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Cool-LuxMD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket
 
4.5

(based on 118 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (92)
  • Improves performance (59)
  • Professional quality (54)
  • Highly compatible (53)
  • Compact (51)

Cons

  • Poor design (7)
  • Lacks functionality (3)
  • Limited compatibility (3)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (58)
  • Home movies (44)
  • Complex projects (25)
  • In the studio (22)
  • Shooting indoors (13)
    • How long have you owned it:
    • A month or less

       

      75% 

      (3 reviews)

      One-to-three months

       

      Three-to-six months

       

      More than six months

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business owner (41), Enthusiast (22), Professional artist (22), Film professional (11), Tech savvy (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (66)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A great, simple solution

Turning one hot shoe into two cold shoes may not seem like an obvious "5 out of 5 stars", but in reality it's a real quality improvement.
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Turning one hot shoe into two cold shoes may not seem like an obvious "5 out of 5 stars", but in reality it's a real quality improvement.

For me, the big deal is getting my shotgum mike (a Rode NTG-2 I purchased here) away from the camera's tape deck. The noise, you see, is sufficient to be audible on the recorded work, and I am really shooting for a nice, clean sound to match the amazing images taken with my Canon HV20.

The result? The sound is perfect. The bracket really sings -- simple, one piece construction, knurled knob makes for easy tightening and loosening, and the different heights make for a useful second shoe location.

No cons, for this use. It really is a terrific purchase.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A handy device

Handy for mounting an extra device on your camcorder. The only improvement I would make is to add a "stop" to the rear of each mount such as that on the camcorder itself.

Handy for mounting an extra device on your camcorder. The only improvement I would make is to add a "stop" to the rear of each mount such as that on the camcorder itself.

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5.0

Handy Mount

By Syed

from NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

Allows me to mount my video recorder at a different height to avoid interfering with my camera's VF. Extremely useful!

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4.0

bare bones

By Ralphy

from Girdwood Alaska

About Me Film Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Shooting Indoors
    • Shooting Outdoors
    • Travel
    • Upgrade

    Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

    Get the job done. Cheap but still looking forsomethingo that does not mount into my hot shoe. I use my hot shoe as a still guy, it has a very important job to do and I don't like loading it up with leveraged weight. This has sharp edges, and is basic metal is nice for what it is. way cheaper than a full cage!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent for Holding 2 Devices on DSLR

    By Frank Beacham

    from New York City

    About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

      Simple bracket for holding two cold shoe devices on a DSLR

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Nice add on

      By RG

      from South Carolina

      About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors
        • Travel

        Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

        This accessory makes it easy to connect two items to the shoe of your camera.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        1.0

        Too small

        By creativeu1

        from Somerset NJ

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

        I couldn't find my NRG bracket like this so I order this Cool-Lux one. Thank God I found the NRG one, because this one was too short to use with a mic and light. The light would push into the mic, or vice versa. Either way, not well thought out. The one arm needs to be taller and further away. Look for an NRG one if you can, it works great!

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        5.0

        One Bracket that won't get busted

        By juniperspride

        from Meridian, MS

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

            It's just a solid piece of equipment. Does what it's made to do.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Looks Weird, Works Great

            By Jim

            from Omaha, NE

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects

              Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

              If you need something so you can fix, say, two wireless receivers on to your video camera this works really well. I think it looks kind of strange but I think it works better than a straight bar because it lets you add two wireless RXs without taking off the mic holder that many pro video cameras have as it lifts the receiver OVER the mic attachment. It might be better if you could adjust the positioning of the two cold shoes but then it wouldn't be as solid or as reasonably priced.

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              5.0

              Great for my Atomos Ninja

              By Poshy

              from Miami, FL

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Independent Films

                Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

                I use this product along with the Vello SE-10 Cold Shoe Extension

                that way i can sit my mic, LED light, and Atomos Ninja with no issues.

