Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras

Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras

Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras

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Product Highlights

  • Steadies DSLR Video
  • Gunstock & Handgrip
  • All-Metal Construction
  • Adjustable Components
  • 15mm Rods for Modularity
  • Heavy-Duty Quick-Release Plate
  • Supports Most Cameras
  • Weighs 1.6 lb
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The Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras is a lightweight support rig for a DSLR camera or compact camcorder. With a height-adjustable baseplate and a quick-release plate with a 1/4"-20 stud, the Magic Rig V1 will accommodate most cameras.

Providing two points of contact for one-armed operation, the Magic Rig V1 is ideal for shooting video with small cameras. The operator's one hand holds the grip as the gunstock steadies the rig against the chest or bicep; meanwhile the other hand is free for adjusting zoom & focus, changing camera settings, and triggering recording. The result is steady video and comfortable operation over long periods of time.

The camera baseplate is offset from the hand grip and gunstock, so you can view your camera's LCD screen with a natural, forward-looking sight line. With thumbscrews throughout, you can adjust the positioning of just about any component so you can suit your specific camera, body type, and operating style.

In addition, the rig's rods are industry-standard 15mm size, which means the V1 is a modular rig that you can reconfigure endlessly, adding or substituting components to your heart's desire. The all-metal Magic Rig is durable yet lightweight at 1.6 lb.

Baseplate features heavy-duty quick-release plate for camera
Supports any DSLR camera
Gunstock rod measures 12.5" long and features adjustment range of 10"
UPC: 034447028679
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Dot Line Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras
  • Quick-Release Plate
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    Dot Line DL-V1 specs

    Adjustment Range 10" (25.4 cm) along gunstock rod
    Length 12.5" (31.75 cm)
    Weight 1.6 lb (0.7 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.94 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.3 x 6.8 x 4.0"

