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ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization

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Product Highlights
  • DSLR & Camcorder Shoulder Support
  • Adjustable Chest Brace
  • Multiple Mounting Platforms
  • Foam Gripbar

The ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization offers a lightweight, affordable solution to keeping your DSLR or camcorder stable during handheld shooting. Its ergonomic design and adjustable chest brace allow it to fit comfortably over your body, while the interchangeable mounting platforms make either a video or still camera equally at home. And with the Elements foam handgrip, you get additional stability and control when shooting video with a DSLR. Composed of high-density plastic and weighing 2 lb, the entire Recoil unit folds up neatly for easy storage.

Affordable & Ergonomic
Affordability and comfort have never been synonymous with camera shoulder rigs--until now. The Recoil is smooth and easy to use, with a shoulder piece that "hooks" to your body. And with the adjustable chest brace, the camera's weight is evenly distributed across your frame.
Perfect For Your Camera
Whether your camera of choice is an HMC-150, a Canon 5D Mark II, Sony NEX-VG10 or another prosumer camera, you're covered with the Recoil. The included large baseplate and riser baseplate give you flexibility and adjustability, no matter your preferred form factor, for any camera weighing up to 10 pounds. Even weight distribution and a stable camera platform will keep you shooting for hours on end.
Material High-density plastic
Weight 2 lb (0.9 kg)
ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization
  • Elements Foam Grip Bar
  • Elements Rosette w/1/4"-20 Screw
  • HDSLR Platform
  • Prosumer Camera Platform
  • Recoil Body
  • Soft Carry Bag
  • 1 Year Warranty

  • Included Free

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    ikanRecoil Camera Stabilization
     
    3.9

    (based on 51 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (21)
    • Easy to use (19)
    • Adjustable (17)
    • Improves performance (17)
    • Interfaces well with camcorder (11)

    Cons

    • Poorly padded (3)

    Best Uses

    • Supporting camera (19)
    • Stable (16)
    • Shooting outdoors (15)
    • Travel (12)
    • Shooting indoors (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Aspiring film maker (13), Pro photographer (12), Film professional (6), Semi-pro photographer (6), Tech savvy (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (44)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Pleasantly surprised

    I'm just getting around to using my Canon 7D as a video camera, and have found that my skills are simply not developed sufficiently to where my handheld shots are as stable as I'd...Read complete review

    I'm just getting around to using my Canon 7D as a video camera, and have found that my skills are simply not developed sufficiently to where my handheld shots are as stable as I'd like them. Because I am not a seasoned professional videographer, I'll never get the hours of practice required to improve this. So, it became apparent that I needed some sort of shoulder support for the camera. I started searching B&H, and within minutes became overwhelmed by the assortment of shoulder-mounting systems (and the prices thereof). Don't get me wrong; I firmly believe that you get what you pay for. However, not knowing if a shoulder support would even correct the shakiness of my video, I wasn't prepared drop a grand (or more) to experiment, B&H's generous return policy notwithstanding.

    I chatted with a B&H rep, explaining that I was using a 7D w/ a Zacuto Pro viewfinder, and asked what sort of reasonably-priced shoulder solution he might recommend. In a few minutes, he directed me to the Ikan shoulder support. The price was certainly reasonable, at under a hundred bucks. The reviews were generally good, too, so I pulled the trigger and bought the system.

    Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from a support so often described as "plastic," but when it arrived (housed in a nice little black velvet bag, I might add), I was pleasantly surprised. The system feels fairly substantial, and once I figured out the proper camera placement on the Zacuto gorrilla plate, the whole rig felt quite sturdy. I immediately set about shooting some footage, and yep, as I hoped, my stuff was indeed less shaky. Of course, I'll have to use it more "in the field," so to speak, but the bottom line for me is that, until I decide that I need/want a more elaborate shoulder rig, this Ikan system should serve me well as my skills progress.

