Sam Morgan Moore from Half Inch Rails presents a new shoulder pad solution for handheld rigs. These rubber shaped elements are not only very affordable at £30 ($48), but as opposed to common shoulder pads they are also really small. from the HIR website: HIR_SP Shoulder Pads are super soft plastic pads to create a shouder pad for your 15mm camera support rods Sold as a set of five or individually The pads make for a cofortable shoulder mount while being super compact and low profile, especially when your rig is packed down. The pads are egonomically curved to fit your shoulder while maintaining a level horizon with your camera. The web design means they compress to your exact shape on the shoulder. Get it for £30 ($48) over at Half Inch RailsRead more
A while back, at the beginning of HDSLR time, UK based photographer Sam Morgan Moore presented his half inch rails RnG pro rig here in the forum. The big advantage of this rig was it’s lightweight design, ease of use and affordability. Now, 2 years later, Sam is back with the Series 2 of his rig. It seems to be very sturdy, simple and rigid, which is a good thing. With this rig you can use normal 15mm rods or Sams own “half inch” rails. Sam sells the “simple setup” for £500-£525 EX VAT which is about $850. Shipping not included. One very interesting setup Sam suggests is the “cine stlye rig” which you can see in the video above or on the last image to the left of this text. As you can see the camera body is situated at the height of the chest instead instead of the cmareamans head as usual. Sam told me about his experience of the advantages and disadvantages of this drop rig configuration: – Very stable because the CofM is below the shoulder so it doesnt want to fall over all the time like most rigs – works well on sticks too – maintaining verticals (avoiding keystoning) often the camera needs to drop a little which this configuration helps – now if you are doing an interview in very close you can look up at the subject – which is not so nice – so it is very cinematic and less ENG You can get the Half Inch Rails S2 on www.halfinchrails.comRead more
by Jared Abrams | 30th January 2011
Sam Morgan Moore has announced a new rig from Half Inch Rails. This scaled down version of his original version is a component-based system that can easily be upgraded as the user sees fit. Sam is a shooter himself and continues to improve upon his original design. The new RnG S2 uses industry standard 15mm rods and has a central mounting bracket that is symmetrical and can be used upside down without effecting the rod location. This video shows the pre anodized prototype. Estimated pricing will be around £400. Sam is quite responsive here on the forum. Hit him up with any questions or suggests you may have. Click here to check out his site. Source: EOSHDRead more
by Jared Abrams | 24th August 2010
Sam Morgan Moore of Half Inch Rails sent me this really cool video about the oldest weekly rodeo in The United States. It takes place in New Jersey of all places. Greg Kohs used the Half Inch Rail System because of it’s small footprint and operator friendly follow focus system. Here is a list of the gear he used for this shoot. camera: Canon 5D MII glass: Canon 24-105mm f4 pict setting: superflat iso: 160, 320, 640, 1600 shutter: 50th movie mode: 24p (1920×1080) aspect ratio: 2.35:1 rig: halfinchrails.com audio: Zoom H4n’s stereo mic & Sennheiser shotgun Click here to got to the Half Inch Rails website.Read more
by Jared Abrams | 14th February 2010
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