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Manfrotto SYMPLA Shoulder Support System

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Product Highlights
  • Highly Adjustable DSLR Shoulder Rig
  • Camera Can Be Adjusted Along 3 Axes
  • Handles Adjust into Most Any Position
  • Handles Can Be Used as Pan Bars
  • Features Fittings for Lights / Monitors

The Manfrotto SYMPLA Shoulder Support System combines several SYMPLA components into a highly adjustable DSLR shoulder rig.

The rig's camera plate, called a Variable Plate, takes on a camera by quick-release functionality and features three different axes that the camera can be adjusted along -- longitudinal, lateral and vertical. You can slide the camera up and down the rods, offset the camera from the plate's center, and align the plate higher and lower. In all three instances, a separate ratchet lever tightens to lock the camera in position. The flexibility of three independent axes allows the camera to be set up for different types of shots and allows the viewfinder to be positioned right in front of your eye. The Plate also has Easy-Link fittings on its sides for attaching Magic Arms, light modifiers, lighting units and external monitors.

Swivel-joint Adjustable Handles at the front of the rig can be set in pretty much any position -- vertical, horizontal, up-side down, and every other in between. They can be set closer together, wider apart, and rotated 360°, allowing comfort and precision. Once you find the right position, just lock it in place -- each handle has its own locking dial (and each handle can be positioned differently). The Handles additionally play a part in incorporating optional remote controls to your rig. SYMPLA offers two different remote control units for adjusting focus on DSLRs. One of the ways of mounting these remotes is by way of the Handles. They attach to the top parts of the Handles.

Every component of the rig is easily detachable thereby giving you the flexibility to reconfigure your rig with other optional components should you ever want to. But as it stands now, the rig is a full-out Shoulder Support system designed of quality material and precision mechanics and for the most part requiring no tools at all.

Multi-Component DSLR Shoulder Rig
  • Variable Camera Plate lets you adjust the camera along three independent axes
  • Easy-Link fittings on the side of the Variable Plate let you attach lights, monitors, etc.
  • Handles adjust into almost any position and can be used as pan bars and rotated 360°
  • The Handles also play a part in incorporating optional remote controls that SYMPLA has
  • Each component easily detaches and is designed of quality material and precision mechanics
Weight 8.07 lbs (3.66 kg)
Manfrotto SYMPLA Shoulder Support System
  • 2 x 12" Rods
  • Shoulder Pad
  • Variable Plate
  • Adjustable Handles
  • H-Offset
  • 2 x Clips
  • 2-Year Warranty Against Defects in Workmanship
    (Plus 3 More Years per Product Registration)
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    Manfrotto SYMPLAShoulder Support System
     
    4.3

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Professional quality (10)
    • Improves performance (9)
    • Highly compatible (8)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Compact (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (10)
      • Complex projects (7)
      • In the studio (4)
      • Home movies (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional artist (7), Business owner (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Very useful and well designed

      I use this product with my Sony EX1-r and it fits perfectly with a bit of simple adjustment, putting the viewfinder right up to my eye. It is very sturdy, and the...Read complete review

      I use this product with my Sony EX1-r and it fits perfectly with a bit of simple adjustment, putting the viewfinder right up to my eye. It is very sturdy, and the handle extensions put the grips in a low position that is easy to hold for long periods of time. I also purchased it with the counterweight, which adds stability and balance, as well as the 6 inch rods for when I anything mounted over my shoulder, as the 12 inch ones stick out quite a bit.

      The one gripe I have is with the comfort of the shoulder pad. The shape is good to brace against, but it can get pretty uncomfortable after a while because it is hard and without much padding or contour. I currently have on order the Letus35 MCS Shoulder Pad, which is a little pricy but I think will make a big difference.

      Overall I would definitely recommend the rig. It provides a really stable base to get great footage for static shots, panning shots, walking shots, and even running. It also looks very professional, I actually had some come off the street during a shoot a few days ago to compliment me on it and ask me for my business card. Very happy with my purchase!

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good looking but...

      I thought this would be final of my shoulder rig research, but it wasn't. I wanted my GH4 + vmount battery rig be light, easily packable, and run and gun style. I...Read complete review

      I thought this would be final of my shoulder rig research, but it wasn't. I wanted my GH4 + vmount battery rig be light, easily packable, and run and gun style. I had to return it, but there are pros and cons.

      Pros: adjustable handle, easy detach clamps, sturdy, good price.
      Cons: huge, very heavy, too high vertical offset, hard shoulder pad, plate mount screw gets stuck for DSLRs.

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      5.0

      Highly versatile Rig

      By LA king

      from Los Angeles

      Comments about Manfrotto SYMPLA Shoulder Support System:

      This rig has multifunctional purposes and it's highly effective on the field.I would have paid any amount for this rig. Don't think twice about getting this product, it comes from a reputable company. You will be happy you got this.

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      1.0

      Good looking but...

      By Video guy

      from NY, NY

      About Me Professional Artist, Professional Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Professional Quality

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • In The Studio

      Comments about Manfrotto SYMPLA Shoulder Support System:

      I thought this would be final of my shoulder rig research, but it wasn't. I wanted my GH4 + vmount battery rig be light, easily packable, and run and gun style. I had to return it, but there are pros and cons.

      Pros: adjustable handle, easy detach clamps, sturdy, good price.
      Cons: huge, very heavy, too high vertical offset, hard shoulder pad, plate mount screw gets stuck for DSLRs.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Don't think it twice.

