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Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras

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Product Highlights
  • Steadies DSLR Video
  • Gunstock & Handgrip
  • All-Metal Construction
  • Adjustable Components
  • 15mm Rods for Modularity
  • Heavy-Duty Quick-Release Plate
  • Supports Most Cameras
  • Weighs 1.6 lb

The Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras is a lightweight support rig for a DSLR camera or compact camcorder. With a height-adjustable baseplate and a quick-release plate with a 1/4"-20 stud, the Magic Rig V1 will accommodate most cameras.

Providing two points of contact for one-armed operation, the Magic Rig V1 is ideal for shooting video with small cameras. The operator's one hand holds the grip as the gunstock steadies the rig against the chest or bicep; meanwhile the other hand is free for adjusting zoom & focus, changing camera settings, and triggering recording. The result is steady video and comfortable operation over long periods of time.

The camera baseplate is offset from the hand grip and gunstock, so you can view your camera's LCD screen with a natural, forward-looking sight line. With thumbscrews throughout, you can adjust the positioning of just about any component so you can suit your specific camera, body type, and operating style.

In addition, the rig's rods are industry-standard 15mm size, which means the V1 is a modular rig that you can reconfigure endlessly, adding or substituting components to your heart's desire. The all-metal Magic Rig is durable yet lightweight at 1.6 lb.

Baseplate features heavy-duty quick-release plate for camera
Supports any DSLR camera
Gunstock rod measures 12.5" long and features adjustment range of 10"
Adjustment Range 10" (25.4 cm) along gunstock rod
Length 12.5" (31.75 cm)
Weight 1.6 lb (0.7 kg)
Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras
  • Quick-Release Plate
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    Dot LineMagic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras
     
    4.0

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (13)
    • Lightweight (12)
    • Compact (11)
    • Improves performance (10)
    • Highly compatible (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (12)
      • Home movies (5)
      • In the studio (4)
      • Complex projects (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business owner (5), Professional artist (5), Enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Versitle but....

      Overal I have more positive than negetive comments.
      Firstly the guick release looks like arca swiss in the picture, It is not. It is a different size and is commpletely incompatable with arca...Read complete review

      Overal I have more positive than negetive comments.
      Firstly the guick release looks like arca swiss in the picture, It is not. It is a different size and is commpletely incompatable with arca swiss devises.
      Overal the rig is very sturdy and holds secure except for 2 components.
      The pistol grip is composed of 3 seperate parts. These parts are loosely pressure fit together and they slip and slide all over the place.
      The rifle stock is attached by a flimsy ballhead and cannot be made tight.
      The rig is infinitly adjustable and can be mix/matched with any 15mm rod commponents.
      I use my rig for an SLR with a heavy 500mm lens.
      Even with the rig I cannot hold it totally steady by hand.
      The solution I found is as follows. Using a standard superclamp and a 5/8" to 15mm stud adaptor I can attach the rig to any tripod or monopod. The head I use is 26lb capacity ballhead.I attach a small tool pouch to a paded tool belt and put the legs of my tripod in the pouch.
      The rig now supports all the wieght on my waist,and is stabilized by the shoulder stock, pistol grip and one hand on the tripod. If that isnt sufficiently solid I can also use a remote release and lean my back against something solid like a tree.
      All the parts are interchangable and the rig can be configured, adjused and mix/mathed to fit any situation.
      The rig is light and economically priced.
      Overall a good product/value.
      Dot Line if you read this make the QR the same size as arca swiss and this product will be a real winner.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Sturdy, with some challenges

      It used to be that the only formidable players in camera support rigs like this were priced well out of range of most folks on a tight budget. Those times are changing, and it's...Read complete review