                Awesome combo

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great addition to production equipment

                By corp TV

                from West Virginia

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Can't beat the price
                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • On-location Production

                  Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

                  I needed a product to use my Anton-Bauer Ultra light and wireless receiver without stuffing the receiver in the camera's hand hold. Use this with a Panasonic HVX200P. This works great to have a cold shoe mount for both on top of the camcorder.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Simple solution

                  By Roblks

                  from Ohio

                  About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

                    Simple to use and works fine. It is a little tight sliding on to my hot shoe. Takes some pressure to get it to slide in.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great little solution

                    By Steven P

                    from Highland Park, NJ

                    About Me Hobbyist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies

                      Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

                      Have a DSLR and was having issues mounting the LED light and the wireless microphone receiver. Instead of using velcro to attach the receiver to the back of the light, got this little bracket and now can mount both, by turning the hot shoe into two cold shoe mounts. The bracket is light but strong and once everything is locked down, nothing moves around. I love finding cheap little gadgets that solve big problems!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Standing Tall

                      By Mrs. Faulkner

                      from Cape Coral, FL

                      About Me Teacher

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

                        This item is used in an elementar school news studio. Without it the students were unable to see the tally lights, as they were too low!

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great Product

                        By Gafala

                        from Yakima, WA

                        About Me Hobbyist

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Stop brackets

                        Best Uses

                        • Outdoor

                        Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

                        Great cold shoe bracket, fits my Nikon D3 like a glove. The only problem is both ends of each shoe is open, to fix this I made two small L brakets out of thin sheet brass and super glued them in place. I use a Nikon GP-1 on one side and a Lightning Strike on the other.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Works pretty well

                        By LB

                        from Asheville, NC

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Poor Design

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

                          I like that this one is not very wide, as it offers a better center of gravity.

                          My complaint is that the shoes are loose for most things. The solution is easy, wrap them in gaffers tape.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Very nice quality product

                          By Hanker

                          from Morgan Hill, Ca.

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

                          Solves the problem of two accessories and only one shoe. Nice and very convenient.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Useful

                          By Gc_photo

                          from Greenwich, CT

                          About Me Film Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attach Securely
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Night Video
                            • Special Events
                            • Weddings

                            Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

                            It's small, lightweight and spaced apart correctly to utilize a light and microphone. A good buy.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Don't leave for a shoot without this!

                            By TV199 Video Coordinator

                            from Palm Coast, FL

                            About Me Editor, Facility Coordinator, Producer, Shooter, Video Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Reliable
                            • Strong

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • ENG and EFP
                              • Night Video
                              • Professional Work
                              • Special Events
                              • Weddings

                              Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

                              Need an extra hand? This bracket provides that! Each of our three field cams use these. We rarely remove them. Elevate that shotgun mic hairy out of the shot. Add a wireless receiver. OK., add a wireless receiver, shotgun mic and an ENG light. That's what we do on top of our Panasonic DVX100's. Been using these for years. How can you do without?

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Good item

                              By JMZ

                              from NYC

                              About Me Film Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attach Securely
                              • Even Light Source
                              • Long Lasting

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Night Video
                                • Professional Work
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

                                Sturdy piece that helps expand my on-camera mount to ad a few more items. I bought this one specifically to keep my shotgun mic from popping in my wide shots when solo-shooting.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Good for certain items

                                By Jay

                                from Mamaroneck, NY

                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Birthdays
                                    • Night Video
                                    • Professional Work
                                    • Special Events
                                    • Weddings

                                    Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

                                    If you are using a mic and light on this device, you will find it works great with a light that goes vertical rather than horizontal next to the mic. If doing a horizontal light it will be a very snug fit and you may even get shadow of the mic imprinted on the nearest wall. Also, it's kind of annoying that there is no stop on the hot shoe to help you securely fasten it. That's pretty much the reason I didn't give it 5 stars. It's not that big a deal but it would help when you are in a rush and just need to quickly attach something.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Handy

                                    By Redwing

                                    from Wallins, KY

                                    About Me Film Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attach Securely
                                    • Long Lasting

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Cool-Lux MD-3000 Light and Sound Bracket:

                                        This is a handy little item to have in your camera bag.

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                                        • No

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