    One thing I haven't yet tried is whether this rig would work with a battery pack installed. It seems that the camera would be a bit too high to use the Zacuto VF in this way, but I'll hook it up and see.

    My personal advice: if you're looking to try out a good-quality shoulder mount for a DSLR without taking out a second mortgage, the Ikan shoulder mount should definitely be in the running. I'd buy it again, and I'd give it as a gift to my DSLR-shooting mother-in-law!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good quality for a reasonable price

    I used the product with a much heavier camera than the specifications and my footage came out better than i had expected. With a smaller camera, you can control your steadiness with ease,...Read complete review

    I used the product with a much heavier camera than the specifications and my footage came out better than i had expected. With a smaller camera, you can control your steadiness with ease, and for around $100.

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    4.0

    Awesome stabilization

    By Booboo the bear

    from Birmingham, AL

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

    This thing is great! Folds nicely, very comfortable to use, and stabilizes nicely. I use it to video live bands and artists and it serves my needs very well. The grip screw could be a little better designed to allow tightening to be easier, and the screw that holds the chest piece doesn't lock very well, so if you have a heavy pull on the handle it could slip. Otherwise great construction!

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    4.0

    This thing really works!

    By VidRip

    from Portland, OR

    About Me Film Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Interface With Camcorder
    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting Indoors
      • Shooting Outdoors
      • Travel

      Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

      It's a stabilizer and that's what it does. I use it for video and it's a big improvement over having nothing. It also seems to work better than cheap gimbal rigs. I started using it with an NEX-7 - a nice light camera - and the results have been very good. Then, just for kicks, I stuck my SONY FS-100 on there - that big, heavy box. And I attached the eyepiece - and much to my surprise - I could get the eyepiece right up against my eye while holding the whole thing steady. I'm not going to pretend that this is a replacement for a $ rail system. But the fact is - it works reasonably well - it's compact, well made - easy to use, easy to store and well worth the money.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great for my first support rig

      By Kolb Visuals

      from Williamsport, PA

      About Me Aspiring Film Maker

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Shooting Outdoors
        • Travel

        Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

        This is the first stabilizer I have purchased, and I have got to say that for the price, it was great. I use mostly prime lenses on my Canon and this really helped get rid of most of the shake. Granted it wont completely solve the issue, but with some practice and smooth handling it definitely helps a lot. Its also great if you plan on adding anything i.e a follow focus and rail system, they left lots of room. So for a first rig I would highly recommend this to the beginner. And for the pro it would make a great backup.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Exelente

        By aries

        from Passaic Nj.

        Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

        Muy buen estabilizador practico y comodo

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        2.0

        Uncomfortable

        By Sue

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Film Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

              i found this very uncomfortable. the shoulder part dug into my skin. the padding is minimal and was already separating as it is simply glued on. it is lightweight, which is a plus and it is inexpensive but it didn't work for me. Returned.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Good Stabilizer for the money

              By Reduce Media

              from Somerville, MA

              About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Sometimes Uncomfortable

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Steady Handheld Oper

              Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

              Solidly built stabilizer for the money, easy to use, variety of mounting options. Could be a little more comfortable where it sits on your chest and back but I'm going to supplement the padding to amend that.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great Solution for the Money

              By Dan @ PACTV

              from Plymouth, MA

              About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Shooting Indoors
                • Shooting Outdoors

                Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

                Using 6 of these with our Canon XL100's. Provides just enough stability to get results like a true shoulder mounted camera. Light weight and easy to stow in our Kata cases. A worthwhile, inexpensive way to explore stabilization for event coverage and ENG applications.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Pleasantly surprised

                By The Barefoot Running Vegan

                from Oceanside, CA

                About Me Video Noob

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Performance
                • Lightweight
                • Quality Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Travel

                  Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

                  I'm just getting around to using my Canon 7D as a video camera, and have found that my skills are simply not developed sufficiently to where my handheld shots are as stable as I'd like them. Because I am not a seasoned professional videographer, I'll never get the hours of practice required to improve this. So, it became apparent that I needed some sort of shoulder support for the camera. I started searching B&H, and within minutes became overwhelmed by the assortment of shoulder-mounting systems (and the prices thereof). Don't get me wrong; I firmly believe that you get what you pay for. However, not knowing if a shoulder support would even correct the shakiness of my video, I wasn't prepared drop a grand (or more) to experiment, B&H's generous return policy notwithstanding.

