My Weird “Trombone” Camera Rig!

Have you ever struggled to capture the perfect shot because your camera equipment just doesn’t quite fit the bill? Fear not, because I may have found a solution for you! Introducing my weird “trombone” camera rig – a unique and unconventional way to stabilize a camera and capture stunning images. In this blog, I’ll share my journey of discovering and creating this unusual camera rig, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of using such a setup. Whether you’re a professional photographer or a hobbyist, I hope my experience can provide some inspiration and maybe even a few laughs! Let’s dive in and explore the world of unconventional camera rigs.





My Weird “Trombone” Camera Rig

My Weird “Trombone” Camera Rig

The Trombone Rig

Hey guys, Caleb here with DSLR video shooter and in this video, I’ve got kind of a crazy weird rig for you guys. I’m calling this the trombone rig because it has an arm that can extend and kind of reminds me of a trombone. Now, this sounds really weird but it’s actually got a ton of versatility and I’m really glad I kind of figured this out on the fly while building another rig for a future video. So let’s break down what this thing is, how it works, and why you might want something like this.

Overview of the Rig

Here’s an overhead view of the rig. I’ll have links to all the parts and we’ll go over them here in a second. I wanted to show you from a top-down perspective what this thing can do. I’ve got a cage on my A7 S3 and an arm off to one side that can extend and collapse. There are also many ways to adjust this thing up and down, as well as rotating. The main reason this rig is amazing is the stability it provides. Traditionally, when you’re holding a camera, there’s a lack of stability, but with this rig, things are rock solid. When you move your hand to the front of the camera, you can do so much more with this when it comes to remaining steady.

Stability and Comfort

When it comes to stability, this rig is a game-changer. You can film comfortably for extended periods, thanks to its ergonomic design. Another great feature is that you can use a 70-200 lens with a matte box and still comfortably go into handheld mode because the arm extends so far out, providing you with many lens options.

Parts Needed

Now, let’s go over the parts needed to put this together. I’m going to show you the parts I used as well as some alternative parts if you want to customize this for yourself.

Camera Cage and Rosette Adapter

The first thing you’re going to need is some kind of camera cage. I have a SmallRig cage on top of the A7 S3. You’ll need a NATO rail on the cage to attach the arm. Next, you’ll need a way to get a rosette on the side of the camera. For this, I went with a NATO to Rosette adapter for easy mounting and removal of the arm.

Adjustable Rosette Arm and Left Hand Handle

The star of the show is the SmallRig adjustable rosette arm, which allows for extension and locking in place. I also have a wooden left-hand handle from SmallRig, but there are other handle options available. These parts come together to create a super-rock-solid setup for your camera rig.

Customization Options

If you wanted to customize this rig further, there are plenty of options available. You could go with different handles, rosette mounting options, and arms from different brands. There are also options to add handles on both sides for even more stability and control.

Trust me, when you put this rig in your hands, it is so much nicer than having to mess around with the traditional handheld setup. The stability and comfort it provides make it a worthwhile investment for anyone looking to improve their filming experience.


Frequently Asked Questions about My Weird “Trombone” Camera Rig!

What is a “Trombone” Camera Rig?

A “Trombone” Camera Rig is a unique camera setup that mimics the sliding action of a trombone to extend the reach of the camera. It allows for creative and dynamic shots by giving the ability to change the camera’s perspective and distance from the subject.

How does the “Trombone” Camera Rig work?

The “Trombone” Camera Rig consists of a telescopic pole or arm that can be extended or retracted to adjust the camera’s position. By sliding the camera in and out, it provides flexibility in capturing different angles and distances without having to physically move the entire camera setup.

What are the advantages of using a “Trombone” Camera Rig?

The “Trombone” Camera Rig allows for unique perspectives and shots that would be difficult to achieve with a traditional fixed camera setup. It offers versatility in capturing dynamic movements and provides a creative edge to video or photography projects.

Can anyone use a “Trombone” Camera Rig?

While the “Trombone” Camera Rig can be used by anyone, it does require some practice and coordination to smoothly operate the sliding mechanism while capturing footage or photos. It’s best suited for individuals who are familiar with camera operation and are looking to experiment with different shooting techniques.

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