View Full Version : Weight of the Camera In Hand

09-24-2016, 10:02 PM
Hello- To those who own the camera and shot with it, isn't the weight of the camera a burden for shooting more than just a short time?
Of course a tripod or monopod solves the issue. But I'm wondering how well the "run" part of run and gun works with a camera that seems heavy to me.
I've looked around for shoulder mounts (there is a very expensive, over $1000 custom one) but haven't seen a smart solution for extended hand held.

Thanks for any opinions and ideas.

Jonny Gross
09-24-2016, 11:36 PM
So far I haven't felt any more pain and anguish than any other video camera I've used handheld. It is heavier than my old Sony camera, but then I found that if I held that for 30 minutes at a time shooting talking heads (tripod had to be checked in, bags got lost, arrived in Florence sans tripod...long story) my arm wanted to fall off. A few months after I got the 200, I had to shoot talking heads standing up in various locations and this time the client insisted (against my advice) that handheld was so much cooler than using a tripod. The old 'edgier' chestnut. Again, after an extended period, I was aching and needed a break, but I didn't feel any more so than the Sony. If you find a way to brace it on the shoulder or crook of armpit, you can anchor it. I had to get used to the fact that the screen is closer and bigger than the Sony, but otherwise, no problems. Also, image stabilization got a workout. The regular OIS in UHD. Works great. So far I have not had a craving for a shoulder rig.

09-25-2016, 12:33 AM
it may:

Ian Wilhelm
09-25-2016, 04:28 PM
I haven't had any problems with the weight. Its well balanced and feels lighter than a Sony PMW300 even though its not. Anyway this looks pretty good and might be something you are looking for Glidecam's Ultra-Shot Hybrid is a Shoulder Pad ... - No Film School (https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwjp477D0qvPAhVGPiYKHfERB1oQFggeMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnofilmschool.com%2F2016%2F04%2Fgl idecams-ultra-shot-hybrid-shoulder-pad-stabilizer-monopod-hi-hat-one-device&usg=AFQjCNHyRDaRnM2DHWPwyaEuzfF4qF1P2g&sig2=kg189mS_qoDqOVU3VyQf6Q)

ade c
09-26-2016, 01:43 AM
i have this http://cvp.com/index.php?t=product/cvp_shoulder_mount I added a quick release plate for my tripod and some extra padding, cheap, instant to set up and light .

09-26-2016, 05:54 AM
Is mainly plastic and glass. The Tripod + Fsb 8 is much heavier. nothing like those ENG type cam.

Larry Chapman
09-26-2016, 07:21 AM
I agree, I have and use mine (different seller).



09-26-2016, 09:13 AM
I use my DVX200 naked with the big battery and a good-sized shotgun with deadcat hand-held with OIS all the time, for hours and hours. The camera is well-balanced and a joy to use. The size and weight actually make it easier to handle than HVX200 or DVX100 (or other similar types of camcorders). It might help that I'm used to full-size ENG cameras and digital film cameras like a big, fat Red One loaded up at somewhere between 30-50lbs depending on lenses and batteries...on my shoulder or hanging from my hands. As a videographer, DVX200 has never become a burden...though even a mostly plastic camera starts to feel like it's 2-3x heavier than it really is after several hours of shooting, but that's why you put it down every now and then. And if you simply can't (wedding?) the weight still hasn't been a deal-breaker...plus, again, the size and shape of it (including the central placement of the battery compartment) means that it's very well balanced, especially with the heavier batteries. So, I'd say that for me, no, the weight has not yet been a problem at all and I don't see it ever becoming so.

Larry Chapman
09-27-2016, 09:20 AM
This just arrived in my inbox:

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09-28-2016, 11:01 AM
Thank you all for your perspectives.