                  I chatted with a B&H rep, explaining that I was using a 7D w/ a Zacuto Pro viewfinder, and asked what sort of reasonably-priced shoulder solution he might recommend. In a few minutes, he directed me to the Ikan shoulder support. The price was certainly reasonable, at under a hundred bucks. The reviews were generally good, too, so I pulled the trigger and bought the system.

                  Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from a support so often described as "plastic," but when it arrived (housed in a nice little black velvet bag, I might add), I was pleasantly surprised. The system feels fairly substantial, and once I figured out the proper camera placement on the Zacuto gorrilla plate, the whole rig felt quite sturdy. I immediately set about shooting some footage, and yep, as I hoped, my stuff was indeed less shaky. Of course, I'll have to use it more "in the field," so to speak, but the bottom line for me is that, until I decide that I need/want a more elaborate shoulder rig, this Ikan system should serve me well as my skills progress.

                  One thing I haven't yet tried is whether this rig would work with a battery pack installed. It seems that the camera would be a bit too high to use the Zacuto VF in this way, but I'll hook it up and see.

                  My personal advice: if you're looking to try out a good-quality shoulder mount for a DSLR without taking out a second mortgage, the Ikan shoulder mount should definitely be in the running. I'd buy it again, and I'd give it as a gift to my DSLR-shooting mother-in-law!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Nice for the price

                  By Schmidty

                  from Mankato, MN

                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Interface With Camcorder
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Shooting Indoors
                    • Shooting Outdoors
                    • Travel

                    Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

                    Solid construction; More than expected.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Nice affordable rig for dslrs

                    By Michael

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Interface With Camcorder
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight
                    • Quality Construction

                    Cons

                    • No Instructions
                    • Too long

                    Best Uses

                    • Videography

                    Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

                    This rig is very well priced, way cheaper than the dual rod style ones. It provides prety good stabilization and the fit against your chest is comfortable, making it easy to use. The negatives: as usual with Ikan products NO DOCUMENTATION, which is highly annoying, making this hard to assemble. Also, the design could be a bit smaller, the mount is really a collection of 3 or 4 mounts all attached together, which results in the camera being a little too far away from your face idally. This makes adjusting focus harder than it needs to be.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Fantastic

                    By In your DP

                    from Murfreesboro, TN

                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Interface With Camcorder
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight
                    • Quality Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Shooting Indoors
                      • Shooting Outdoors
                      • Travel

                      Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

                      I use this product with my DSLR and it works great. Makes camera held shots so much more smooth than just holding it alone. It's worth the little bit of money that it costs

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Finally Some Stability in My Life!

                      By pd crossroad design co.

                      from Portland, ME

                      About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Limited Mobility

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

                      I'm actually pretty surprised by this rig. It's low price-point was concerning to me, but it really hasn't shown to be an issue thus far. The rig is made mainly of plastic, so it's lightweight, but does have some give to it with all the extensions attached. However, I found that while using it with a DSLR, full extension isn't really necessary.

                      I also like the fact that this is a resistive rig rather than weighted--which for long shoots is a HUGE plus.

                      Folds up for easy storage and came with a little storage bag too.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      great gear for a great price

                      By michael christoforo

                      from new york, new york

                      About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Interface With Camcorder
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quality Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Shooting Indoors
                        • Shooting Outdoors
                        • Travel

                        Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

                        This is a great product, especially for on the go, run and gun shooting. the chest pice is a huge help if shooting for long hours. I really like this and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a nice shoulder mount for a great price. Thanks!

