Manfrotto SYMPLA Lightweight Shoulder Mounted Rig

Manfrotto SYMPLA Lightweight Shoulder Mounted Rig

Manfrotto SYMPLA Lightweight Shoulder Mounted Rig

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  • Quick Release Camera Plate
  • Counterbalance Weight Included
  • Versatile Ball Head Handgrips
  • Flexible Configurations

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Manfrotto MVA525WK overview

  • 1Description

The Manfrotto SYMPLA Lightweight Shoulder Mounted Rig is a ready-to-go offset shoulder mount solution for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. It includes the necessary pieces for creating a flexible configurable shoulder rig, including a counterweight. It features swivel-joint handles for control and flexibility, and an RC2 quick release plate. The kit comprises a shoulder mount, shoulder pad, 12" rods, 6" rods, an RC2 mount, 80mm H-Offset, adjustable handles with spacers, clips, rod connectors, a light counterweight, and a spacer for counterweight with adapter.

  • MVA511W-1 SYMPLA Padded Shoulder Mount

    The MVA511W-1 SYMPLA Padded Shoulder Mount from Manfrotto is a rig component consisting of the aluminum SYMPLA Universal Mount combined with the SYMPLA Shoulder Pad. The mount features two 15mm rod clamps designed to provide near universal compatibility with most rod-based shoulder rigs. The padding is developed to ensure comfort and ergonomics with most SYMPLA configurations. A 3/8"-16 counterweight thread has been integrated into the shoulder pad to allow for properly balancing a front-heavy rig.

  • 12" Rods

    The Manfrotto SYMPLA 12" Rods come as a pair that can be connected in length using the included screw junctions. They can also be joined at different heights or shifted laterally by way of optional SYMPLA V-Offset and H-Offset components, respectively.

    Standard 15mm in diameter, and made of stronger and lighter-weight tubular aluminum, the pair can be used in a variety of SYMPLA rig configurations such as with Fixed or Variable Plates and with the Flexible Mattebox.

  • SYMPLA 15mm Rods (Pair, 6")

    The Manfrotto SYMPLA Pair of 6" 15mm Rods includes two aluminum rods threaded on both ends. A screw junction is included with each rod for connecting to additional threaded rods. Optional SYMPLA V-Offset and H-Offset components can also be used to connect these rods to other rods at different heights or shifted laterally.

  • MVA525W SYMPLA RC2 Mount

    The Manfrotto MVA525W SYMPLA RC2 Mount is a lightweight solution in order to combine video equipment such as HDSLRs or light camcorders with a rod system. Thanks to its design, it is possible to adjust the operating height of the camera in two different positions, depending on the size of the body and the dimension of the lens. The RC2 quick-release plate allows fast and secure connection between the camera and the rig.

  • H-Offset

    The Manfrotto SYMPLA H-Offset connects two sets of SYMPLA 15mm rods in order to join a SYMPLA Shoulder Pad onto the second set. The top plane connects to a set already part of a SYMPLA rig, and the bottom plane allows a second set to be connected. (The Pad connects to the second set by way of an optional Universal Mount.)

    You can also use the Offset to mount other compatible accessories via the added rods.

  • Adjustable Handles

    The Manfrotto SYMPLA Adjustable Handles can be set in pretty much any position -- vertical, horizontal, up-side down, and every other in between. They can be set closer together, wider apart, and rotated 360°, allowing comfort and precision. Once you find the right position, just lock it in place -- each handle has its own locking dial (and each handle can be positioned differently).

    The Handles hang by ball joints (hang until locked). The flyout arms they hang from are attached to a SYMPLA Universal Mount. These arms can be angled closer together or wider apart similar to how the Handles do. Two metal spacers come included to be fitted between the Handles and flyout arms to extend the lengths of the Handles.

    The Handles also play a part in incorporating remote controls into SYMPLA rigs. SYMPLA offers two different remote control units for adjusting focus on DSLRs. One of the ways of mounting these remotes is by way of the Handles. They attach to the top parts of the Handles, in conjunction with the same spacers mentioned above.