      By Martin M2

      from Buenos Aires, Argentina

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Highly Compatible
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Manfrotto SYMPLA Shoulder Support System:

        Great shoulder from manfrotto.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        One flaw, but with a easy fix

        By gian

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Improves Performance
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films

        Comments about Manfrotto SYMPLA Shoulder Support System:

        I would like to start off that I really do like this product. It is a solid rig with a good price.

        The only reason I give it 4 stars out of 5 rather then 5 is simply because when using a shorter lens the camera needs to be placed closer to the end of the baseplate, but the problem is that once you do that it is impossible to tighten the quick release due to the latch being placed under the grip. It is a pretty easy fix though, I just bought another latch with a longer screw that would extend pass the grip. I do feel however that it would of made more sense to put the latch on the opposite side since most DSLR's have the grip on the right side.

        Other then that one minor problem I love the rig.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Very good

        By Gerard

        from Fort Lauderdale, FL

        About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Home Movies
          • Independent Films

          Comments about Manfrotto SYMPLA Shoulder Support System:

          Very solid, well made and very ergonomic. Get's the view finder in front of your face so there is no need for an external monitor. Very good quality. I use is with my Blackmagic 4k. Gives great stabilization. It can get heavy after filming for hours. However all the rigs do. The price is very good compared to other ones that are not as good.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Professional quality

          By House of DON Productions

          from Las Vegas, NV

          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Home Movies
            • Independent Films

            Comments about Manfrotto SYMPLA Shoulder Support System:

            I spend a lot of time filming independent films, as well as, event videos (weddings, private, corporate, trade shows) and this rig is a bid step up from the cheaper ones we have been using. The hand grips lock firm and are easy to adjust and give you the option to be able to switch shooting style from shoulder rig to a more run and gun rig. However, the handles are suppose to be able to change up for panning arms on a tripod. I have not done this yet, but from reading the instructions it looks like that may be a bit time consuming if I am doing something like a wedding where I need to go from shoulder rig to tripod quickly.
            The mounting plate is pretty awesome too. It is easily adjustable and have vertical and horizontal movement in the adjustment.
            The overall quality is very nice. It is a bit heavy, but I am confident that it will be well worth its weight.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Solid and Well Built

            By Danny P

            from Sydney Australia

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films

              Comments about Manfrotto SYMPLA Shoulder Support System:

              I have just put this together out of the box, and yet to test it in the field. My first reaction is that it is extremely well built, and feels like a high-quality product. When adjusted it feels like it is weighted well (I also ordered one counterweight to use with a Canon 5Dmk2), and seems to give a very fluid range of smooth motion, and great balance.

              My only initial possible concern is the shoulder piece is a touch hard, and may need some custom modification with rubber to ease this and add comfort over long shoots. Otherwise I am extremely happy with it, and it all moves and works beautifully.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Quality shoulder rig

              By Carlos

              from Bermuda

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Lacks Functionality

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films

              Comments about Manfrotto SYMPLA Shoulder Support System:

              This Rig has many pros - professional quality, easy to configure and break down, beautiful finish that matches my Canon 5D equipment with Zacuto Z-finder. Love the adjustable handles. Unfortunately, the H-Offset is not height adjustable - when using my 5D with battery grip the angle of view is about 2" higher than this rig's intended design. Neither does it allow any lateral adjustment to the shoulder position. Needs an adjustable H-offset and shoulder pad to improve both functionality and comfort.

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              • No

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              3.0

              Extremely configurable and solid support

              By watkino

              from bwatkins@

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Highly Compatible
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films

                Comments about Manfrotto SYMPLA Shoulder Support System:

                Very useful for location shoots and "run and gun" applications. Loved how easy it is to customize for individual needs. One major flaw is the actual shoulder support. No padding makes it uncomfortable. Also, counterweight mount is totally useless as it doesn't extend off the shoulder far enough to acheive any real balancing effect.

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                • No

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                (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great!

                By Jared Salazar

                from Guatemala

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                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 Manfrotto SYMPLA Shoulder Support System:

                  Great rig.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very useful and well designed

                  By atay

                  from Massachusetts

                  About Me Filmmaker, Videographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                  • Uncomfortable

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Independent Films
                  • Walking shots

                  Comments about Manfrotto SYMPLA Shoulder Support System:

                  I use this product with my Sony EX1-r and it fits perfectly with a bit of simple adjustment, putting the viewfinder right up to my eye. It is very sturdy, and the handle extensions put the grips in a low position that is easy to hold for long periods of time. I also purchased it with the counterweight, which adds stability and balance, as well as the 6 inch rods for when I anything mounted over my shoulder, as the 12 inch ones stick out quite a bit.

                  The one gripe I have is with the comfort of the shoulder pad. The shape is good to brace against, but it can get pretty uncomfortable after a while because it is hard and without much padding or contour. I currently have on order the Letus35 MCS Shoulder Pad, which is a little pricy but I think will make a big difference.

                  Overall I would definitely recommend the rig. It provides a really stable base to get great footage for static shots, panning shots, walking shots, and even running. It also looks very professional, I actually had some come off the street during a shoot a few days ago to compliment me on it and ask me for my business card. Very happy with my purchase!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I really like it

                  By Aytek

                  from Tampa, FL

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Manfrotto SYMPLA Shoulder Support System:

                    my first shoulder Rig, nice and sturdy, very flexible. Additional Counterweight is bit expensive but it is needed. I used it two times so far and I like it.

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