All you need to know when you decide to buy a professional camera rig.
If you want to buy professional camera rigs, be aware that they come in a huge amount of shapes and sizes. Almost as many as there are cameras probably. They’re time and again always modular, but there are a few cheaper rigs which will always deviate from the standard, and you’ll often regret buying them down the road. Each build of a rig has a pretty exact purpose, but dependent on the style of the shooter, there are no real hard and fast rules accompanying any rig.
You may have seen them at camera trade shows. Those devices fixed to or surrounding cameras to help mount any amount of additional equipment, within reason as to how much weight your poor back can take. Many of them sport mounts to add lights, monitors or mics, almost all of them are bespoke too.
Now, the term camera ‘rig’ can be a bit vague, as it’s often used to label a camera operators collection of cameras, lenses, lights, and mics to name but a few. However, there isn’t any other name which comes close to describing the setup accurately either. The name has simply been stuck in place to usually mean ‘shoulder rig’ or another portable equivalent. By its description, a rig is a modular piece of apparatus used to lengthen the practicality of a camera, whether through allowing additional shooting styles, accommodating for extra gear to be mounted securely, or for steadying the movement within the frame.
When you have decided to buy professional camera rigs, searching for the perfect one, as with all gear, it’s vital to consider a few caveats. The first is to be certain it’s going to be good enough for all of your existing and upcoming projects and even beyond if possible. It’s always feasible to upgrade further down the line, but acquiring something with respectable quality and expandability is certainly worth doing at the start. The other contemplation is that the rig is appropriate for the gear that will be fixed to it. Many rigs have weight limits, which you shouldn’t ever risk going over, and working out if a setup will function with the gear you want to use is vital.
Buying a professional camera rig for shooting is an exhilarating proposition, capable of simplifying and expanding the experience of the operator. Selecting rigs and apparatus as they feed into stability and ease of use, accessory mounting options should be a pleasurable experience, as the take away will be better quality footage, easier and more fruitful shooting too. Just be sure to choose which options are practical for now and in the future, and which are just there to make something look pretty or you just to spend unnecessarily.