    Another application to note: when used with a SYMPLA rig that's attached to a video head, the Handles can serve as double pan bars.

    The Handles are designed PVC-free.

    Comfort and Precision
    • Each Handle adjusts and locks into most any position
    • Can be rotated 360°, used upside down, and as pan bars
    • Accommodates the attachment of SYMPLA remote controls
  • MVA520 SYMPLA Connectors for Rods (Pair)

    The pair of aluminum red anodized MVA520 SYMPLA Connectors from Manfrotto feature 1/2”-13 UNC screws to precisely connect two rods.

  • MVA521L SYMPLA Light Counterweight

    When using SYMPLA as a shoulder-mounted rig, placing the Manfrotto MVA521L SYMPLA Light Counterweight at the back of the rig securely attached to the shoulder support pad can aid balance and stability. It puts the centre of the overall rig and equipment weight in line with your body's centre of gravity. The counterweight screws securely onto the SYMPLA Shoulder Pad via a 3/8" thread. Counterweights can also be stacked to offset very unbalanced loads.

In the Box
Bundle Items
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Registration
  • 2 x 1/2" (1.3 cm) Screw Junction
  • 2-Year Warranty Against Defects in Workmanship
    (Plus 3 More Years per Product Registration)
  • 2 x 1/2" (1.3 cm) Screw Junction
  • 2-Year Warranty Against Defects in Workmanship
    (Plus 3 More Years per Product Registration)
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • 2-Year Warranty Against Defects in Workmanship
    (Plus 3 More Years per Product Registration)
  • Universal Mount
  • 2 x Metal Spacer
  • 2-Year Warranty Against Defects in Workmanship
    (Plus 3 More Years per Product Registration)
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty

Also Includes

  • 5 x Clips
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to 5 Years with Product Registration
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • MVA511W-1 SYMPLA Padded Shoulder Mount
    Material of Construction Aluminum and nylon
    Mounting Interface 15mm rod clamps
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    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.417 x 6.85 x 3.78"
  • 12" Rods
    Dimensions Length: 11.8" (30 cm)
    Diameter: 15 mm
    Weight .4 lbs (.18 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.9 x 4.6 x 3.6"
  • SYMPLA 15mm Rods (Pair, 6")
    Dimensions Diameter: 15 mm
    Length: 5.9" (15 cm)
    Threads Threaded
    Weight .22 lbs (.1 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.4 x 6.8 x 3.7"
  • MVA525W SYMPLA RC2 Mount
    Compatible SYMPLA Rods Long 11.8" (300.0 mm)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.3 x 6.8 x 3.7"
  • H-Offset
    Load Capacity 11 lbs (5 kg)
    Weight .57 lbs (.26 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.9 x 4.6 x 3.6"
  • Adjustable Handles
    Load Capacity 11 lbs (5 kg)
    Weight 2 lbs (.9 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.4 x 6.7 x 3.8"
  • MVA520 SYMPLA Connectors for Rods (Pair)
    Compatible With SYMPLA Rods - 300 mm, Long. Pair + 2x screw junctions
    SYMPLA Rods - 150 mm, Short. Pair + 2x screw junctions
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.9 x 3.6 x 0.3"
  • MVA521L SYMPLA Light Counterweight
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.3 x 6.7 x 3.7"

