You upgraded your compact camera to a full SLR and thought you were so cool. Yes, your still photos looked even more awesome with those professional lenses. But your videos look like they were taken by someone with cerebral palsy. Not to mention that it’s really hard to keep things in focus when you’re moving around capturing video of your cat in motion. You miss your auto-focus.
You could go back to your old compact camera. But, no! You don’t want to go back. You have to go forward and make this SLR work. It cost you a fortune and the last thing you want to do is turn it into a digital paperweight. What you really need is a video stabiliser – a Steadicam rig! But then you look at the prices of the Steadicam. Wow. They’re even more expensive than your camera.
Okay, you need a poor man’s steadicam. You search the Internet in vain. You keep finding these flimsy, cheapo rigs. Even though they are advertised by attractive women in fluorescent T-shirts doesn’t hide the fact that they are lame.
Stop. Your search is over. Opteka make a DSLR camera rig for less than $200. And they’re pretty good looking to. Well made. And they won’t require another suitcase to take with you on vacation. You won’t need to dress like a navy seal to carry one around either. They fit in your hand and are really lightweight.