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Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Sony's HDR-HC1 & HVR-A1 Camcorders

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The Cavision RPSHC Spacer avoids interference from the tape ejection mechanism and battery release function when using a tripod, rods support, Beachtek adapter or other accessory.

Designed for smaller camcorders with a 1/4" 20 tripod thread, for example like Sony's HDR-HC1 & HVR-A1 Camcorders.

Attaches to 1/4" tripod thread on camera, and provides two alternate 1/4" thread positions at bottom.
Locating pin and contoured design provide enhanced stability.
Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Sony's HDR-HC1 & HVR-A1 Camcorders
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    CavisionRPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders
     
    4.1

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (15)
    • Highly compatible (9)
    • Professional quality (9)
    • Compact (8)
    • Improves performance (7)

    Cons

    • Poor performance (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (8)
    • In the studio (8)
    • Independent films (6)
    • Complex projects (5)
      • How long have you owned it:
      • A month or less

         

        100% 

        (3 reviews)

        One-to-three months

         

        Three-to-six months

         

        More than six months

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (9), Professional artist (7), Enthusiast (5), Film student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Makes Bottom Loaders Workable

    This little gadget is very handy for quick tape changes on my Sony HVR A1U. When mounted right it gives just enough room to eject and reload – Without taking the camera off...Read complete review

    This little gadget is very handy for quick tape changes on my Sony HVR A1U. When mounted right it gives just enough room to eject and reload – Without taking the camera off of the tri-pod or mono-pod mount.

    I would give it one more star, except that the small surface area where the camera contacts the mount can allow the camera to wobble slightly, as opposed to the camera mounting directly to a tri-pod adaptor plate. A re-design giving it more surface area to the rear and to the left of the plate would solve this problem.

    Nonetheless, if you're careful with it, you can get a tri-pod mounted re-load down to about 20 seconds, where removing the camera from the tri-pod and mount, then reassembling them can add a minute or more of missed action.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not so fast...

    I just received this spacer today for my A1U and although well made, it only works with one of three tripods and head combinations (an old Bogen 3021, and that is when the...Read complete review

    I just received this spacer today for my A1U and although well made, it only works with one of three tripods and head combinations (an old Bogen 3021, and that is when the camera is flipped 180 degrees from the control handles).

    Cavision's site says that you may not be able to remove the tape from some tripods. That should read any semi or professional tripod and maybe works with a small consumer tripod at best.

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    5.0

    Solved my problem

    By Jim

    from Lake Forest, California

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects

      Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

      Used camcorder for long school programs and high school sports. Spacer eliminated down time. Now able to "quickly" insert new tape. Economical solution compared to purchasing a digital unit to record on.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Exactly what I needed!

      By dhoule

      from Rockledge, FL

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

          I have a Canon Vixia HF G10 and like many other Canons the battery unlock tab is on the bottom of the camera, so if you attach your camera to a tripod base plate or XLR adapter you can't swap batteries. This spacer elevates the camera off the base and allows easy access to the battery tab. It's metal, solid, fit perfectly, isn't too big or too small, it's exactly what I needed.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Works as advertised

          By phatphoto

          from Vacaville ca

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

                It allows access to the tape bay. It does not lock down completely, so there is some lateral slippage.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                This RPSHC Spacer is worth every dime!

                By Project333

                from Dallas, Texas

                About Me Business Owner, Film Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Improves Performance
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Home Movies
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

                  Having this RPSHCS Spacer has saved me a lot of time when changing tapes. My bottom loading Sony Camcorder is now a joy to use. I use to have to release the camcorder from the tripod (which took too much time). Now, I just open the cassette door on the tripod and exchange the tapes. The time saved make the RPSHC Spacer worth every dime. I would recommend it to anyone with a bottom loading camcorder.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Works but slightly wobbly.

                  By Griffy013

                  from Washington, DC

                  About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible

                  Cons

                  • Poor Performance

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

                  I've used this spacer twice. It does the job but is not as sturdy as putting the camera directly on the tripod head. Obviously putting it on the tripod head isn't going to do you much good though, as you won't be able to change tapes without removing the camera from the head.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  3.0

                  OKay with some limitations

                  By Robby

                  from San Clemente, CA

                  About Me Serious Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Does what its supposed to

                  Cons

                  • Should have a larger top

                  Best Uses

                  • A single purpose gadget

                  Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

                  My Sony A1U loads tape from the bottom - a real inconvenience. I use this thing to lift the camera high enough to enable me to reload tape when the camera is mounted on a tripod. The spacer is a "make do" workaround to accommodate a poor camera design - nothing more. The spacer provides a very small top surface upon which the camera rests. This needs to be larger to adequately stabilize the camera. As a result I feel that I need to exercise an extra amount of caution whenever using it.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Makes Bottom Loaders Workable

                  By LatteBros

                  from Dallas

                  About Me Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                  • Allows slight shake

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Home Movies
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

                  This little gadget is very handy for quick tape changes on my Sony HVR A1U. When mounted right it gives just enough room to eject and reload – Without taking the camera off of the tri-pod or mono-pod mount.

                  I would give it one more star, except that the small surface area where the camera contacts the mount can allow the camera to wobble slightly, as opposed to the camera mounting directly to a tri-pod adaptor plate. A re-design giving it more surface area to the rear and to the left of the plate would solve this problem.