      It used to be that the only formidable players in camera support rigs like this were priced well out of range of most folks on a tight budget. Those times are changing, and it's amazing what can be found now without paying the $1000+ of 5 years ago.While I prefer a full shoulder rig, counterweighted, there are times where I need to scale down and take as compact a "run and gun" kit as I can, and a shoulder stock/handgrip rig like this seemed to fit the bill. The price was also very easy to accept, especially for an unplanned purchase needed for a quick out-of-town shoot.Unboxing, the Magic Rig V1 is wrapped in bubble wrap and is fully-assembled, though I did need to take the camera platform assembly off and spin it around to get the tenstion knobs where I wanted them. Everything tightens well and the rig's joints don't shift or twist as some cheap rigs do. The quick-release plate seems very sturdy, easy to tighten and loosen, and secure once locked into place. What jumped out at me quickly, though, was that the rig smelled like gun oil. After just a couple minutes of handling and adjusting, I realized that it was coated in a fine coat of greasy substance (hence the smell). This is a bit disconcerting, as the oil transfers to fingers, which can transfer to any part of the camera handled afterward: lenses, SD cards, batteries, LCD screens... this is not good. A quick wipe down took care of MOST of it, but this is something to note as soon as the unit is delivered. It should be taken care of quickly, before first use. Once that's done all should be well, though there is still a noticeable amount of grease seeping from the tensioning joints. A regular cleaning may be in order as a prohibitive measure.Having cleaned the oil from the rig, I tried mounting my cameras, a Canon T2i and a Canon EOS-M, along with a GoPro Herp 3 Black with tripod adapter. The 3/4"-20 mounting bolt included with the quick-release plate is, oddly, too long. With none of the three cameras was I able to tighten the bolt enough to secure the camera, leaving it free to rotate on top of the QR plate. This is problematic. Adding a small washer under the bolt's head, underneath the QR plate, fixed the issue, but created another. Now, the bolt doesn't sit flush with the plate, causing it to sit unevenly and preventing the spring-loaded set pin from engaging the bottom of the plate. The tightening bolt on the side does lock the plate in securely, but the added safety of the pin is lost. The only way to fix this issue, then, is to shear off a tiny sliver at the top of the mounting bolt.Those challenges aside (and they are pretty considerable challenges), the rig itself is light-weight enough not to cause fatigue with smaller cameras, and is easy enough to adjust on the fly that fast-paced environments won't be more challenging to navigate.I took the rig with me on a local shoot last week for documentary-style b-roll and it performed very well, as well as any other shoulder-stock rig would. Again, it doesn't loosen up or shift in use, and it is easy to adjust. My T2i is equipped with an LCDVF, and setting the Magic Rig V1 to set the viewfinder comfortably against my face makes for a very effective run-and-gun rig with 4 points of contact for enhanced stability: shoulder, eyepiece, handgrip, hand on the camera lens.When not in use, the Magic Rig V1 collapses to a convenient and easily-stored form that straps quickly to the side of my camera bag.I give this rig 3 stars. It's certainly better than expected for the price paid, and it is perfectly functional in real-world use. The light coating of oil, however, and the need to modify the mounting bolt, do take away a bit comparitively.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Sturdy, with some challenges

      By Alex H.

      from Knoxville, TN

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Greasy On Unboxing
      • Qr Bolt Too Long

      Best Uses

      • Documentary
      • Independent Films

      Comments about Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras:

      It used to be that the only formidable players in camera support rigs like this were priced well out of range of most folks on a tight budget. Those times are changing, and it's amazing what can be found now without paying the $1000+ of 5 years ago.While I prefer a full shoulder rig, counterweighted, there are times where I need to scale down and take as compact a "run and gun" kit as I can, and a shoulder stock/handgrip rig like this seemed to fit the bill. The price was also very easy to accept, especially for an unplanned purchase needed for a quick out-of-town shoot.Unboxing, the Magic Rig V1 is wrapped in bubble wrap and is fully-assembled, though I did need to take the camera platform assembly off and spin it around to get the tenstion knobs where I wanted them. Everything tightens well and the rig's joints don't shift or twist as some cheap rigs do. The quick-release plate seems very sturdy, easy to tighten and loosen, and secure once locked into place. What jumped out at me quickly, though, was that the rig smelled like gun oil. After just a couple minutes of handling and adjusting, I realized that it was coated in a fine coat of greasy substance (hence the smell). This is a bit disconcerting, as the oil transfers to fingers, which can transfer to any part of the camera handled afterward: lenses, SD cards, batteries, LCD screens... this is not good. A quick wipe down took care of MOST of it, but this is something to note as soon as the unit is delivered. It should be taken care of quickly, before first use. Once that's done all should be well, though there is still a noticeable amount of grease seeping from the tensioning joints. A regular cleaning may be in order as a prohibitive measure.Having cleaned the oil from the rig, I tried mounting my cameras, a Canon T2i and a Canon EOS-M, along with a GoPro Herp 3 Black with tripod adapter. The 3/4"-20 mounting bolt included with the quick-release plate is, oddly, too long. With none of the three cameras was I able to tighten the bolt enough to secure the camera, leaving it free to rotate on top of the QR plate. This is problematic. Adding a small washer under the bolt's head, underneath the QR plate, fixed the issue, but created another. Now, the bolt doesn't sit flush with the plate, causing it to sit unevenly and preventing the spring-loaded set pin from engaging the bottom of the plate. The tightening bolt on the side does lock the plate in securely, but the added safety of the pin is lost. The only way to fix this issue, then, is to shear off a tiny sliver at the top of the mounting bolt.Those challenges aside (and they are pretty considerable challenges), the rig itself is light-weight enough not to cause fatigue with smaller cameras, and is easy enough to adjust on the fly that fast-paced environments won't be more challenging to navigate.I took the rig with me on a local shoot last week for documentary-style b-roll and it performed very well, as well as any other shoulder-stock rig would. Again, it doesn't loosen up or shift in use, and it is easy to adjust. My T2i is equipped with an LCDVF, and setting the Magic Rig V1 to set the viewfinder comfortably against my face makes for a very effective run-and-gun rig with 4 points of contact for enhanced stability: shoulder, eyepiece, handgrip, hand on the camera lens.When not in use, the Magic Rig V1 collapses to a convenient and easily-stored form that straps quickly to the side of my camera bag.I give this rig 3 stars. It's certainly better than expected for the price paid, and it is perfectly functional in real-world use. The light coating of oil, however, and the need to modify the mounting bolt, do take away a bit comparitively.