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                        • No

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                        3.0

                        Ok for the price

                        By joss

                        from mexico city

                        About Me Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel

                        Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

                        It is very useful when you need to use the video mode without a tripod. Although it avoids movement, it is not totally stable because of the way it attaches to the chest and back, not that stable 100%... also it was slightly looking downward because the way I had to arrange it over my chest; I would've loved if it had some kind knob to tilt it.
                        Other than that it was ok.

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                        • Yes

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                        4.0

                        Functional, simple, inexpensive

                        By JohnC

                        from Washington, DC

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Interface With Camcorder
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Movies
                          • Shooting Indoors
                          • Shooting Outdoors

                          Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

                          It is functional, simple, and inexpensive. At first, it seems a bit cheap being all plastic. But it is rugged enough to survive normal use.

                          Breath control: The camera will rise and fall with your breathing as the lower arm rests on your chest. As long as you can breath in a shallow manner and control the movement, you'll be fine, but it takes a bit of practice. You can also do pans and tilts with practice.

                          Generally, I use this for shootng a talking head in an interview session. Good for my XA10 and my 5D MkII.

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                          4.0

                          Good Value For The Money

                          By nemo

                          from medora, nd

                          About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Interface With Camcorder
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Shooting Outdoors

                            Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

                            very flexible and also gives you the option to install a strap.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            making a "rifle" stock for my camera

                            By Flicker

                            from Phoenix

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Lightweight
                            • Quality Construction
                            • Will be good

                            Cons

                            • Interfacing with camera

                            Best Uses

                            • Pitching boat
                            • Shooting Outdoors
                            • Travel

                            Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

                            I bought this to be used like a rifle stock for a camera to be used on boats. Folded so the two arms are together it is comfortable and beefy enough to hold the camera more still than if I try hand-holding the camera sideways. I still need a knurled knob to screw the camera down. Unfortunately the stock has the wrong screw and thread, but I have a machinist who can make it.
                            Used in the normal design with the hook over the shoulder and the flat piece against the chest it would be too fixed for shooting up or down quickly and would require bending backwards or forwards, which is tough to do on a rolling boat for any length of time and is very unsteady.

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                            3.0

                            Hold your breath...for a very long time.

                            By jeranova

                            from North Bethesda, MD

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

                                  This product might work for you, but it sure didn't for me. It might just be because, I can't hold my breath for a very long time. Let say for 2 days! Ok, I might be exaggerating, but I really had a hard time "stabilizing" my shots using this product. I used it to shoot a 2-days indian wedding. It worked about less than 20mins, but after that, my shots got too shaky, because I started getting uncomfortable and catching my breath using it. Plus, my 5D MK II wasn't seemed secured. I was kind of worried the whole time I was using it that my camera might come off and fall. So yes, I returned this item back. Again, it might work for you, but it didn't for me.

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                                  5.0

                                  REALLY GREAT

                                  By speaker for the dreamer

                                  from New York, NY

                                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

                                    Very easy to assemble. Handles extremely well. My fav so far

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                                    5.0

                                    Great shoulder support

                                    By Tom

                                    from Orem, UT

                                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                    • Improves Performance
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Quality Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Providing Stablization
                                      • Shooting Indoors
                                      • Shooting Outdoors

                                      Comments about ikan Recoil Camera Stabilization:

                                      I looked at a lot of different products before deciding to go with this one. I was a little sceptical at first because of the low price but I couldn't be happier! It helps a lot with stabilization and takes a lot of unnescessary strain off my arms.
                                      Some people have complained that your breathing will make the camera rise and fall. I think that is because they are not wearing the mount right. There is actually a spring that absorbs the motion of normal breathing (maybe not if you just ran a mile and are breathing supper hard) but as long as you don't extend the chest support arm past the shock absorbing spring you should be fine.
                                      I would definitely recommend this product.

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