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CPM Camera Rigs Flyer Shoulder Rig

B&H # CPFSR MFR # 082_FLYR_DSLR_SHLDR
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Product Highlights
  • Four 12"(30.5 cm) Carbon Rails
  • Two 4" (10.2 cm) Carbon Rails
  • 2 Side Grips
  • OD Belly Pan
  • Enables Easy Maneuvering
  • Mount Your Camera onto a Tripod
  • Offers Support System to Camera Setup
  • Horizontally Adjusts Camera Position
  • Easily Carry Cameras Over Your Shoulders
  • Enables Stable Shooting

The CPM Camera Rigs Flyer Shoulder Rig consists four 12" (30.5 cm) carbon rails, two 4”(10.2 cm) carbon rails, 2 side grips, a Uni strut, Belly pan, offset bracket, shoulder kit and counterweight and allows you to efficiently maneuver your HDSLR camera for videography.

With an OD Belly pan, you can mount your camera onto a tripod while facilitating support for standard rails. Two 1/4-20 threaded metal inserts per side allow the Belly pan to be used with CPM's spacers and release mounts.

The four 12” (30.5 cm) carbon rails and the two 4"(10.2 cm) carbon rails offer a support system to your camera setup and allow you to horizontally adjust the camera position. Made of carbon fiber-compounded polycarbonate resin, the strut makes a sturdy yet light frame for the complete cage.

While the shoulder kit allows you to easily carry the cameras over your shoulders, the counterweight enables stable shooting. The offset bracket moves the shoulder support more to the side of the camera and enables shooting with cameras having a centrally placed viewfinder.

Consists four 12"(30.5 cm) carbon rails, two 4"( 10.2 cm) carbon rails, 2 side grips, a Uni strut, Belly pan, offset bracket, shoulder kit and counterweight
Allows you to efficiently maneuver your HDSLR camera for videography

OD Belly Pan

Allows you to mount your camera onto a tripod
Accepts industry standard rails for enhanced support
Comes with two 1/4-20 threaded metal inserts per side so that the Belly pan can be used with CPM's spacers and release mounts
Four 12" (30.5 cm) carbon rails and the two 4"(10.2 cm) carbon rails offer a support system to your camera setup and allow you to horizontally adjust the camera position
Strut - Made of carbon fiber-compounded polycarbonate resin; makes a sturdy yet light frame for the complete cage
Shoulder kit allows you to easily carry the cameras over your shoulders
Counterweight enables stable shooting
Offset bracket moves the shoulder support more to the side of the camera and enables shooting with cameras having a centrally placed viewfinder
CPM Camera Rigs Flyer Shoulder Rig
  • 4 x 12"(30.5 cm) Carbon Rails
  • 2 x 4"(10.2 cm) Carbon Rails
  • 2 x Side Grips
  • Uni Strut
  • Belly Pan
  • Offset Bracket
  • Shoulder Kit
  • Counterweight Kit
  • 1 - Year Warranty
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    CPM Camera RigsFlyer Shoulder Rig
     
    3.5

    (based on 2 reviews)

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    4.0

    Best Shoulder Rig for this price point

    By Rusty

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great for the price
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • No Manual
    • Plastic parts
    • Wingnuts need bigger wing

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

    Comments about CPM Camera Rigs Flyer Shoulder Rig:

    The primary feature that sold me on this rig was the materials. I read several reviews about rigs with plastic or aluminum threading for the bolts at important tightening positions. Plastic and aluminum threading are impossible to tighten and wear out way to fast to be worthwhile in this application. But all the connections on this rig are metal to metal. That combined with carbon fiber rods made this rig sound better than the redrock. It's not. If you can afford the redrock, or the Zacuto, get that. But for this price point this is the best and I'll tell you why. Even though all of the threading is metal, most of the connection peices, the mounting block, the handles, the offset, are all made out of plastic. That sounds bad, but I actually think it's a good comprimise of materials for weight and price. It's the most durable looking plastic I've ever seen, and it's used sparingly and reinforced with metal. If you were going to build plastic into a rig, I think this is the best possible use of it. It's sturdy and appears to be durable. So the only real complaints I have are the wings on the wing nuts are way to small, it actually hurts and is difficult to tighten. I'll be replacing those. Then besides that, there is no owner's manual. I don't really need one, but I'm a stickler for things like this. No manual, no five stars. Otherwise this is an excellent buy for the price.Pros -Best, most durable rig for the price -lightweight -good use of materialsCons -Plastic isn't the best -Wingnuts need bigger wings -No Manual

