I’ve been experimenting with trying to shoot shorter videos for the site, and just put this little rig together! Read on to learn more about everything I used.
First, hats off to Caleb Pike from dslrvideoshooter.com for coming up with this rig. It’s a pretty effective use of some basic gear. Note: Caleb has links to a lot of the rig in this post here, if you’re going to purchase anything do it through his links.
Here’s what you’re looking at:
- Fuji X-T2 Camera
- Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 lens
- Fuji X-T2 battery grip (which I’m thinking of taking out to make for a lighter more compact setup)
- Rode VideoMicPro with DeadCat
- Ikan on camera monitor
- Oben TT-300 Table Top Tripod
- Articulating Magic Arm (which is holding the mic)
- Quick release clamp
- Quick release plate
- Pearstone HDMI cable (to connect monitor to camera)
- Pearstone audio cable (a short extension cable for the mic)
- Hotshoe to post adapter (to mount the monitor in the camera hot shoe)
Here’s a wider look at the whole thing:
The tripod is rated for 6lbs. The whole rig as shown in the photo (including the tripod, camera, lens, monitor, etc) weighs in at exactly 6lbs. So it’s close! I wouldn’t describe the rigidity of it as confidence inspiring, but it seems solid enough. Like I mentioned, I might take out the battery grip, as it’s unnecessary.
What’s great about a setup like this is that it’s an all-in-one unit. It should allow us more flexibility in shooting around our studio, and more quickly doing videos. With the Fuji X-T2 we’re able to shoot in 4K, and the autofocus on the camera is pretty great!
Another thing I like about this rig is the use of the magic arm and the mic. I positioned it up close to the camera so that I could photograph it all in one shot, but the magic arm can be easily repositioned so that the mic is as close as possible without being in the shot.
If you have any questions let me know, and make sure to check out Caleb’s post at dslrvideoshooter.com here.
P.S. If you’re interested in learning more about shooting video you can also check out our How To Shoot Awesome Video tutorial here.