    Dot Line DL-V1 reviews

    Magic Rig V1 for HDSLR Cameras is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 20.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Versatile, Lightweight Handheld Rig! We bought this product to film quick clips of handheld-style video where we wanted stabilization but also not get bogged down by the weight and of an industrial-strength rig. This one fit our needs near-perfectly. PROS: Lightweight, easy to configure for different-sized users, comfortable to use, produces much more stabilized video than just holding the camera, price is great! CONS: This is nitpicking, but I would have liked to have had options to mount a screen and a mic on this as well, via the accessories pack we bought, which only had a second rod and handgrip. Our solution was to use a V adapter on top of the hotshoe of our DSLR.
    Date published: 2013-04-04
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sturdy, with some challenges It used to be that the only formidable players in camera support rigs like this were priced well out of range of most folks on a tight budget. Those times are changing, and it's amazing what can be found now without paying the $1000+ of 5 years ago.While I prefer a full shoulder rig, counterweighted, there are times where I need to scale down and take as compact a run and gun kit as I can, and a shoulder stock/handgrip rig like this seemed to fit the bill. The price was also very easy to accept, especially for an unplanned purchase needed for a quick out-of-town shoot.Unboxing, the Magic Rig V1 is wrapped in bubble wrap and is fully-assembled, though I did need to take the camera platform assembly off and spin it around to get the tenstion knobs where I wanted them. Everything tightens well and the rig's joints don't shift or twist as some cheap rigs do. The quick-release plate seems very sturdy, easy to tighten and loosen, and secure once locked into place. What jumped out at me quickly, though, was that the rig smelled like gun oil. After just a couple minutes of handling and adjusting, I realized that it was coated in a fine coat of greasy substance (hence the smell). This is a bit disconcerting, as the oil transfers to fingers, which can transfer to any part of the camera handled afterward: lenses, SD cards, batteries, LCD screens... this is not good. A quick wipe down took care of MOST of it, but this is something to note as soon as the unit is delivered. It should be taken care of quickly, before first use. Once that's done all should be well, though there is still a noticeable amount of grease seeping from the tensioning joints. A regular cleaning may be in order as a prohibitive measure.Having cleaned the oil from the rig, I tried mounting my cameras, a Canon T2i and a Canon EOS-M, along with a GoPro Herp 3 Black with tripod adapter. The 3/4-20 mounting bolt included with the quick-release plate is, oddly, too long. With none of the three cameras was I able to tighten the bolt enough to secure the camera, leaving it free to rotate on top of the QR plate. This is problematic. Adding a small washer under the bolt's head, underneath the QR plate, fixed the issue, but created another. Now, the bolt doesn't sit flush with the plate, causing it to sit unevenly and preventing the spring-loaded set pin from engaging the bottom of the plate. The tightening bolt on the side does lock the plate in securely, but the added safety of the pin is lost. The only way to fix this issue, then, is to shear off a tiny sliver at the top of the mounting bolt.Those challenges aside (and they are pretty considerable challenges), the rig itself is light-weight enough not to cause fatigue with smaller cameras, and is easy enough to adjust on the fly that fast-paced environments won't be more challenging to navigate.I took the rig with me on a local shoot last week for documentary-style b-roll and it performed very well, as well as any other shoulder-stock rig would. Again, it doesn't loosen up or shift in use, and it is easy to adjust. My T2i is equipped with an LCDVF, and setting the Magic Rig V1 to set the viewfinder comfortably against my face makes for a very effective run-and-gun rig with 4 points of contact for enhanced stability: shoulder, eyepiece, handgrip, hand on the camera lens.When not in use, the Magic Rig V1 collapses to a convenient and easily-stored form that straps quickly to the side of my camera bag.I give this rig 3 stars. It's certainly better than expected for the price paid, and it is perfectly functional in real-world use. The light coating of oil, however, and the need to modify the mounting bolt, do take away a bit comparitively.
    Date published: 2014-01-31
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Surprisingly handy rig...Great Value. Thinking of the star ratings in that 3=Good, 4=Great,5 =Exellent...this little guy gets a solid 3+. For the price I wasn't expecting much and had my fingers crossed it wouldn't be a bust but when it arrived I found it to be fairly well built and intuitively designed, worked very well for mounting the 5D and getting much more stabler shots then before where I was basically just walking around supporting the camera and holding my breath. Long-term professional durability will have to be seen there are a few elements (screw plate, tightening mechanisms) that I foresee I will have to deal with gingerly to get the most life out them but overall for the price and portability its a great value.
    Date published: 2013-01-03
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Design, Flawed Execution This is an extremely comfortable and well designed rig for the price. For run-and-gun videography, I don't think I will ever stray from the gunstock model for its portability and versatility. This particular model has a grand flaw, though, which is the 1/4 screw on the quick release plate. I use this with a Sony a6000 and for whatever reason the camera will never stay firmly affixed to the quick release plate for more than a minute (at best...). Bottom line is the camera is perpetually loose as it sits on the rig. It's a flaw that can be worked around, but extremely annoying nonetheless.
    Date published: 2014-09-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Versitle but.... Overal I have more positive than negetive comments. Firstly the guick release looks like arca swiss in the picture, It is not. It is a different size and is commpletely incompatable with arca swiss devises. Overal the rig is very sturdy and holds secure except for 2 components. The pistol grip is composed of 3 seperate parts. These parts are loosely pressure fit together and they slip and slide all over the place. The rifle stock is attached by a flimsy ballhead and cannot be made tight. The rig is infinitly adjustable and can be mix/matched with any 15mm rod commponents. I use my rig for an SLR with a heavy 500mm lens. Even with the rig I cannot hold it totally steady by hand. The solution I found is as follows. Using a standard superclamp and a 5/8 to 15mm stud adaptor I can attach the rig to any tripod or monopod. The head I use is 26lb capacity ballhead.I attach a small tool pouch to a paded tool belt and put the legs of my tripod in the pouch. The rig now supports all the wieght on my waist,and is stabilized by the shoulder stock, pistol grip and one hand on the tripod. If that isnt sufficiently solid I can also use a remote release and lean my back against something solid like a tree. All the parts are interchangable and the rig can be configured, adjused and mix/mathed to fit any situation. The rig is light and economically priced. Overall a good product/value. Dot Line if you read this make the QR the same size as arca swiss and this product will be a real winner.
    Date published: 2012-01-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Affordable and easy to reconfigure This things is a budget friendly rig that can be easily reconfigured - I reset mine to a reasonable approximation of Redrock Micro's 'Captain Stubling' as designed by Stu Maschwitz. For the price it works, but some of the parts were manufactured more precisely than others. The rubber sleeve on the quick release is loose, and the cover sleeve of the handgrip moves too. The quick release is not quick, and not the best design either. BUT - it's so affordable, and with some care, and the right camera on top, you can get some much more stable shots than just hand holding on your own. It looks good, I could change it to suit me, and the price is great, buy one and be happy, because the Redrock alternative is several times the price.
    Date published: 2013-07-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great substitute to pricey zacuto it's a very cheap build, but it's a great thing to have until you have enough saved to buy better quality.
    Date published: 2012-02-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good I use this with a canon 60D and from what I've had to use it for so far it seems to match the more expensive versions pretty much identically. It's very light which was a big concern of mine. It tightens and loosens well, though I can imagine it will, over time, begin to loosen its grip. no real evidence but a hunch based on the give of the little screws. The shoulder bit with the foam seems to be a complaint from a few people who have used this but seems to be near identical to the ones I was renting that cost six of seven hundred more dollars. But that's just me. Over all... a week of good steady use has made me very happy and I have every intention of using this for quite some time. I have a 28 day shoot on the road coming up and I reckon I'll have a much better idea of how this thing fairs after that. But, so far... so good.
    Date published: 2012-06-13
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