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CVP SM1 Support

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CVP SM1 Shoulder mount camcorder support bracket system - Ideal for most handheld DV / HDV camcorders & HD-DSLRs
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CVP SM1 Support

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CVP SM1 Shoulder mount camcorder support bracket system - Ideal for most handheld DV / HDV camcorders & HD-DSLRs

£49.99
€46.74

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Manfrotto MN-577 Quick Release Plate

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Manfrotto MN-577 (MN577, 577) Quick Release Camera / Tripod Plate Assembly

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This inexpensive support system provides arm and wrist support to help prevent strain during sustained periods of handheld operation.

It's surprisingly effective and ideal for use with virtually any handheld DV / HDV camcorder.

About the CVP SM1 Support

This inexpensive support system provides arm and wrist support to help prevent strain during sustained periods of handheld operation.

It's surprisingly effective and ideal for use with virtually any handheld DV / HDV camcorder.

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Rated 4.59 out of 5 based on 17 reviews
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4 stars

Feefo on 2015-09-14


Handy, light weight, easy to adjust. The material is maybe too light. I wonder how it works in below zero degreeses. The winter in Finland can be pretty harsh.
4 stars

Ville Ristolainen on 2017-08-15


This is a low level its which we needed quickly for a shoot and it is simplicity itself and works perfectly
5 stars

Maark Bradshaw on 2016-01-21


Great product and good price. Website could give more information on what was included with the shoulder mount, but it was a pleasant surprise to receive the extra items.
5 stars

Feefo on 2015-07-05


Excellent
5 stars

Feefo on 2015-06-01


Great product, very good value.
5 stars

Feefo on 2014-01-15


Superb, just what I was looking for - nice strong, secure support and plenty of adjustment options - great value for me.
5 stars

Feefo on 2014-01-25


Very well made product for its price and just what I was looking for.
5 stars

Feefo on 2014-03-02


Excellent
5 stars

Feefo on 2014-05-14


Great piece of equipment, so much better than my previous rig.
5 stars

Feefo on 2014-05-27


Seems veery good. Although I saw very similar products on other sites that were half the cost. Not sure if this product is any better made?
5 stars

Feefo on 2014-07-19


Good product for the price.A small adjustment necessary for Sony EX1R camera.
4 stars

Feefo on 2014-09-27


As it is a general purpose item, not product specific, it takes some adjustment to make it ideal for individual cameras but seems to work well in reducing shake/fatigue
4 stars

Feefo on 2014-09-29


Good value product but needs tinkering with to fit the Panasonic AG-AC160 camera.
4 stars

