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.
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