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      4.0

      Video rig for HDSLR

      By Photog

      from Port St Lucie, Fl

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Independent Films

        Comments about Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras:

        The Magic Rig V1 is a very useful product especially for the price. It has lots of adjustments but wish some could be tighten more. Not a big deal. Just used it to shoot a RE video and worked great.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Affordable and easy to reconfigure

        By iTellStories

        from Northland, New Zealand

        Pros

        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Loose Fittings

        Best Uses

        • Hand held shooting
        • Independent Films

        Comments about Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras:

        This things is a budget friendly rig that can be easily reconfigured - I reset mine to a reasonable approximation of Redrock Micro's 'Captain Stubling' as designed by Stu Maschwitz.

        For the price it works, but some of the parts were manufactured more precisely than others. The rubber sleeve on the quick release is loose, and the cover sleeve of the handgrip moves too.

        The quick release is not quick, and not the best design either.

        BUT - it's so affordable, and with some care, and the right camera on top, you can get some much more stable shots than just hand holding on your own.

        It looks good, I could change it to suit me, and the price is great, buy one and be happy, because the Redrock alternative is several times the price.

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        4.0

        Pretty solid

        By Whiddon Productions

        from Millboro, VA

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Independent Films

          Comments about Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras:

          This is my first run & gun rig, so I don't have anything else to compare it to but so far it is doing the trick. I had to buy the accessory kit that includes another handle, but it provides a stable shot while on the move. My only other complaint is you really have to torque the wing nuts down to lock them in place.

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          4.0

          Versatile, Lightweight Handheld Rig!

          By Todd&HH

          from Yardley, PA

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easily Resizable
          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Corporate video
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras:

            We bought this product to film quick clips of handheld-style video where we wanted stabilization but also not get bogged down by the weight and of an industrial-strength rig. This one fit our needs near-perfectly.

            PROS: Lightweight, easy to configure for different-sized users, comfortable to use, produces much more stabilized video than just holding the camera, price is great!

            CONS: This is nitpicking, but I would have liked to have had options to mount a screen and a mic on this as well, via the accessories pack we bought, which only had a second rod and handgrip. Our solution was to use a "V" adapter on top of the hotshoe of our DSLR.

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            4.0

            Why pay more?

            By Oozing Stallion

            from Knoxville, TN

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras:

              I use this product for handheld shooting with my Canon 6D. I was surprised by the solid construction. It has the weighty feel of quality I was not expecting. It is a little compact which is why I did not give it a 5. Compared to other brands like Zacuto it is a steal. Zacuto rigs are just way too expensive. Why would I pay $ dolloars for their version when the Magic rig V1 does the same thing.

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              4.0

              Great value

              By Vince

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Hobbyist

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films

              Comments about Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras:

              Seems very durable. Quick release plate seems like it could be a potential issue due to its loosening mechanism. Don't want my camera falling off, but it seems fine so far.

