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On the list of new arrivals from SHAPE is the release of a dovetail shoulder mount with the addition of new compact handles. Built and sold in a sleek black aluminum, this shoulder mount has an integrated ARRI-style dovetail plate with a shoulder pad attachment, and rosette mounting points at the front, to make it easy to attach handgrips. This product offers videographers a great option for a shoulder mount system with a dovetail already built directly into the rig.
If you’ve never had the chance to use a dovetail plate, it allows for easy camera adjustments forwards and backwards to help with balance. Users can simply unlock the side lever on the bridge plate and slide the camera back and forth, and the same can be done with the actual shoulder pad underneath. The dovetail plate also comes with spring loaded stoppers at the front and back to prevent the top bridge plate from fully sliding out, but can be released easily by pushing the button while sliding the plate.
SHAPE’s dovetail plate section is 12.5 inches long and allows for around 10.5 inches of travel up and down the bridge plate, allowing for lots of variation in setup and balance.
Starting at around $990 USD for both the dovetail shoulder rig and the handgrips, this system is by no means a cheap option in the market, although SHAPE have been known to produce great quality products that are durable. I haven’t personally used this system myself, but I have had the pleasure to operate quite a number of SHAPE products over the years and have always been quite happy with the results.
*Buy the SHAPE Dovetail Shoulder Mount & Compact Quick Handle (HAND15) in Canada at Lumio Marketplace.