Hands-on Video Review: Shape FS7 Extension Handle

The Sony FS7 is a very popular camera which comes in a shoulder-mount shape and form, straight out of the box, which often isn’t the case with cameras that didn’t get the third party rigging treatment.

However, the built-in shoulder pad and handle aren’t perfect. The shoulder pad can’t be moved much to adjust for different balance points depending on the type of lens you use – a movable baseplate with built-in shoulder rig is required. Many manufacturers, including Shape, have come up with great solutions. My current baseplate of choice is the Zacuto Recoil baseplate for the FS7.

The handle is another story – while the shape of the grip is actually perfect for larger hands like mine, the handle itself has always felt like something that was built before the design was perfected. The two big issues: a thumbscrew to attach the angle of the handle is cumbersome to operate while you have the camera on your shoulder, and having to use a screwdriver for the adjustment of the length of the handle is a downright usability nightmare.

Canadian camera accessory maker Shape discovered this problem early on (and yes, this product has already been on the market for a while, but I just found it too good not to cover!). They made a replacement part for the upper part of the handle that gives you a push-button adjustment of the handle angle plus a thumbscrew for the length adjustment. And just like that, it becomes something you don’t want to miss from your FS7 ever again.

Shape FS7 Extension Handle

The Shape FS7 Extension Handle allows for toolless handle adjustments.

Shape FS7 Extension Conclusion

If you have a Sony FS7 and film from the shoulder frequently, you should get the Shape FS7 handle extension. It’s as simple as that. It makes this great camera just more usable by thinking the concept until the end, something that Sony wasn’t able to do when they released the camera.

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Philipp Peyer Reply
Philipp Peyer April 14, 2016

mit welcher kamera ist das gedreht ?

Nino Leitner Reply
Nino Leitner April 16, 2016

A7s II

 Larry Vaughn Reply
Larry Vaughn April 17, 2016

mit welcher kamera ist das gedreht: With which the camera is rotated.

 Brian Paul Reply
Brian Paul April 14, 2016

We have this, it’s awesome.

 Erik Stenbakken Reply
Erik Stenbakken April 14, 2016

I have one for FS7 and consider it *essential* if you do any handheld. Very worthwhile product & well made.

Vlad Box Rojas Reply
Vlad Box Rojas April 15, 2016

Ok I will call it: Fan Boy.

Jean-Philippe Pemeant Reply
Jean-Philippe Pemeant April 16, 2016

Antoine Ciceron