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ikanEV2 Adjustable DSLR Baseplate
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

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    (3)

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Highly compatible (6)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Professional quality (6)
  • Compact (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (6)
    • In the studio (4)
    • Complex projects (3)
    • Home movies (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional (6), Professional artist (5), Business owner (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    This is adjustable in so many ways.

    It looks like the unit was shipped to accommodate a dslr without a battery pack. But with a little fooling around, it fit my 60D with the battery pack on - very cool -...Read complete review

    It looks like the unit was shipped to accommodate a dslr without a battery pack. But with a little fooling around, it fit my 60D with the battery pack on - very cool - no drilling or tapping.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Such a Headache

    This baseplate came with my Ikan Flyweight Offset should rig and it is definitely the least functional piece in the kit. It's reasonably well built and sturdy. It works great with a full size...Read complete review

    This baseplate came with my Ikan Flyweight Offset should rig and it is definitely the least functional piece in the kit. It's reasonably well built and sturdy. It works great with a full size DSLR and a relatively heavy lens. Anything bigger, though, and it begins to sag a bit. I've used this with a C300 and it struggled to stay rigid. Furthermore, the design is quite poor. The placement of the tripod plate on the bottom makes it incredibly difficult to screw the camera in by hand with the D-ring screw and nearly impossible to use a screwdriver to tighten the camera firmly. I find myself carrying around a set of hex wrenches and removing the plate before each shoot to firmly secure the camera (if not tightened with a screwdriver, the torque of my follow focus will often twist the camera and cause the gears to lose contact). If you were to purchase a separate quick release system to semi-permanently attach to the top of the plate, it would significantly improve its functionality, but that's a pricy addition considering the other, better baseplate options out there, and adds weight to an otherwise lightweight component. I would recommend spending a few extra bucks and getting a better baseplate.

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    2.0

    Such a Headache

    By junkfoodvegan

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Professional Artist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • Poor Design
    • Poor Performance

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films

    Comments about ikan EV2 Adjustable DSLR Baseplate:

    This baseplate came with my Ikan Flyweight Offset should rig and it is definitely the least functional piece in the kit. It's reasonably well built and sturdy. It works great with a full size DSLR and a relatively heavy lens. Anything bigger, though, and it begins to sag a bit. I've used this with a C300 and it struggled to stay rigid. Furthermore, the design is quite poor. The placement of the tripod plate on the bottom makes it incredibly difficult to screw the camera in by hand with the D-ring screw and nearly impossible to use a screwdriver to tighten the camera firmly. I find myself carrying around a set of hex wrenches and removing the plate before each shoot to firmly secure the camera (if not tightened with a screwdriver, the torque of my follow focus will often twist the camera and cause the gears to lose contact). If you were to purchase a separate quick release system to semi-permanently attach to the top of the plate, it would significantly improve its functionality, but that's a pricy addition considering the other, better baseplate options out there, and adds weight to an otherwise lightweight component. I would recommend spending a few extra bucks and getting a better baseplate.

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    5.0

    Exactly as stated

    By Tracy

    from Great Barrington, MA

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fair Pricing
    • Highly Compatible
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mount A Teleprompter

      Comments about ikan EV2 Adjustable DSLR Baseplate:

      I had been searching for a solution to mount a teleprompter onto my tripod. I had no rail system and amateur skills at figuring out what I needed. After several false starts, I finally called B&H directly and a staffperson pointed me to this. It is perfect. Solid, easy to adjust, and does exactly what I needed. Thanks B&H and Ikan.

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      4.0

      Solid unit

      By GPLLC Videographer

      from New York, NY

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about ikan EV2 Adjustable DSLR Baseplate:

          I use this with my GH4 and it works well. The only inconvenient things are that the screw slot doesn't catch the screw when you unscrew the camera from the baseplate - so if you're not careful you could lose your mounting screw. Also keep your hex nuts handy as the nuts have come lose on me a few times.

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          5.0

          Great problem solver!

          By Joseph Armillas

          from Los Angeles, California

          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about ikan EV2 Adjustable DSLR Baseplate:

            I bought the IKAN EV2 DSLR baseplate to accommodate my Sony FDR AX1 on my DLC DSLR rig. The matte box didn't fit the Sony camera, but with the adjustable IKAN EV2, the matte box centered correctly around the Sony G lens. Great product, I would recommend it to a friend or colleague.

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            2.0

            Not stable

            By A Lacomblez

            from New York, NY

            About Me Film Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Improves Performance

            Cons

            • Limited Compatibility
            • Poor Design
            • Pricey / Poor Value

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Independent Films

            Comments about ikan EV2 Adjustable DSLR Baseplate:

            The screw was longer than standard screw path of DSLRs so the camera was not stable

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            5.0

            Love it!

            By Leo

            from NYC, NY

            About Me Filmmaker, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio
              • Rigging

              Comments about ikan EV2 Adjustable DSLR Baseplate:

              This little piece of equipment was the start of an amazing rig. You can pretty much do anything you want with this baseplate. Can't beat the price for the versatility of this product. I highly recommend it!

