Full Review of the indiSYSTEM Rig

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I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I like the indirailSYSTEM and decided to write post about the rig. I’ve had it since May and have done a wide range of shoots with it. From corporate, to event, to promotional, and yes, even the Mo’s Queso Commercial.

I’m not sponsored by any of these companies that I will talk about. These views are my own and based on my own experiences. If you don’t like what I say then leave a comment. I love to hear what others have to say. Ok, on the the rig…

The specific rig I have is the indiSYSTEM indiRailspro DSLR and for $369, it is the best value I’ve seen for a full shoulder rig. It is on the heavy side but it allows you for very steady shots which is great for interviews when a tripod isn’t available. There is even a removable counter weight. The rig is based on a pair of 18” rails and a quick release plate. I really like how the height of the quick release bracket can be changed. The bracket that the quick release plate is attached to has holes on the bottom to attach to a tripod. This might be one of my favorite features because I use it the most.

The should pad is comfortable for even full day shoots. Unfortunately, the way the shoulder pad and counter weight is attached is not with standard rod sizes so you aren’t able to mount other accessories (I’m sure you can but not with out finding custom sized rail mounts). There are three points that the should pad can be adjusted to give you a very custom feel. This allows you to offset your camera when shooting with a Z-finder or straighten the rig when shooting with a monitor. The adjusting of this is not as smooth as I’d like however. Everything stays in place but when you want to move the shoulder mount (and handles for that matter) it is a little rough.

The handles are comfortable and are a great size. There are four points of adjustment which gives you a really good feel and after trying out different variations you can get a perfect fit. Again, the rails that the handles are attached to are not standard sized so mounting accessories can be mounted, such as a monitor. And like the shoulder mount, it is hard to make small adjustments. I do like how I can make the handles shorter.

So my overall opinion? It was a great purchase and the value is unbeatable. My favorite part is the rails with the quick release plate and adjustable height. Since I don’t like how the handles attach to the rails with I decided to get the Jag35 handles. For only $150 or $170 with Zacuto rails, this is a great deal. For now I am sticking to the stock shoulder mount but I am looking into the Redrock Micro shoulder mount. Unfortunately this would cause for a straight rig and I’d have to offset it to use the Z Finder with a pair of rails and a rail offset.

If you have any further questions on this rig feel free to comment. Follow me on twitter to see updated pics with my future upgrades.

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  2. tristan brown
    December 6, 2010

    Hey rob,

    Loved the review. Sorry abt my site. I haven’t really done anything to it yet. Im thinking about getting this rig. Im just starting out with dslrs and don’t have the money to put down on anything more expensive. I am going to be shooting mostly for visual effects shots and later.down the road for 3d effects during my years at expression college for digital arts. Do you think this is a good rig to start with and will it hold up? I like the idea of the jag 35 handles also. What’s the difference with them? Love your sight by the way.

    Thanks
    Tristan brown

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    • Rob Ruscher
      December 6, 2010

      thanks! really appreciate the compliments. i think this is a perfect rig to start with. it is solid and i have beaten it pretty badly. everything is sturdy. the biggest difference with the handles is how much lighter the jag35 ones are. the handles that come with this kit however, are easier to hold for longer periods of time due to being longer. hope this helps. let me know if you have any other questions

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      • tristan brown
        December 8, 2010

        awesome thanks man! Im going to get it, just needed some reinforcement haha. Appreciate your help and I hope your business is doing well. Your setup is awesome. I just got the azden sgm 1x and I have the zoom h4n also. How do i use them together and monitor the audio on some headphones at the same time? Oh and also hows the z finder jr? like how it mounts to the camera and how it looks? sorry for all the questions. Thank You!!

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  3. Rob Ruscher
    December 8, 2010

    you plug the mic into the zoom with an xlr cable and monitor through headphones that plug in the zoom. i like the z-finder jr but id recommend the pro because it comes with the gorilla plate. the only reason i got the jr is because i had some projects and couldn’t wait for the pro to come out. the jr is fine though and i use the sticky frame. the jr plate is junk haha

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  4. tristan brown
    March 3, 2011

    Hey Robert,

    I used the mic plugged into the zoom and was shooting a short film. It sounded good in the headphones, but when I put it on my computer, the sound was really low…to the point that it was unusable. Did I do something wrong?

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    • Rob Ruscher
      March 3, 2011

      Well make sure to check your recording levels. The zoom has been known to record low for safety. You can bring it up in post via soundtrack pro or in FCP. Not sure which editing software you use but it should be able to bump the gain.

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  5. Ángel larr
    August 26, 2011

    Hey, great review! Im a film student, i own a 5d, a zoom h4n and a 504hd manfrotto head. Im looking for a mount, follow focus and matte box in the price range and quality as the equipment i mentioned before. Looking into the redrock or zacuto ones, i saw they were quite expensive, i bet they are worth each penny, unfortunately i wouldn’t like to spend that amount of money because im planning on buying a shotgun mic. My question is that if it would be a good idea to purchase the indisystem (mattebox, follow focus and rig) in comparison with the equipment i already have? Or would it be better to dave some money and get a pro one?
    Thanks a lot. Nice reviews!

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    • Rob Ruscher
      September 6, 2011

      Thanks Im glad you liked it. I’d take a look at the stuff at Jag35. They have some quality stuff for a great price. Good luck!

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  6. logan
    September 27, 2011

    Hey I was wondering why you went with special rails as well as the handles? Wouldnt just the handles themselves work?

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    • Rob Ruscher
      September 28, 2011

      I’m not sure if I understand your question. You need more than just handles to attach a camera and accessories

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  7. logan
    September 28, 2011

    Oh, I realized you didn’t purchase different 15mm rods, just the separate handles, right?

    When you say, “Since I don’t like how the handles attach to the rails with I decided to get the Jag35 handles. For only $150 or $170 with Zacuto rails, this is a great deal.” I thought you were saying you purchased the Jag35 handles + Zacuto rails?

    If this is the case, why did you purchase Zacuto Rails as well? Arent the rails on the IndiSystem 15mm therefore standard? And only the rail between the handles is non industry standard, correct?

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    • Rob Ruscher
      September 29, 2011

      These rails are fine, but I wanted something longer to add more options when shooting with a monitor. This post should answer your questions. http://ruschervisuals.com/?p=416 Hope it helps. And yes, just the handles and the shoulder pad are connected with non 15mm rods

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