Manfrotto MVA525WK reviews

SYMPLA Lightweight Shoulder Mounted Rig is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Minimize your footprint I,m a commercial food photographer, and often my clients ask me to shoot video in their restaurants for their web sites. The SYMPLA shoulder rig gives me great mobility on these jobs, especially in kitchens where space can be severely limited. The rig has great balance which makes it easier to repeat moves, and the design allows for quick assembly on location and for the addition of other camera tools. I reviewed a lot of rigs, and the SYMPLA gives me a stable and professionally designed platform for a lower cost than other brands that offer less quality in construction and look.
Date published: 2015-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not for the C100 I wanted to use this for my C100 but even if i flip the off-set upside down so it goes down instead of up, it places the viewfinder too high to use. However, it also places the camera too close to the face to comfortably use the OLED screen. So I returned it. I'll probably eventually assemble my own rig to custom fit the C100 and my head. However, all very well built, very easy to assemble, very strong and convenient. Probably great for DSLR users where the screen will wind up in the right spot for your eye.
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another awesome tool I own a DJI Ronin, Glidecam 4000, Sliders, tripods and various other kinds of mounting gear for my cameras. The niche I needed to fill was with a shoulder mounted camera. A shoulder mounted camera gives a movement and capability that nothing else can replicate. Shopping around, I wanted something that worked with my Manfrotto RC2 system so I could move my camera around without too much fuss. The Sympla system is easy to use, break down and configure. I put my dSLR on my Tilta follow focus rig, and put an RC2 plate under that. I can easily go from hand-held to slider shot without having to undo or disassemble some kind of shoulder rig. This rig is perfect in so many ways.
Date published: 2015-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Value Very good shoulder mount for a great price. Allows for a lot of different configurations and adjustments. Easy to assemble and adjust so that it is comfortable. The only complaint is that it could use an extra counter balance weight. When using a fully loaded camera (FF, matte box, screen, and a fairly long lens), it doesn't balance. Extra weight form Manfrotto are way to expensive so I just created my own by taking a 5lb dumbell apart and using a 3/8 x 16 bolt.
Date published: 2016-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great product for a competitive price I am enjoying this product, I use it with a 5DMKIII and a Zacuto Z-finder. Here's a quick feedback: - Solid, sturdy and lightweight - Excellent quality as in any Manffrototo product. - Modular, so you can have multiple ways of configuring it as well as upgrading it. - Extremely simple to assemble (It took me 6min to put it together and go) - Has an H offset so your Z-fincer or screen lines up with your right eye. Works great on a 5D MkIII, however I will replace the RC2 mount by a Sympla variable plate (3 axis control), but that's just a personal preference. Also worth mentioning that the counter weight is included. Worth every dollar.
Date published: 2015-10-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hard to handle and heavy I tried it on my Sony PWX Z150, all the weight is to the front even with the suplied counter weight for the back, so it it not at all balanced plus it is hard to manage because it is bulky,may be good for a DSLR but bad for a video camera (I wanted to be the same as my previous full size shoulder mount camera feeling), the contruction is good but you have to buy other parts to fit it well, the eye level of the camera visor was too high, still with the extra accesory to correct that was bad. Still it does not mean that is a bad rig but for my use it has no purpose, better to use a monopod.
Date published: 2016-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High quality product - Great for DSLR shooters This is a really nice piece of gear. As soon as you take it out of the box you can see and feel that it's high quality. I use a Canon DSLR and used this rig to shoot a 12-hour music event, as well as the festivities surrounding it. I couldn't imagine shooting for that long without it. It fits very nicely on your shoulder and has plenty of options for adjustments based on your body type and preference. You can get some really steady shots with this, so it allows you to be mobile without sacrificing production value. It is a hair cumbersome to get your shot ready because you have to take one hand off the rig to hit record and get your focus. I'm not sure if there's a way around that, but I didn't have a problem getting used to the fact that the first 2-3 seconds of my clips are shaky because I'm adjusting the shot. I would definitely recommend this to any videographer or documentary filmmaker. It allows you to turn your low-cost DSLR into a usable run-and-gun setup. It also brings a certain level of professionalism to your appearance.
Date published: 2015-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic rig for the price. Excellent value. Solid build. Many different configurations. If you get the Sympla Long Lens kit support system in addition to this then you're ready for anything. I've used this to rig up my Bmpcc. I've also added the Sympla variable plate, an AC7 OLED, and a Zacuto Zwiss plate v2 with battery. If you've been debating. Pull the trigger. This is a great start to your rig.
Date published: 2015-03-23
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