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              5.0

              Works great!

              By James

              from Minnesota

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about ikan EV2 Adjustable DSLR Baseplate:

                Very solid baseplate! I swapped the 6" rods with 12" rods and I'm surprised how well and rugged it is! Very well built and I definitely recommend it.

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                5.0

                Can't beat the price and funtionality

                By Mark and the Trhee Muchachos

                from Reno, Nevada

                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
                  • Home Movies
                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about ikan EV2 Adjustable DSLR Baseplate:

                  I needed rods to mount the role focus attachment I bought.

                  This was perfect for the price and fully adjustable to boot.

                  And did I mention price? For what you get it's an awesome bargain!

                  Why spend hundreds? Get quality for less.

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                  5.0

                  Affordable Rail Solution

                  By Mike Capson

                  from Saint John, Canada

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use

                    Comments about ikan EV2 Adjustable DSLR Baseplate:

                    This is a pretty affordable DSLR rail setup. Will allow for simple things like follow focus and matteboxes. Overall I am pretty satisfied with this purchase. The only thing that sort of sucks is the thumb screw to attach the camera to the plate. Its a bit tricky at times.

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                    5.0

                    Perfect

                    By Only1DP

                    from Baltimore, MD

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about ikan EV2 Adjustable DSLR Baseplate:

                        I've been looking for a decent baseplate as I've never owned one and only need for a teleprompter set up. After a quick set up and test I believe it's exactly what I need and I'm excited to have it. I also ordered longer rails to complement it.

                        I really like the adjustability of the height. Unexpected. Very cool.

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                        3.0

                        Basic 15mm Baseplate

                        By stumpe480

                        from Brooklyn, NY

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about ikan EV2 Adjustable DSLR Baseplate:

                              I really just needed a baseplate for a simple DSLR shoulder set up. You get what you pay for with the Ikan. The 1/4 20 situation could be a little more thought out but gets the job done. If you know what you need and what you don't this is a great, in-expensive solution. Nothing fancy, just gets the job done.

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                              4.0

                              great plate for the price!

                              By victorgiovanni

                              from Recife, Brazil

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Studio
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about ikan EV2 Adjustable DSLR Baseplate:

                                I've had it for about two weeks and it's really good for the price. I use it with a 5D Mk II, and I'm really pleased with how it has improved the way I interact with my camera.

                                It feels very solid. There's only one thing I don't like about it: the mounting screw that goes in the camera. Not the screw, actually, the slot where it goes. It's not very accessible, and you'll probably have a hard time on the first few times, but you'll get the hang of it.

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                                5.0

                                Small Camcoder Perfect

                                By Qikfingers

                                from Kansas City, MO.

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Reliable
                                • SOLID BUILD

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Small Camcorder
                                  • Videofilm

                                  Comments about ikan EV2 Adjustable DSLR Baseplate:

                                  After a wild gear goose chase trying to mount both a field monitor and shotgun mic atop my XA10 with various horrible brackets and even worse advice from Canon, I came to the conclusion that if I ever wanted to pan without the monitor wobbling or tilt my rig without a loud creak of plastic, I'd need a better solution, i.e. a rod system built for a smaller camcorder. The EV2 is awesome, built like a tank but compact. It locks onto a standard Manfrotto-style plate on the bottom and affixes the camera on top with a D-Ring screw. (You might want order a few extra.) I use a JAG35 articulating arm to attach my monitor to the right rod and mount the light shotgun atop the camera. It all goes onto my tripod or monopod with sweet satisfaction.

                                  I have not had the need to adjust the EV2, but it seems fairly easy as long as you have the tools.

                                  The D-Ring screw requires a little maneuvering to affix the camera. You might need to slide the rods out of the way to do so, but that's so simple.

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                                  5.0

                                  This is adjustable in so many ways.

                                  By Brent at Red D Film

                                  from Ontario Canada

                                  About Me Semi-Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Variable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about ikan EV2 Adjustable DSLR Baseplate:

                                      It looks like the unit was shipped to accommodate a dslr without a battery pack. But with a little fooling around, it fit my 60D with the battery pack on - very cool - no drilling or tapping.

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                                      4.0

                                      Only game in town

                                      By Matt Wightman

                                      from Florida

                                      About Me Professional

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about ikan EV2 Adjustable DSLR Baseplate:

                                            I tirelessly looked for a DSLR baseplate that adjusted both up and down and left to right center. No one makes a DSLR baseplate that you can adjust a left to right center- except Ikan. I was skeptical having had an IKAN 5" monitor and being disappointed with both picture and build quality. I also don't care for Ikan's very public company politics with regards to religion. Nevetheless the EV2 is everything it claims to be. I have several lenses for my Canon 60D that require adjustment to use a mattebox effectively and the EV2 will adjust height and center for proper use. The baseplate does require some patience to adjust for a lens change. But I believe that to be the trade off for such versatility.

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