Steadicam SOLO Arm and Vest Kit

Steadicam SOLO Arm and Vest Kit

Steadicam SOLO Arm and Vest Kit

B&H # STSAVK MFR # 821-7930
Steadicam SOLO Arm and Vest Kit

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Product Highlights

  • For SOLO Stabilizer and Monopod
  • Improves Comfort During Long Shoots
  • Arm Payload: 4-15 lb
  • Lifting Range: 28"
  • Quick Release Right/Left-Hand Changeover
  • Lightweight Vest with Adjustable Straps
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Steadicam 821-7930 overview

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Improve comfort during long takes with the SOLO Stabilizer and Monopod by adding this SOLO Arm and Vest Kit from Steadicam. Featuring a lightweight arm and vest combination, users will be able to take the weight of the SOLO Stabilizer off of their arms and distribute it evenly across the body, reducing fatigue. The arm features a payload of 4-15 lb as well as a vertical lifting range of 28". It also has a quick release right/left-hand changeover for switching positions when needed. The vest is designed to fit a wide range of users and offers hook-and-loop straps to keep it secure.

UPC: 884613022143
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Steadicam SOLO Arm and Vest Kit
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Steadicam 821-7930 specs

    Payload 4-15 lb / 1.8-6.8 kg
    Range 28" / 71.1 cm
    Size Range One size fits most
    Weight Arm: 5.1 lb / 2.3 kg
    Vest: 2.6 lb / 1.2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 12.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.5 x 14.7 x 9.1"

    Steadicam 821-7930 reviews

    SOLO Arm and Vest Kit is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This system works perfectly! I am so happy with the quality, workmanship and versatility of the Solo Steady Cam system. The Solo by itself worked perfectly but I it was getting a little heavy after a long period of use. I decided if the price was right (and it was through B&H saved $) I'd be ready for a little weight relief for music video and wedding shoots. After easily adjusting the harness it's now custom fitted for me. It's easy to get on and distributes the weight perfectly. It really puts you at another level of professionalism. Steady cam workmanship is flawless. I'm a happy customer of Steady Cam! Very happy! Thank you B&H for a timely free delivery. You guys ROCK!
    Date published: 2015-10-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great But Limited My name is Terry and used this product with a Blackmagic cinema 4K, GH4, Canon 7D mark ii and 70D for both my web-series and freelance gigs. The lenses I've used with this rig are the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5, Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM, Canon 28mm f/1.8 USM, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM, Canon 16-35 F/2.8 USM. The only reason I'm listing the equipment is because I know it's compatible with this rig. The Stedicam Solo along with the vest and arm are a great addition to the Steadicam family because the rig is light and can support up to roughly 12 pounds. But despite the rig being light and smaller than others in the family including the merlin, it is still pretty bulky and just like any other arm stabilizer very hard to use in crowded locations and tight spaces. There are also a lot of cons about the rig mostly due to the Solo itself and not the arm and vest. You can read my commentary about that under the Solo product itself. My biggest issue with the arm and vest is weight. The product says a minimum of 5lbs but I think it's more like 6lbs for the arm to have a good amount of resistance, especially after adjusting it. The lightest I've gone with this rig is the GH4 with Metabones adapter and Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5 at around 4 and half pounds. Another light combination was my Canon 70D with the same lens roughly hitting 4lbs. Both these setups didn't make the 5lbs, which meant extreme to notable bounce when walking with the rig. Now I did find that one could compensate for this bounce on lighter than recommend rigs by keeping the Solo handle horizontal at 90 degrees with extra pressure from the operator's arm. Both my lighter than recommended rigs work, but with caution. I would not recommend this rig for anyone that is using a Rebel, or any other light camera and light lens combination. Now with everything stated the only issues with the vest and arm are that the vest is fragile and the arm does not work well with a lighter than 5lb camera setups. Also at the time of typing this review there is no known case for the Solo with Arm Vest rig; which makes transporting terrible. The pros to the vest and arm are that they are light and smaller than other Stedicam arms and vests.
    Date published: 2015-04-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you own a Steadicam Solo - get the Arm Vest Kit I purchased the Steadicam Solo and after one video shoot, realized my back could not handle the strain from the weight. It's not exceptionally hefty however after using it for a few minutes, my arm certainly noticed the weight. I purchased the Solo Arm Vest Kit and while I've only used it once, on a 5 hour shoot, I am very pleased. The setup takes a couple hours and the directions were written with the assumption I knew more than... I know. The directions were not detailed enough and written for someone that's already familiar with the arm / vest system. The vest also tore a hole in my favorite shirt from the friction of walking around so just know that before you use it. Overall, it greatly reduces the weight and distributes it evenly and comfortably. I have many hours of practice ahead of me to really get the feel of this system. So far, it's great and will allow me to use my Solo for hours without getting too sore and fatigued.
    Date published: 2016-02-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Solo Arm Vest Kit Makes the Steadicam Solo Worth It When using the Steadicam Solo by itself, it can definitely be challenging--especially if you haven't been lifting weights recently. The Arm Vest Kit allows you to remove the weight from the equation focus solely on the finer adjustments of the Solo. I wish there were a way to lock the gimbal on the Solo so that I could use my body position to point the camera vs. always having to be aware that Solo can turn independent of my body. The arm also creaks at times, which will be picked up in audio if you do not figure out exactly what's creaking in order to make it stop. Beyond that, I've only found two big cons: the price and the lack of case. The arm vest kit is pricey, but if you can get past the combined cost of the vest kit and the solo, it's definitely worth it. If you already have a Steadicam Solo, this is 100% worth getting. So far I have only used the vest kit locally, but I also plan to use it on jobs I travel to. I have yet to figure out how I'm going to properly pack it beyond using the box it came in--same for the Steadicam Solo. Once I've spent $1,000+ on something, I expect it to have a proper travel case.
    Date published: 2016-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magic! I bought this after using my Steadicam solo with the C100 for a day, it killed my arm so I purchased the vest to save my arm. It works great! It takes practice like anything else but I am glad that I got it, I wouldn't necessarily use this for weddings, but for short films and stuff of that nature sure! Some people build them, but this unit has tension adjustment, and tilt adjustment both left and right as well as toward and away from your body. I primarily use it with my C100 and a 24-105, and if I turn the tension up all the way it lifts the thing to the sky! Definitely glad I bought it.
    Date published: 2017-05-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would Totally Buy Agian I'm currently a film student, and its typically hard to get gear like this from school, so I invested in my own. I use it on every shoot I'm on, it's a fast and easier way to do a tracking or moving shot. The vest itself is comfortable and comes with extra straps if needed to make bigger. The arm is brand new so it may be a little tight, but losing it will solve that problem immediately.
    Date published: 2015-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth it!! I use this stedicam mainly for wedding videography. The arm and vest kit is a must with the steadicam solo! It is very easy to adjust, and has enough padding for comfort. The Steadicam brand itself is a nice, quality stabilizer system. Very comfortable using this system after one shoot! I would recommend this for both the pro and amateur filmmaker.
    Date published: 2015-04-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice price Not difficult to assemble. Takes time to balance. Definitely needs at least to people to don the vest. Light. Needs a bag to store both the Steficam Solo Stabilizer and Vest and Arm.
    Date published: 2016-07-07
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