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A review of the PR-1 Prime Video Shoulder Rig from Photography & Cinema -- a lightweight camera stabilizer & support system for your DSLR. In this review, we compare test shots & footage taken with the PR-1 shoulder rig, steadicam, glidecam, flycam, and handheld.
Canon Rebel T4i / 650D / Kiss X6i
18-135mm STM (Silent Stepping Motor) Lens
"Remember Me As A Time of Day" by Explosions in the Sky
"First Breath After Coma" by Explosions in the Sky
Special thanks to Phet Tran, Paul Renken, Stacey Phuong Chau, and Khoi Nguyen.
Handheld vs Shoulder Rig, Handheld vs Steadicam, Steadicam vs Shoulder Rig, and Glidecam vs Shoulder rig.
Most DSLRs are small, light-weight, and front-heavy cameras, which make them incredibly sensitive to movement. Even at a slow walk, shooting with a handheld DSLR can be shaky and unstable.
Let's repeat this same test with the PR-1 and see what happens...
At just over 3 pounds, the PR-1 sits comfortably on the shoulder and adds enough weight and stability to help smooth out your shots. Although not perfectly smooth, the rig helps to eliminate many of the tiny, "micro shakes" you get when shooting handheld. The PR-1 Prime Shoulder Rig makes for a nice camera stabilizer.
As a point of comparison, let's repeat the same test with another popular stabilization device...
Shoulder rigs are not mean to be replacements or substitutes for steadicams. Steadicams and shoulder rigs are different tools that produce very different looks. Steadicams are camera stabilizers that usually produce smooth, more free-flowing shots; while shoulder rigs produce rough, more action-oriented or documentary-style footage.
It's important to consider these differences -- as well as the kind of look you're going for -- before settling on a particular device.
By default, the handle bars of the PR-1 are set to a narrow, upright position, which we found somewhat difficult to balance. Fortunately, all major joints of the PR-1 are adjustable. This allowed us to set the handle bars at an angle, which gave the rig a wider base and made it easier to balance.
One cool feature of the PR-1 is the adjustable shoulder pad, which allows the rig to be configured into a "target shooter" mount. As a target shooter, the PR-1 can be pressed firmly against your chest, making it an extremely compact rig -- perfect for small and confined spaces.
Overall, we found the PR-1 to be a very nice shoulder rig - well-constructed, light-weight, and fully expandable -- definitely a nice camera / DSLR stabilizer and support system.
If there's one disappointment we had about the PR-1, it's that it doesn't include a counter-weight system. Even without any additional accessories, the camera and shoulder rig alone can be quite front-heavy. For longer shoots, we recommend purchasing or rigging your own counter weights.
Otherwise, we found the PR-1 to be a very nice shoulder rig - well-constructed, light-weight, and fully expandable. A great camera / DSLR stabilizer for any filmmaker or videographer.
The PR-1 includes: 2 x 10" 15mm standard rods, 2 x 6" rods, 1 x camera plate w/ tripod mount, 1 x 4" offset clamp, an adjustable shoulder pad, and 4 x 1/4-20 thread mounts for additional lighting, microphones, monitors, and other accessories.
This concludes our review of the PR-1 Prime Video Shoulder Rig from Photography & Cinema. For more information, including pricing and order information, please visit "Kamerar.com".
I'm Phet Tran with Glass Pixel Studios -- until next time...
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