How To Build A Functional Awesome Looking Steampunk DSLR Shoulder Rig From Plumbing Supplies

Aug 2, 2013

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

How To Build A Functional Awesome Looking Steampunk DSLR Shoulder Rig From Plumbing Supplies

Aug 2, 2013

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Sometimes the looks of something makes just as much as difference as its function. I am not 100% positive that this steam punk rig by youtube user StrugglingWriter76 is the most comfortable thing in the world, but I would admit that it looks pretty cool.

How To Build A Steampunk DSLR Shoulder Rig

The rig is based around plumbing supplies, 15mm copper pipes, split rings and foam. All could be bought in the plumbing section at homedepot or such.

There are three components to the rig: A shoulder pad, a mounting section and a handles set.

How To Build A Steampunk DSLR Shoulder Rig

Here is the three parts video that show how to build one of these beauties. Sadly, there is no test footage of using the rig, or of reaction shots from people seeing it.

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P.S. If you are not into plumbing you can make an awesome rig from a $7 IKEA cutting board.

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8 responses to “How To Build A Functional Awesome Looking Steampunk DSLR Shoulder Rig From Plumbing Supplies”

  1. Brian Avatar
    Brian

    Awful idea. Copper pipes?

    1. Jayson Carey Avatar
      Jayson Carey

      why is that awful? I made one out of a crutch that works very well.

      1. Cheekius Geekus Avatar
        Cheekius Geekus

        Jayson, I’ve thought of using a crutch for this purpose. Do you have any photos of your design or a HowTo?

        1. Jayson Carey Avatar
          Jayson Carey

          I’ll try to get a picture of it this weekend. I have been planning on making a “how-to” series of youtube videos for my photo and filmmaking DIY gear, but so far that’s been on the back burner.

  2. Zarif Rafiul Haque Avatar
    Zarif Rafiul Haque

    Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Michael Turcotte Avatar
    Michael Turcotte

    {sarcasm}There are no gears glued on it, so it can’t be steam punk{/sarcasm}. Just because it is made from copper and brass (and gears) does not make it steam punk. Using steam and being Victorian make it steam punk. I liked it better before it went mainstream.

    That being ranted on, it is an interesting take on shoulder rigs. Looks like it would be more durable than the PVC versions and the weight does add stability.