Feefo on 2014-10-04


Works fine...
4 stars

Feefo on 2014-12-16


Brilliant piece of kit especially at the price point
5 stars

Feefo on 2015-04-01


I shoot on a variety of cameras from ENG to HDV to DSLR, and enjoy each for different reasons and for different applications.The huge failing of DSLRs has been the handling. They were designed as stills cameras first, to be held against the nose.I love using my DSLRs with a tripod and video monopod, but hadn't really found a good hand held solution (fig rig not bad, front heavy, sore to hold for long periods) stabiliser (great in a controlled environment / indoors, lousy outside if theres a bit of even slight wind) and then there's the rigs that folk buy to hang everything off, their adapted anton bauer block, their zoom recorder, their liliput, their follow focus and rails..I just think these rigs are ridiculous. Follow focus makes sense when you are quite far back from the camera, i.e. an ENG on a pedastol, they make no sense at all for handheld cameras when you can touch the lens controls as easy as scratching your nose. They are cumbersome to use, and slow to change lenses etc. They are designed by folk who cannot have any real-life experience on a pressure shoot. They are not for your runner and gunner.Enter the SM1. Cheap, cheerful, light, compact, simple. It has a camera mount. And thats it!First caveat. This is not for your 7D or for your 5D or 1DX etc.The camera ends up where the viewfinder would roughly be on an ENG camera when used over the shoulder.You will need a DSLR with a flip out screen to make the most of it. This means (at the time of writing) cameras like the GH3, the 600, 650 or 700D or the 60D.If your DSLR does not have a flip out screen look elsewhere.With the camera so close it is easy to reach all camera controls and lens controls. No need for your plastic gears. Simples.In use the mount rests on your breastplate and over your shoulder, it's very stable and with a hand on the lens it's virtually shake free, with wider lenses at least. I shoot with an 11-16 tokina no problem, and an 18-50 Sigma, no problem up until about 30mm (50mm equivalent) and it's comfortable for reasonably long shooting times.CVP recommend adding a quick-release plate, the manfrotto 577 is a good bet as the plate is the same kind as found on the widely adopted 701HDV/501 manfrotto tripod heads, but also as on the superlative Sachtler ACE tripods.I would recommend getting a beachtek or Tascam DR-60D for audio (I would recommend these in any case, regardless of what DSLR you are using)I would also recommend a hoodman type lens hood, as it can be tricky to see the LCD's at some angles in sunlight.At the same time as was buying this the guys in the glasgow shop were unpacking a massive redrock type cage, which cost 25x what the SM-1 cost. We laughed at the differences, horses for courses, they reckoned they hadn't sold an SM1 for DSLR use before, but could see how it could be useful. I can confirm that it has been, just shot some handheld footage of a disability athlete for broadcast. No tripod footprints to get in the way, able to get over the shoulder shots in a way that would be difficult with a fig rig or stabiliser, and letting me shoot at different heights quickly and easily.If you know how to work your lens and can ramp with your fingers then you really don't need a huge rig. The SM1 is far more user friendly and will provide the same stability.If you are confident in your ability and your footage you don't need all the trinkets.One grumble: The amazon marketplace price from CVP is £44 inc. delivery. It seems mad that I need to pay £6 more to collect it in person from a store. Drop the price a bit and these will sell like hot cakes to run and gun DSLR users.
4 stars

Paul Russell on 2013-04-23


Frequently Asked Questions

37 question(s) | 37 answers(s)

Hello can I attatch a quick release plate to the CVP SM1 Shoulder mount, I have a sony Z5 and would like to go from shoulder to tripod.

ben Little 14-01-2011

Yes, you could use a Manfrotto quick release plate or similar.

Does the CVP SM1 hold a Canon 7D?

Will 31-01-2011

Yes, however the camera is not offset from the shoulder pad so getting your eye to the viewfinder will be awkward unless you are using an offset viewfinder like the Cineroid EVF-4L

Can I use CVP SM1 Shoulder mount camcorder support bracket system with Panasonic AG-AF101? What accessories would I need to add to it to have a "ready to go" system ?

Peter Kruzlik 15-03-2011

There should be no issues using the Panasonic AG-AF101 with the CVP SM1 shoulder mount. You can fix the camera straight to the mount or use a Manfrotto MN577 quick release plate so you can release the camera quickly from the mount if needed.

Is the CVP SM1 suitable for the Sony Z1?

Barry Dowding 16-03-2011

Yes, the SM1 is suitable for Sony Z1 style of cameras.

Would this be suitable if the cameraman was running or would it be unstable?

r.mehdi 28-03-2011

The SM1 mount is designed to turn a non shoulder mount camera into a shoulder mounted camera not really a stabilization unit, however it comes with a shoulder strap that would increase its stability but it is down to the user to determine if it is comfortable to use whilst running.

Would this suit a Sony HXR-NX5E?

Peter Allen 04-04-2011

Yes, HVR-NX5E works very well with this support.

Is the eye to camera distance variable to suit different camcorders?

04-04-2011

The mounting plate offers approximately 2-inches of forward and backward movement to adjust for the camcorder being used on the SM1.

Will this fit the canon xh a1?

jason mercieca 10-04-2011

Yes

Is this good support system for Panasonic HVX-200 with accessories(4,4 Kg)?

Gergely Por 25-04-2011

Yes, this would be OK as an additional support method.

