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VITEC FS-5 Handle Mount Cradle

B&H # VICFS5 Mfr # 11826
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You Pay: $119.95

The Vitec Multimedia ASYF-1325-01LF is a mount for the FS-5 DTE recorder. The mount makes it easy to carry the recorder and the video camera at the same time by attaching to the handle, keeping the entire system in one place.

VITEC FS-5 Handle Mount Cradle
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    VITECFS-5 Handle Mount Cradle
     
    2.5

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    45%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (4)
    • Improves performance (3)

    Cons

    • Poor design (6)
    • Limited compatibility (4)
    • Lacks functionality (3)
    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (4)
    • In the studio (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional artist (4), Business owner (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    I would buy this again

    THis holds our FOcus hard drive like a glove. My only wish for improvement would be to have a larger c-brace to attached the bracket to the leg of our tripod. THe c-brace fits...Read complete review

    THis holds our FOcus hard drive like a glove. My only wish for improvement would be to have a larger c-brace to attached the bracket to the leg of our tripod. THe c-brace fits nicely on the handle of our Canon GL-2 camcorder. The problem is that some of my staff are too short to be able to see the face of the hard drive. IT would be more convenient if we could attach it to the tripod leg.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good to have, but could be improved

    A handle mount is a necessity for the firestores, but unfortunately the design makes it difficult to adjust the firestore settings when the camera is on a tripod. The mounts are also not designed...Read complete review

    A handle mount is a necessity for the firestores, but unfortunately the design makes it difficult to adjust the firestore settings when the camera is on a tripod. The mounts are also not designed for quick removal, so do not plan to switch them between cameras readily. Also, the little screws strip easily (one of them was already problematic when we received the mount), and I won't be surprised if they shear off in the future. If you should have to change the battery of the Firestores, it would be impossible due to the crazy design of the firestore battery compartment. Until they come out with another design, I will have to be satisfied with the mount.

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    1.0

    Better than nothing, but not by much

    By Del Mar Videography

    from San Diego, Ca

    About Me Hobbyist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Looks Great

    Cons

    • Poor Design
    • Pricey / Poor Value

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films
    • Location shoots

    Comments about VITEC FS-5 Handle Mount Cradle:

    The thumbscrews get lost, the clamp doesn't fasten well to tripods, and the two securing "arms" at the bottom break off easily. This design is absolutely the worst.OTOH, the materials and workmanship are absolutely superb.Any DIY hobbyist can come up with a hillbilly cradle for way less than $[$].

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    • No

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    4.0

    FS-5 Handle Mount

    By ProAudioGuy

    from Minneapolis

    About Me Technology Educator

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • DTE is the way to go
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality
    • Sturdy

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about VITEC FS-5 Handle Mount Cradle:

    For the most part, I like the mount. It is solid and sturdy. Mounted on the handle doesn't throw the balance off, as it would being mounted on the side. So using the GlideCam still works smooth. The SteadyCam also.
    On a regular tripod, its placement isn't as critical, but holding a XH-A1 with extra weight on one side can be problematic.
    Overall two thumbs up.

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    • No

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    1.0

    Poorly designed

    By Dustin

    from Iowa

    About Me Traveling Videographer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Limited Compatibility
      • Poor Design
      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

        Comments about VITEC FS-5 Handle Mount Cradle:

        The negative reviews of this are accurate: too heavy, too expensive, and too few options for mounting. For a traveling videographer using a Canon XH-A1s, this is an impractical way to mount an FS device.

        I found an alternative bracket designed and sold by Bracket1. It's lighter weight, less expensive, and with a Manfrotto heavy duty swivel mount fits perfectly in the shoe of an XH-A1s. I'll be returning the Vitec bracket.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Much needed accessory

        By silverpony

        from columbus,ohio

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Highly Compatible

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • In The Studio

          Comments about VITEC FS-5 Handle Mount Cradle:

          The FC-5 Handle Cradle your DTE recorder fits precisely as it shoould on fluid head handle or camcorder. The price tag on it sounds alittle high..however it is a quality holder.

