Fancier New Small Camera Shoulder Rig Counterweight

Fancier is back with a portable stabilizer rig. The first time they tried to do this, I reviewed one of their rigs and it didn't go over so well. You could find that old article (click here). I guess they were listening to feedback and made some really good changes. First, they got rid of all the plastic knobs - those were just meant to crack and fall off. They've also priced this new mini rig around what's currently on the market, but it also has much better quality than the one provided with the RJ focus.

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The counterweight is a clever flat folding design which adds stability, and it makes for easy travel. There's nothing I could say about the shoulder pad, except that it completely lacks one. It's just a very thin foam lining. The only other thing you could easily point out as 'not-so-good-quality' is the handles. It's a nice contour design and easy on the hands, but it's a faux rubber plastic mold. Don't get me wrong, the handles don't feel frail like it could break. I'm sure they'll take quite a beating. I guess they could be easy enough to rewrap or cover if needed.

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The FTV-50 rig is based on 15mm rod and clamp rigs, so it's possible to expand, but as it is now, it will not support something like a follow focus. My guess is it's targeting all the new hot little video cameras coming out from Pentax, Sony, Olympus, and Panasonic. Very little parts, but completely adjustable in all manners.

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It has one hotshoe in the rear and two 1/4-20" threaded holes which you can add accessory arms to. Since the whole rig is based on common 15mm rails you could find optional clamps if you want to mount more. Why they still choose blue is beyond anyone's guess, but it doesn't look too flashy and at the same time doesn't look at all cheap. The price is floating around $130 dollars which is fair, but hopefully we'll see more cheaper rigs from Fancier in the near future. You can find the FTV-50 from Fancier on Amazon (click here).

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28 thoughts on “Fancier New Small Camera Shoulder Rig Counterweight

  1. rastaveer

    does anyone know where i can get attachments so i can add lights and my microphone to this?

  2. Thanks Emm, I purchased one of these bad boys off of Amazon. I love it! With a little imagination you can move stuff around and slap a LCD on and everything. It's perfect for these lighter DSLR's like the t2i and t3i. Keep up the good work!


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  6. Sheldon

    Well I got the DSLR spider for $80, used it at an event and it worked pretty well.

    For this product I like the fact it has a little weight on the back. Might pick it up

  7. Rabi

    I think it's a decent assumption to say that they choose the blue to resemble a certain other, much more high-end line of shoulder rigs.

  8. Emm

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    @Mel - It all depends on your shooting style and how much you want to carry. The Express35 Event inline works well with a camera that has a flip out LCD (or EVF). Gini is solid quality and great prices (if you can catch a good auction), but the Event is ready to go with good ergonomics.

  9. johnson

    First thing I was thinking was the QR plate. Why for the love of god wont they make a compatible plate. I think we have 4 717 fluid head in our gear list.

  10. Manuel

    @Emm - I see, thanks. I like it, I suppose I'm going to get one. This shoulder mount and the cavision one (the basic version) are the ones that attracts me most. The thing is that I cannot stand the idea of shelling out 1000 USD for a rig, sounds immoral. So, back to basic. I own a 1D mark IV and I just bought a 5D mark II for the price of a zacuto rig (1500 USD) and I can guarantee, that if well used anybody can recreate the moves of a DSLR + rig. It's just a pain in the neck. Nevertheless, I'm now looking for a rig and I it seems to me that this price is more "moral" than the others. I believe rig creators should calm down a bit. 😉

  11. Emm

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    @Jeff - It's not the same unfortunately. They really need to understand what quick release systems are for. LOL.

  12. Emm

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    @j.r. - Epic fail. It's not the same. In fact it's not even the same as their ball head. It's just a totally different adapter. These guys really don't know what they are

  13. Emm

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    @Kyle - Good deals with Gini if you can grab a cheap auction. Otherwise Express35 has some affordable and quality stuff.

  14. Emm

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    @Manual - I have some new pics. Actually you can drop the stage all the way down and it will still sit on the table flush.

    Since it's on round rods you can angle the stage, angle the shoulder support, or even angle the handles.

  15. Emm

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    @Manual - It's connected to a round rod. It can be positioned at an angle. It does not have to be at a 90 degree right angle. This setup is very solid and can stabilize a camera well. You will of course be limited to how much you can build onto it. For instance, there is no dual rod support for a future mattebox or follow focus. For just traveling with a stabilizer, it will do the job. I also like how small it is when used with small cameras, unlike the much larger rigs which look awkward when small cameras are placed on them.

  16. Manuel

    @Emm: Thanks Emm. But by bringing my hands lower the dslr would be tilted slight downwards and the lens would not be 100 per cent parallel to the subject matter. Or am I missing something? It seems to me that this is the best value in terms of rigs, nevertheles that high rod supporting the camera kind of puzzles me...

  17. Emm

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    @DigitalCyclops - LOL, movemens are so random. I was lazy and just used my point and shoot camera as always.

  18. Emm

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    @Mauel - No need to bring the rod down. Just bring your hands lower. Bringing your hands lower is more comfortable and stable when you tuck your elbows in against your body.

  19. Emm,

    Any way you can get any photos/videos of this rig WITH a camera on it? Would love to hear what you think of it while you have a 4-6 pound camera/lens/accessories attached.


  20. Kenrik

    I wish these companies would ditch that blue color I think it looks awful.

    Anyway, for $130 I would rather spend a little more and get a Gini DSL-17k that usually go for around $180 - 190 when he lists them.

    I went for a decked out Gini rig with the follow focus but it cost me considerably more (closer to $500)

  21. Manuel

    Hi there. Thanks for this review. I have a terrible doubt: if you want to position a dslr at eye level, you have to slide the rod down right? BUT...That rod seems so high that if you wanted to put down the camera and mounter shoulder, the whole device would not be steady on the ground...Am I mistaken? Thanks, Manuel

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