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              • Yes

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              3.0

              Surprisingly handy rig...Great Value.

              By Lantzmann75

              from Oakland, Ca

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras:

                Thinking of the star ratings in that 3=Good, 4=Great,5 =Exellent...this little guy gets a solid 3+. For the price I wasn't expecting much and had my fingers crossed it wouldn't be a bust but when it arrived I found it to be fairly well built and intuitively designed, worked very well for mounting the 5D and getting much more stabler shots then before where I was basically just walking around supporting the camera and holding my breath.

                Long-term professional durability will have to be seen there are a few elements (screw plate, tightening mechanisms) that I foresee I will have to deal with gingerly to get the most life out them but overall for the price and portability its a great value.

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                5.0

                Gets the job done

                By Chris

                from Hamilton, Al

                About Me Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects

                  Comments about Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras:

                  Really not that bad. Great price for what you get.

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                  4.0

                  Surprisingly good

                  By Cynical and Happy

                  from hollywood, CA

                  About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Limited Compatibility

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras:

                  I use this with a canon 60D and from what I've had to use it for so far it seems to match the more expensive versions pretty much identically. It's very light which was a big concern of mine. It tightens and loosens well, though I can imagine it will, over time, begin to loosen its grip. no real evidence but a hunch based on the give of the little screws. The shoulder bit with the foam seems to be a complaint from a few people who have used this but seems to be near identical to the ones I was renting that cost six of seven hundred more dollars. But that's just me. Over all... a week of good steady use has made me very happy and I have every intention of using this for quite some time. I have a 28 day shoot on the road coming up and I reckon I'll have a much better idea of how this thing fairs after that. But, so far... so good.

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                  5.0

                  Sturdy & Durable

                  By The Time-Based Scientist

                  from Bowie, MD

                  About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras:

                    This product works great for me. I use it to stabilize my shots, and it does a great job. It's all metal and completely durable and sturdy. It's easy to add on attachments and other accessories. I would definitely recommend this product to others. And it was only [$]!

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                    4.0

                    Great substitute to pricey zacuto

                    By nicholasp313

                    from new york, ny

                    About Me Hobbyist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Performance

                    Cons

                    • Poor Design

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras:

                    it's a very cheap build, but it's a great thing to have until you have enough saved to buy better quality.

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                    4.0

                    Actually not to bad

                    By Jforce

                    from Cleveland OH

                    About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Home Movies
                      • Independent Films

                      Comments about Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras:

                      i think this rig is perfect for walking around on the go shoulder shooting. i use it at school quite a bit and it works great. only flaws are that i think for anyhting heavier then a dslr would not work well on this. But its light weight built farely well and does the job.

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                      4.0

                      Versitle but....

                      By Animalsbybarry

                      from Connecticut

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Not arca swiss compatable
                      • Some parts not sturdy

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography
                      • MixMatch components
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras:

                      Overal I have more positive than negetive comments.
                      Firstly the guick release looks like arca swiss in the picture, It is not. It is a different size and is commpletely incompatable with arca swiss devises.
                      Overal the rig is very sturdy and holds secure except for 2 components.
                      The pistol grip is composed of 3 seperate parts. These parts are loosely pressure fit together and they slip and slide all over the place.
                      The rifle stock is attached by a flimsy ballhead and cannot be made tight.
                      The rig is infinitly adjustable and can be mix/matched with any 15mm rod commponents.
                      I use my rig for an SLR with a heavy 500mm lens.
                      Even with the rig I cannot hold it totally steady by hand.
                      The solution I found is as follows. Using a standard superclamp and a 5/8" to 15mm stud adaptor I can attach the rig to any tripod or monopod. The head I use is 26lb capacity ballhead.I attach a small tool pouch to a paded tool belt and put the legs of my tripod in the pouch.
                      The rig now supports all the wieght on my waist,and is stabilized by the shoulder stock, pistol grip and one hand on the tripod. If that isnt sufficiently solid I can also use a remote release and lean my back against something solid like a tree.
                      All the parts are interchangable and the rig can be configured, adjused and mix/mathed to fit any situation.
                      The rig is light and economically priced.
                      Overall a good product/value.
                      Dot Line if you read this make the QR the same size as arca swiss and this product will be a real winner.

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                      • No

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