Canon 60D Camera Rig
The camera rig itself is a very popular basic camera rig known as the spider camera rig. It’s available from a number of online shopping sites in a range of prices from £29.99 to £75, I paid £29.99 on Ebay, delivered free from a company in China. At the same time I bought a couple of screw thread adaptors which serve to change the female 1/4 inch screw threads to male. basically they are 1/4 inch screws with a centrally located nut, simple but effective and very useful for attaching accessories.
Side view of the Canon 60D Camera Rig as you can see I’m using the screen flipped out sidewise from the camera body and fitted this with a Viewfinder Magnifier which is 3x magnification which roughly translates into viewing the scene using a 9″ display.
Front view of the Canon 60D Camera Rig. The camera is fitted with the 18mm – 55mm kit lens but I’ve added a cheap Wide Angle filter screw attached lens to the front which effectively opens out my angle to 11mm.
Note the Cable Release on the right hand grip. This controls the Auto Focus and start and stop recording when used in conjunction with Magic Lantern and operates the focus when the button is half depressed and starts recording on release, push again to stop recording. It also functions as a shutter release for taking stills when the button is fully depressed. Without Magic Lantern software it will only control the shutter for taking still pictures. The only other way I know to get remote video control this way without using Magic Lantern is to use the Canon infra red remote release and modify/channel the signals direction to reflect onto the front of the camera and the infra red sensor using a length of fibre optic cable.
How does it work?
I’ve used the setup a few times now and videos I’ve taken using it shoulder mounted are stable. The rig has also proven to be very useful when taking low level shots just by putting it on the ground and adjusting the rear leg to control the cameras angle. In fact the rig has opened up a number of creative possibilities.
Focusing, always a problem when using a DSLR could be improved by adding a follow focus, which could be operated by reaching up with a finger from the left grip, alternatively they do make follow focuses with a cable control which could be mounted actually on the hand grip. There is already the benefit of being able to control the distance of the camera from the subject and therefore focus just by walking towards or away from the subject to maintain focus.