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    3.0

    Looks good but difficult to configure

    By Chris Videomi

    from Evansville, IN

    About Me 27 Yr Professional

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Stylish

    Cons

    • Comes with NO instruction
    • Perpetually unbalanced
    • Thumbscrews won't tighten
    • Wobbly

    Best Uses

    • Ok for DSLR use

    Comments about CPM Camera Rigs Flyer Shoulder Rig:

    Spent a lot of time researching and reviewing rigs. I just could not see spending over $2000 for a device to attach a camera to a tripod and help support shooting off the shoulder. This is something a professional video camera comes with standard. Having spent several thousand already on a DSLR, lenses, pro Anton Bauer batteries and plates etc., I was looking for something under $1000 and preferably in the $500 range for tripod mounting and hand-held use.

    The CPM Flyer Rig looked to be a great choice, and I found a review of it online that seemed to support this. Unfortunately, I've had mostly problems with this device. From it arriving without ANY instructions or photos to help configure it, to thumbscrews that simply will not keep rod blocks or handles tight, it seems I've spent more time trying to figure out how to get the thing to work than I have shooting with it.

    The first problem with it was a cheaply made quick-mount. I wrote to complain about it (after buying a Giotto quick release to replace their awful one) and I was told they had indeed switched to the very same plate. Too late for me though.

    The next problem is one of balance and strength. It's almost impossible to balance this device when your rig is completely setup with audio devices, LCD monitor, batteries etc. I bet I've tried 10 configurations and the one I've settled on only works for tripod use. To shoot hand-held requires sliding one set of rods off, adding the offset rod support, then sliding the shoulder pad on...a REAL pain.

    And speaking of sliding...the rod blocks are ridiculously tight....meaning they don't slide at all. It takes a lot of pulling and/or pushing to get them on or off. I think it's because they're made of a hard plastic and not aluminum or metal...and the rods are likewise made of some sort of composite material. They just don't work the way any rod and rail system I've ever used work.

    Next problem is build quality. I've had two different parts just break in half. One was supposed to have a lifetime warranty. I emailed and sent a photo of the broken part. Received a quick reply saying it would be replaced. That was over 6 weeks ago and still no replacement part. I emailed a couple weeks ago and was told they were waiting on another production run. My question is how long between each production run if I've been waiting six weeks for on small replacement part. Incidentally, both parts broke while a shooter was trying to tighten the thumbscrews. Once to tighten a handle, the other time trying to tighten the Giotto plate to their quick release plate. I needed to raise the camera for use with a teleprompter and it helped get it up another half-inch or so...until their original plate broke. Speaking of tightening screws, many of them require use of an allen-wrench....another really annoying requirement. Who keeps an allen-wrench handy on a shoot? Plus, some of the screws require different sizes of wrenches! So you need more than one!

    I was also promised replacement rods as I was told mine may be defective, causing the difficulty in getting them in and out of the blocks. Six weeks and still waiting on those too!

    The cage is pretty much useless. No matter where you place it on the rods, it's in the way of operating the camera or lens. It also cannot adequately support even a small 7" LCD monitor without wobbling and pulling to one side or the other. It's just not thick enough or strong enough. It also only has 1/4" 20 mounting holes. So the designers obviously never use pro cameras or gear since so much of it requires 3/8" mounting. I had to modify our Noga monitor arm because it has the much sturdier 3/8" threaded stud on it's mount end.

    The unit looks like it would be comfortable to shoot with, but it's just plain uncomfortable because you cannot ever get it to where a DSLR with a loupe viewfinder is actually right up against your eye. You're always tilting your head up or down or to one side or the other.

    All in all, it's a rig that looks great and seems like it would be well balanced and sturdy...but in practice, it's neither. The only thing we use it for is basic tripod use with the rods and rail block along with the Giotto quick-release we bought. It does have a handy plate on the back that we can mount stuff to, but again...only 1/4" 20 mounting holes. Haven't used the cage in months and while we use the shoulder mount, we're actively looking for a better solution.

    I've come to the conclusion that 90% of the people that make DSLR rigs either don't shoot professionally or have never actually used their rigs for more than 10 minutes at a time. Plus....they all look so darn goofy! Give me a simple, sturdy, tool-free device that's balanced and I'll pay $1000 for it. Unfortunately I haven't found that rig. The ones that fit that description cost $2,500!

    I REALLY wanted to like this product. But numerous freelancers have used this rig with our cameras and all dislike it and had problems with the thumbscrews, balance and stability...same as me. I hate giving bad reviews, but I cannot recommend this product to others. It just doesn't work as advertised.

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    • Business
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