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          • No

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          1.0

          Fs-5 Handle Cradle Hex Pins break off

          By Professor Ed

          from Country VA

          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

          Pros

          • Only Solution on market

          Cons

          • Lacks Functionality
          • Limited Compatibility
          • Poor Design
          • Pricey / Poor Value

          Best Uses

          • In The Studio

          Comments about VITEC FS-5 Handle Mount Cradle:

          is in the way of the handle for the Canon Xha1s so you need to use the remote since the buttons are covered. Hex pins are chip because mine broke off inside the clamp. They are so small it will take a lot to find a bit and replacement to reattach. Don't waste your money.

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          • No

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          4.0

          I would buy this again

          By Melanie

          from Locust Grove, VA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Limited Compatibility

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Independent Films

          Comments about VITEC FS-5 Handle Mount Cradle:

          THis holds our FOcus hard drive like a glove. My only wish for improvement would be to have a larger c-brace to attached the bracket to the leg of our tripod. THe c-brace fits nicely on the handle of our Canon GL-2 camcorder. The problem is that some of my staff are too short to be able to see the face of the hard drive. IT would be more convenient if we could attach it to the tripod leg.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Not worth the price

          By Kay Fabian

          from Washington, DC

          About Me Filmmaker, Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Lacks Functionality
            • Poor Design
            • Too Expensive

            Best Uses

              Comments about VITEC FS-5 Handle Mount Cradle:

              Apparently this is the only mount for the FS-5 but it doesn't mount to my Canon XH-A1. The mount is too large and hinders the use of the hot shoe. The design is very cheaply made and doesn't justify a [$] price tag. I had to return it and I am still looking for something to mount the FS-5 with. For now, I have to have an assistant hold it while I shoot. I do not recommend this product, especially at this price.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Stable

              By JZ Media

              from SF Bay Area

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about VITEC FS-5 Handle Mount Cradle:

                  Fits like a charm and screws in for extra stability. The one thing that makes it difficult to use is the Firewire out conflicts with the spacing available for the hot shoe. But, by removing the strain relief on the Firewire cable, it gives you just enough room to slip your attachment in.

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                  • No

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                  1.0

                  Coudn't use it on my tripod/heavy

                  By JRG

                  from Staten Island, NY

                  About Me Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about VITEC FS-5 Handle Mount Cradle:

                        Not appropriate for my current tripod- cannot use the camera top as the microphone occupies the space, and cannot fit it to the tripod itself.

                        It is also too heavy/bulky.

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                        • No

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                        3.0

                        Good to have, but could be improved

                        By Pete

                        from Amherst, MA

                        About Me Student TV Production

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Improves Performance

                        Cons

                        • Poor Design

                        Best Uses

                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about VITEC FS-5 Handle Mount Cradle:

                        A handle mount is a necessity for the firestores, but unfortunately the design makes it difficult to adjust the firestore settings when the camera is on a tripod. The mounts are also not designed for quick removal, so do not plan to switch them between cameras readily. Also, the little screws strip easily (one of them was already problematic when we received the mount), and I won't be surprised if they shear off in the future. If you should have to change the battery of the Firestores, it would be impossible due to the crazy design of the firestore battery compartment. Until they come out with another design, I will have to be satisfied with the mount.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        2.0

                        Very Over Priced

                        By Rick

                        from Oklahoma City, OK

                        About Me Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Lacks Functionality
                          • Limited Compatibility
                          • Poor Design

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about VITEC FS-5 Handle Mount Cradle:

                            Upgraded from the Focus HDD to the FS units. Needed a cradle to hold it on the camera. It is made of all aluminum & had to modify it so it would mount to the camera. Very over priced by Focus. It is one of those things you have to have. Focus marketing knew what they were doing.

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                            4.0

                            Handy Assessory

                            By EagleView

                            from SouthEastern Massachusetts

                            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about VITEC FS-5 Handle Mount Cradle:

                                Connects the FS-CV to the Camcorder very nicely.
                                One of the thumb screws seems to be stripped and will not screw through the handle mount and so far I have not had a response from F.E.

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