By Dan Chung
Half Inch Rails have launched the very interesting looking HIR_SP shoulder pad solution for camera rigs. The solution is actually a series of plastic pads which slide onto 15mm rails and combine together to provide support. This is instead of a traditional sculpted rubber block or rubber on metal pad commonly seen on rigs. The idea is that the shape of the pad curves in such a way as to keep the camera horizontal when on the shoulder and each pad compresses under weight to fit the curve of your shoulder. The other concept they talk about is how it breaks down easily for travel – a feature that some news shooters will certainly enjoy. Check out the video below.
I have no idea how well this works or how comfortable it is but Half Inch Rails will be at the Canon Pro Solutions show in London where I am also speaking next week – I hope to check it out then.
They are sold as a set of five or individually. Price is £30 for a set + delivery and tax but there is an introductory offer right now at £20. You can find out more here.