Summary: Both my dolly and jib arm require a tripod with a large footprint. The Fig Rig lets me squeeze into smaller spaces or move over rough terrain with minimal wobble and shake. Its design takes small-muscle movement out of the picture, literally.
Summary: After being curious about these, I had a chance to try one at a show. Bought one a few months later. It's NOT a steadicam and not designed to be or to replace one. But for short walk and talks, or to smooth out handheld work, I can't find anything better. If you have a heavy camera then don't expect to hold it up for long periods. It's not too bad with my DVX100, but much tougher with my EX1.
Pros: Good Stability, Inexpensive, Lightweight, Well built
Summary: The fig rig is a great product. It has improved my handheld shooting quite a bit. I originally purchased it for tracking shots, but have found where it really excels is in hand-held pans and such like. Getting steady shots while walking does take some practice. It certainly is no steady cam, but by employing the camera stabilizer in my Sony HDR FX1 I have had fairly good success in creating smooth tracking shots.
Summary: Yes, it is light weight but this rig is too wide and awkward to use. You have to have both hands on the rig so you are screwed if you have to make an adjustment while shooting. I would recomend using something smaller and easy to get around with.
Summary: I recently bought the fig rig after using it in school for studio shooting. It's definitely smoother and better than hand holding my Sony HDV camera, but not as great as full stabilization rig. Stil, a good, cheap alternative that's easy to use and quick to deploy.
Pros: Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Summary: I can't believe I didn't buy this sooner I shoot and edit commercials and wedding for a living I have bought other stabilizers in the past they all were a big let down . Most took to long to set up and even longer to learn how to use and the all were bulky and heavy. As soon as I put my cam on this rig I was shooting and it looked great .
Summary: This is a vast improvement over hand held and much lighter than any prototype one could easily build. I used this to shoot a mock hunting show and it performed great even while running down stairs. The only drawback is the gawking you receive from unknowing observers. "Nice Steering Wheel" becomes the new hello. I'm tempted to print up a t-shirt that explains what this is on the back so I wont have to say it 20 times every shoot.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Highly Compatible, Lightweight, Lovely, Produces High Quality Film
Summary: The selfish side of me doesn't want me to tell you about this.. but the little guy sitting on the other shoulder says I should (maybe I'll shoot him after). I've been working on a documentary for the last two years, shot about 250+ hours.. On a tripod, I can't be beat.. hand held.. utter garbage.. I get lateral movement, it just looks very unprofessional. I've bought a crane with motorized turret, steadicam, all in attempts to get it right..
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Produces High Quality Film
Summary: I used the Varizoom VZ-1SHOOTER Shoulder Brace to shoot the reception of a wedding. After hours of use my forearm began to spasm and cant shots were impossible (OUCH! - if you think of how difficult it was to keep the cam steady). The FIG RIG is an AWESOME replacement. It provides 2-handed operations which reduces jerkiness. SWEET!! When I doctor it up my Panasonic 100B looks like Mike Figgis' equipment. Goal Attained!