                  Nonetheless, if you're careful with it, you can get a tri-pod mounted re-load down to about 20 seconds, where removing the camera from the tri-pod and mount, then reassembling them can add a minute or more of missed action.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                   
                  4.0

                  Does the job

                  By J-Will

                  from Cleveland, Ohio

                  About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible

                  Cons

                  • Camera become loose

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects

                  Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

                  Does exactly what its supposed to do but does feel like the camera looses a bit of stability from the lack of surface area touching the tripod.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  3.0

                  It's the simple things ...

                  By Tony Magik

                  from London, UK

                  About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

                    The general complaint from HVR A1 users is access to the DV tape cassette when using a tripod due to the downward carriage design. This solves the problem by giving that crucial extra gap.

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                    2.0

                    I can change tapes and battery now but..

                    By Sparkimus Prime

                    from Pueblo, CO

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist, Videographer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Makes Camera Wobbly
                    • Poor Design
                    • Poor Performance

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

                      I think that it was a good idea. But after you have it on you can't get any decent shots any more because the camera is so wobbly. So I made a U-shaped hook that supports my camera. I can take that out when I need to change the tape.

                      Otherwise I was pretty disappointed with it

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                      5.0

                      A must have for smaller cameras

                      By Cowboy Film Maker

                      from Oakdale, CA.

                      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

                        If you have or plan to buy a smaller camera that loads tape from the bottom, this is a must have accessory. Even if you don't use it all the time, it's handy to have in your bag. This small, light weight spacer raises the camera about an inch off of your tripod mount plate or rail system mount base, and is a BIG time saver when changing tape or batteries. It dose make the camera slightly unstable, but I find that acceptable given the time saved when not having to reset a shot after a tape or battery change by completely dismounting the camera.

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                        5.0

                        Works Great

                        By Big D

                        from NWA

                        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

                        Excellent product. Use them on our Sony vid cams that load from the bottom (HVR-A1U). Works like a charm and stays put and stable on the tripod head. No trouble swapping tapes without having to remove cam from plate.

                        Extremely well built and durable as we shoot, well often.

                        Highly recommended.

                        Pro photographer and videographer.

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                        3.0

                        ok solution, not great.

                        By mark

                        from dallas, tx

                        About Me Business Owner

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

                              a decent work around to sony's poor design. stresses the threaded mount over time and becomes a little wobbly.

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                              4.0

                              Good Product, Not a fix all

                              By Chris

                              from North Carolina

                              About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Improves Performance

                              Cons

                              • Lacks Functionality

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

                                The spacer allows battery removal while mounted on most any tripod, however with my tripod head (Manfrotto 501HDV), you still have to remove the camera to change tapes. It does save having to remove the tripod plate however, which saves time. It is an improvement, but does not solve all problems. Also, if you attempt any type of moving shot using your tripod to steady the shot, you will get some vibration or slight rocking due to the narrow base of the spacer. Again, not a big problem, but something to keep in mind.

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                                5.0

                                Just what the doctor ordered!

                                By Big Slice

                                from Maryland

                                About Me Business Owner

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

                                    Not much to describe other then its solid anodized aluminum, not plastic, bolts on just like it should and lets you swap tapes without unbolting your tri-pod mount.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Product !!

                                    By Skip

                                    from Blackwell, TX

                                    About Me Hobbyist

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home Movies
                                      • In The Studio

                                      Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

                                      This is a great product! Makes getting to your tape door easy and fast without having to unscrew the tripod mount in order to change tapes.

                                      PROS: I found this very handy when tranfering my video to the PC for editing.

                                      CONS: The base that attaches to the cam could be a little larger in order to spread the weight out more across the frame.

                                      • How long have you owned it:
                                      • A month or less

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                                      5.0

                                      Perfect Solution

                                      By Philip

                                      from San Francisco, CA

                                      About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Hobbyist

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Complex Projects
                                        • Home Movies
                                        • Independent Films
                                        • In The Studio

                                        Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

                                        I like to use my hdv camcorder on a platform with handles and a flexible arm to attach a shotgun mic, or mic receiver. Using this meant I don't have to detach the camcorder so that I can change the tape. Simple as that. Saved me 15 minutes on my last shoot.

                                        • How long have you owned it:
                                        • A month or less

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                                        2.0

                                        Not so fast...

                                        By Mark G

                                        from Richmond, Va

                                        About Me Business Owner

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Highly Compatible
                                        • Professional Quality

                                        Cons

                                        • Lacks Functionality
                                        • Poor Performance

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home Movies

                                        Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

                                        I just received this spacer today for my A1U and although well made, it only works with one of three tripods and head combinations (an old Bogen 3021, and that is when the camera is flipped 180 degrees from the control handles).

                                        Cavision's site says that you may not be able to remove the tape from some tripods. That should read any semi or professional tripod and maybe works with a small consumer tripod at best.

                                        • How long have you owned it:
                                        • A month or less

                                        Share this review

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Accessory for Sony HVR-A1U cures its biggest problem

                                        By Robert Moehle

                                        from Longview WA

                                        Comments about Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders:

                                        I got the Sony HVR-A1U camcorder for our school's Media Services Department. Great camcorder-produces very high quality footage at a reasonable price. And it's small, easy to use in the field. Biggest gripe is the bottom-loading tape well, which means you have to take it off the tripod every time you want to change tapes. But the CA vision RPSHC spacer cured that! It holds the camera solidly and makes the tape well accessible without taking it off the tripod. Now I can use the camera anywhere I want for run-and -gun coverage.

                                        Expertise: Professional

                                        Problems Encountered: None. A local videographer was so impressed when he saw this gadget he bought three of them - and three camcorders to go with them!

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