Can this be used with a Sony PMW EX1R?

Sean 22-07-2011

Yes this will work with the EX1.

Will it work with the Canon 550d with it's expandable view finder?

Jason Sheppard 26-07-2011

Yes, this support is suitable for any camcorder where the VF can be offset...

Is the CVP SM1 constructed from plastic or metal?

iain thomas 26-09-2011

It is plastic moulding with soft padding on the shoulder and chest points for comfort.

What are the3 accessory brackets for?

Malcolm Allsop 04-11-2011

To give you option to reposition your camera in different ways should you need it, and also the repositioning of hot-shoe for items such as lights.

Hi, would this shoulder mount hold a small 16mm camera like a Beaulieu 2012 (ca. 5kg)?

Patrick 04-11-2011

We would recommend a more substantial rig from Zacuto for a camera of that weight.

Is there a manual that explains what/how the accessories are used?

Rob 25-11-2011

Afraid not. The accessories are essentially a strap and offset pieces only.

Will this work with a Canon XF100?

Garry 12-12-2011

Yes.

Does the CVP SM1 work with the new GY HM150 ?

Chris JONES 20-01-2012

Yes it would work perfectly fine with the HM150.

Will this work with the JVC GY-HM 150U ?

Chris Jones 20-01-2012

Yes

Do you have somewhere in Calgary, Alberta Canada to purchase this or is it only available on the web site here?

Doug 10-02-2012

We don't have any distributors in Canada yet.

Will this work with the sony PMWEX1R?

maria ferreira 20-03-2012

Yes it will work the PMW-EX1R.

Does this support a Sony z5u?

Randy 30-03-2012

Yes

Will the CVP SM1 hold a Canon XA10 or a Nikon D800?

Lynne Hall 27-06-2012

CVP SM1 will hold both cameras.

Will this work with a Panasonic ag-ac130?

Whitridge Amos 11-07-2012

Yes, these items will work together. The maximum recommended weight of camera to be used with the CVP-SM1 is approximately 3.0KGS. Panasonic AG-AC130 is rated at 2.4KGS (excluding accessories)

Will the rig work for Panasonic 250/P ?

Henrik Silver 18-07-2012

Yes. The CVP SM1 works very well with the Panasonic AG-HPX250 P2.

Would this take the weight and size of the Cannon XF300?

Rob 18-07-2012

Yes. The maximum recommended weight of camera to be used with the CVP-SM1 is approximately 3.0KGS. Canon XF-300 is rated at 2.7KGS (excluding accessories)

Is this shoulder mount suitable for the Sony EX1 camera ?

Lorcan 09-08-2012

The CVP SM1 Shoulder mount is for cameras rated at up to 3KGS . The Sony EX1 is approximately 2.8 KGS. If additional accessories are loaded onto the camera, this will be come too heavy for optimal use of the shoulder mount.

Hi Guys, I was wondering can CVP SM1 Shoulder mount be put on a tripod ?

09-08-2012

A Manfrotto MN-577 or similar quick release plate would be the best option to transfer the camera from a CVP SM1 to a tripod system.

Will this work for the Panasonic AG AC-160?

Todd 23-08-2012

Yes. Panasonic AG AC-160 is rated at 2.2KGS. The CVP SM1 will accept cameras up to 3KGS.

Hi Guys, how would you attach a quick release plate to the shoulder mount, any responses are much appreciated

Lorcan 03-09-2012

A Manfrotto MN-577 or similar quick release plate would be a good option. The base of the MN-577 would secure(via the attachment screw) to the shoulder mount, then the MN-577 plate fitted to the base of the camera.

How could I attach a monitor (eg. Zacuto EVF) and microphone to this shoulder mount if the hotshoe on my dslr is already occupied with an xlr input audio device? Are there any arms etc which could attach to this shoulder mount for this purpose?

Lynne Hall 16-11-2012

The SM1 is designed as a basic shoulder mount for lightweight cameras. For a more flexible / comprehensive rig system, you should consider something like this:-

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