My Favorite New Gear - The Easyrig

*Just a quick note - this is not a review, but just thoughts on a new piece of gear I purchased*

The first camera I ever put on my shoulder was the Canon XL-1 way back in 1999. I was a young man back then and I don't remember any specific pain in my back even after long hours of shoulder mounted use.

Flash forward to 2011 and I bought my first shoulder rig to use with my Canon 7D. It was a Jag-35 and I mounted my camera, a 5" monitor, and Juicedlink box for XLR audio input. After a few hours with that on my shoulder my mid and lower back was starting to ache.

A younger me with a pathetic rig.

A younger me with a pathetic rig.

Then came the DJI Ronin. It only took three minutes and my back was starting to tighten up on me no matter what camera I had on there.

ENTER THE EASYRIG

The first time I saw someone wearing an Easyrig was in a BTS video on Youtube. My initial thought was that they looked ridiculous, but ten seconds later I realized that the Easyrig was allowing the wearer to operate without any back strain. Six straight hours operating a Movi? I was intrigued and now I've finally taken the plunge and bought one of the cheaper Easyrig's - the MiniMax. 

It really is a game changer and I'm kicking myself for not getting one of these earlier. They've been around for quite some time.

My wife steps behind the camera on our last shoot while I stepped in front of it. Here she is wearing the Easyrig with the C100 Mark II rigged out.

My wife steps behind the camera on our last shoot while I stepped in front of it. Here she is wearing the Easyrig with the C100 Mark II rigged out.

I don't know if there's a whole more to say about the Easyrig. It works. It does exactly what it's designed to do. Both my wife and I wore the MiniMax for a few hours with this C100 rig with absolutely no back pain or fatigue. The Minimax allows you to operate with your camera at several heights and also swivel from side to side.

My last order from B&H was a disaster. Things were missing from most of the items I ordered and part of the Easyrig that should have already been assembled wasn't. (B&H has been the subject of lawsuits involving discrimination and poor treatment of their workers - looks like someone took some frustration out on my last order)

I sent the maker of the Easyrig (in Sweden) an email about how to reassemble my Minimax and within a day I received a personal email with photos and perfect instruction of how to get this thing working. A+ for craftsmanship and A+ for customer service.

I'll be posting the video we made using the Easyrig shortly.

So is the Easyrig right for you? Already own one? Own a different setup? Let's start a conversation below.