Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders

Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Sony's HDR-HC1 & HVR-A1 Camcorders

Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Sony's HDR-HC1 & HVR-A1 Camcorders

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Cavision RPSHC overview

  • 1Description

The Cavision RPSHC Spacer avoids interference from the tape ejection mechanism and battery release function when using a tripod, rods support, Beachtek adapter or other accessory.

Designed for smaller camcorders with a 1/4" 20 tripod thread, for example like Sony's HDR-HC1 & HVR-A1 Camcorders.

Attaches to 1/4" tripod thread on camera, and provides two alternate 1/4" thread positions at bottom.
Locating pin and contoured design provide enhanced stability.
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Cavision RPSHC Spacer for Sony's HDR-HC1 & HVR-A1 Camcorders
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    Cavision RPSHC specs

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 2.047 x 2.0 x 0.158"

    Cavision RPSHC reviews

    RPSHC Spacer for Smaller Camcorders is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Makes Bottom Loaders Workable This little gadget is very handy for quick tape changes on my Sony HVR A1U. When mounted right it gives just enough room to eject and reload Without taking the camera off of the tri-pod or mono-pod mount. I would give it one more star, except that the small surface area where the camera contacts the mount can allow the camera to wobble slightly, as opposed to the camera mounting directly to a tri-pod adaptor plate. A re-design giving it more surface area to the rear and to the left of the plate would solve this problem. Nonetheless, if you're careful with it, you can get a tri-pod mounted re-load down to about 20 seconds, where removing the camera from the tri-pod and mount, then reassembling them can add a minute or more of missed action.
    Date published: 2010-10-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Product, Not a fix all The spacer allows battery removal while mounted on most any tripod, however with my tripod head (Manfrotto 501HDV), you still have to remove the camera to change tapes. It does save having to remove the tripod plate however, which saves time. It is an improvement, but does not solve all problems. Also, if you attempt any type of moving shot using your tripod to steady the shot, you will get some vibration or slight rocking due to the narrow base of the spacer. Again, not a big problem, but something to keep in mind.
    Date published: 2008-12-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Accessory for Sony HVR-A1U cures its biggest problem I got the Sony HVR-A1U camcorder for our school's Media Services Department. Great camcorder-produces very high quality footage at a reasonable price. And it's small, easy to use in the field. Biggest gripe is the bottom-loading tape well, which means you have to take it off the tripod every time you want to change tapes. But the CA vision RPSHC spacer cured that! It holds the camera solidly and makes the tape well accessible without taking it off the tripod. Now I can use the camera anywhere I want for run-and -gun coverage. Expertise: Professional Problems Encountered: None. A local videographer was so impressed when he saw this gadget he bought three of them - and three camcorders to go with them!
    Date published: 2007-11-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have for smaller cameras If you have or plan to buy a smaller camera that loads tape from the bottom, this is a must have accessory. Even if you don't use it all the time, it's handy to have in your bag. This small, light weight spacer raises the camera about an inch off of your tripod mount plate or rail system mount base, and is a BIG time saver when changing tape or batteries. It dose make the camera slightly unstable, but I find that acceptable given the time saved when not having to reset a shot after a tape or battery change by completely dismounting the camera.
    Date published: 2010-03-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works but slightly wobbly. I've used this spacer twice. It does the job but is not as sturdy as putting the camera directly on the tripod head. Obviously putting it on the tripod head isn't going to do you much good though, as you won't be able to change tapes without removing the camera from the head.
    Date published: 2010-12-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from OKay with some limitations My Sony A1U loads tape from the bottom - a real inconvenience. I use this thing to lift the camera high enough to enable me to reload tape when the camera is mounted on a tripod. The spacer is a make do workaround to accommodate a poor camera design - nothing more. The spacer provides a very small top surface upon which the camera rests. This needs to be larger to adequately stabilize the camera. As a result I feel that I need to exercise an extra amount of caution whenever using it.
    Date published: 2010-11-27
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not so fast... I just received this spacer today for my A1U and although well made, it only works with one of three tripods and head combinations (an old Bogen 3021, and that is when the camera is flipped 180 degrees from the control handles). Cavision's site says that you may not be able to remove the tape from some tripods. That should read any semi or professional tripod and maybe works with a small consumer tripod at best.
    Date published: 2008-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This RPSHC Spacer is worth every dime! Having this RPSHCS Spacer has saved me a lot of time when changing tapes. My bottom loading Sony Camcorder is now a joy to use. I use to have to release the camcorder from the tripod (which took too much time). Now, I just open the cassette door on the tripod and exchange the tapes. The time saved make the RPSHC Spacer worth every dime. I would recommend it to anyone with a bottom loading camcorder.
    Date published: 2010-12-28
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