Recently I got to review one of Skier’s DSLR rigs. The first thing I noticed was the close attention to detail that went in to making this rig. The Skier DSLR rig comes with adaptable accessories so you can build it up with your own gear. This is awesome for those of you with random gear from other companies because it means that you can use it with the Skier. Okay, so what does this rig have?
Let’s get right down to the nuts and bolts here:
*There is a camera quick release plate that you can adjust up, down, left, right. There are 1/4 threadings and cold shoes with locks on the O Ring that fits around the lens. This means you can mount gear onto the rig easily, ie: LED light, mic, monitor, etc.
*The standard 15mm rods that the Skier comes with means that you can build up on this rig.
*The Skier has metal clamps, a top handle grip and lightweight carbon-fiber like rods.
*There are small removeable pins with rubber bumpers on the back of the quick release plate to prevent the camera from twisting on the quick release. Anyone who shoots enough knows what it’s like when this happens. Introduce a follow focus and with enough twisting loose, the gears are no longer mating and you have to readjust everything! It’s the tiny attention to the small details like this that I’m totally loving about this rig.
*The follow focus uses a quick release clamp and it comes with different size lens gears in electric blue. I personally like this little color splash.
*The follow focus is made with a Huco gear box. There is NO riser on the follow focus though so it can only mate certain lenses and if you have a battery grip it might be difficult to fit. You can use the Follow Focus on either side, but the gear is NOT reversable, it is fixed on one side of the gearbox.
*This follow focus has minimal backlash. The pointer on the follow focus, however, is not adjustable. This means that you must look around to the front of the dial to really see where you need to stop in order to hit your mark on the dial.
*With this rig you have access to your battery door which is nice. You don’t need to take it all apart to swap out a dead battery.
The Skier Rig also offers optional cage pieces to allow different configurations of the rig. This will fit a camera with battery grip, as the O Ring will not. The Skier Rig configuration with a battery grip is shown below.
The true benefit of having a rig like this is the versatility you have while shooting. You can move from a Glidecam to a monopod to a tripod to a shoulder rig in one motion with the quick release plate. Meaning, this is really meant to be a modular piece. You can transfer your setup and keep it all together. Great stuff from Skier! You can find more information about Skier at http://www.luck-in.com, and for UK buyers distribution can be found at http://shop.nomadvision.co.uk/
You can also find some of their products via eBay (click here).
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