Fig Rig Style bargain on e-bay

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MAGLINK
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Chrome
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I love the description...

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"...a must for any wood be film maker"
"...made of aluninium"
"Just so are eBay friends in the States..."
Nigel Longman
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I saw it too

I saw it too and I've ordered one.

The guy may not be the world's greatest typist but has been exceptionally helpful with the answers to my queries concerning the camera mounting arrangement.

It looks well made in the pictures with neat welding on the cross-bar - what can go wrong? (Famous last words)

Regards NL

MAGLINK
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Mine on its way too and I got the manfrotto 577 quick release plate for £38 and the lanc for £124.

Will post some pics when it arrives with my new Z7 mounted.

H and M Video
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Won't this be an infringement of a Patent?

Harry :confused:

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MAGLINK
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May be but I suspect that it wasnt patented as it was a camera persons idea that was then marketed by manfrotto by mike figgis?

Looking around there is even a cheaper one for £25 from the USA and a $15 one made out of plastic tubing.

tom hardwick
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I just couldn't get on with the Fig-Rig. It's ok if you're happy to leave the camera in auto (or manual and the lighting doesn't change as you move about) but the weight of the thing means you can't let go (while you're filming) with your left hand to alter the iris, manually focus, up the gain etc. It's just too much for your right hand and wrist to bear, especially as the C of G is so far removed from your palm.

tom.

MAGLINK
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Interesting comment and I though some of the same, I didnt want to blow nearly £200 on the manfrotto one but less than £40 delivered makes it more of reasonable punt.

Medidox
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I agree with Tom, the fig-rig looks like a sensible idea but in practice it was too heavy with a z1, took time to set-up, was not the easiest device to take around on location and changing from the fig-rig to a tripod was time consuming. I got rid and use a shoulder-rest now that can go on and off the tripod without any adjustments.

DAVE M
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It depends what you use the fig rig for.

I would only recomend it to be used on a shot by shot basis. It's not intended to be a steadycam, just to give a bit more stability to H/H stuff.

as for changing, it depend if you set up the correct adaptors. I have swapped from one to another in about 30 seconds.

PETERH
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Hi

I recently made one from PVC tubing, not used it in anger yet, just did it to try it out.

Seems sturdy enough, got it from the net although His measurements were a bit out, some bits were unavailable over here & I had to compromise.

Regards.

Peter

MAGLINK
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I got mine today and for £35 it is great value if you want to try one of these type rigs. I added the manfrotto release plate for £36 so it is a nice budget set-up.

Chrome
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JGNattrass wrote:
I suspect that it wasnt patented

Just for info... A US patent was issued to Michael Figgis (assigned to Red Mullet Ltd., GB) in 2006. Apparently he has international patent coverage too. US Patent 7,033,088 at uspto.gov

James lundy
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I got one too.

I don't think it's as good a build as the Fig Rig, it isn't very far off and is a lot cheaper.

WIRED - HAVEYOUBEENWIRED.COM & also a blatant cheap promotional link. :D

Arthur.S
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Not interested in the steering wheel, but that player looks interesting. Wonder if it's anything to do with this? http://www.easywebvideo.com/