Now that every person and their brother is out there making webisodes, free movies, and filming. The accessories market has really grown. For aspiring filmers Cam Caddie has an abundance of accessories to help with getting the shot. Having an East Coast intern that spends his days shredding the streets this was a perfect match up to have him put it to the test. So off into the nights he went falling on bushes, dropping this off a roof, and doing other things most mortal men shouldn’t to test a product.
Product: Cam Caddie Scorpion, Cam Caddie Accessory Shoe, Accessory Wing & Amp, Tripod Adapter
Purpose: The Cam Caddie’s purpose as stated by Cam Caddie is to act as a hand held jib arm for video cameras and DSLR. For those people out there that don’t know what a “jib arm” is, and no it’s not like T-Rex arms. A jib arm or jib boom is an extension or mount for a camera to get a different view angle and steady the camera while filming. The Cam Caddie has a model called the Scorpion, and it looks just like that. Nice rubber camera mount and curved handle allow your film buddy to keep that steady hand as well as get the angle to make the 20 foot kicker or 12 stair rail look huge. It has many different types of accessory shoes and adapters to connect to the over all rig.
Features: This product helps blur the line of buddy filming and semi legit shred productions. Using a glorified handle like this definitely helps you get under the rider while follow filming, giving you a bit more reach and tilt with the curved handle. The accessory mounts allow you to add flashes, lights, microphones and anything else with a shoe fit. The rubber camera mount with multiples options to sit the camera farther into the handle is a nice touch making it versatile with many different cameras.
Conditions: I took the Cam Caddie out on many different shred trips, from 3 a.m. hand rail sessions to mid winter park laps to bullet proof winter ice storms and more. I was constantly switching out different types of cameras when using it. From go pros, rebel’s, a 7d, and some HD handle cameras from canon and Sony. You name it the caddie came with us.
Pros: Easy to use, I mean to the point of keeping mittens on to swap out cameras. On that note that huge handle made it to hold with gloves or mittens and even slip over the chair lift bar to use as a safely holder as safety productions took place. The handle held with the whole point and shoot vibe allowing us to get different angles with the camera being centered under the handle. The accessory mounts went on with a breeze and came with a tool to help tighten the screws. The actual handle was super sticky and really easy to hold over long periods of time and weather. Over all it improved filming making it easier to hand off the camera to idiots and have them follow us.
Cons: OK as nifty as this Caddie is it doesn’t fix the need for basic filming techniques and it only amplifies some of our sloppy habits. If you’re not bending your knees and absorbing the shock of riding the handle will shake more then just holding it. The plastic body has a fair amount of flex and making it hard to use with a heavy camera, if your camera is more then 6lbs or you have a ton of mounts the handle will flex under the weight. The feet on the bottom on the caddie could use a little bit of rubber on them to keep it from sliding when you set the rig on wet surfaces like car hoods or tables.
Durability: With that said the plastic held up really well, I took a couple slams with a camera on it. The plastic didn’t crack like I thought it would, after using in its ideal environment I tried to abuse it a bit. My friend fell down some concrete stair with it in his back pack and one of the little feet broke off. I tried a pull up on it and got one under my belt before I realized that I was pushing my luck with another. Other then that its got an ok stamp, it they could fix the flex issue it would be much better.
Personal Thoughts: I’m no Spike Jones or MDP but I know what looks good on camera and how to make it look better. The Caddie held up to what it said it would do, but it wont replace steady hands and a good fish eye lens.
What They Say: Get the Cam Caddie:
The best handheld Steadicam for today’s small video cameras and DSLR cameras.
This professional grade video camera support rig is easier to use than a Steadycam, Glidecam, or Gyro with a support vest and arm. The Cam Caddie Scorpion is the best accessory for the Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, Nikon: D40, D90, D5000, D3000 & Red’s long awaited Scarlet. Cam Caddie the universal stabilizing video camera handle. Transform your digital SLR into an easy to use video camera with professional grade image stabilization and anti shake. The most stable, light weight, Steady Cam you can buy for the best value over other steadi cam stabilizers. Small HD video cameras don’t need the extra gear that a Steady Cam uses. Float the video camera like a hand-held jib arm.
Get the Accessory Shoe:
This accessory shoe works with the Cam Caddie Scorpion. This hot or cold shoe mounting accessory will allow you to attach a Light, Lite Panels, Flash Units, Mics, & Monitors to the Cam Caddie Scorpion.
Get the Accessory Wing & Tripod Adapter:
This accessory works with the accessory Shoe, swap out the individual shoe for the wing and now you can mount multiple accessories to your Scorpion for easy handheld use. Mount Lite Panels, Mics, Monitors & Lavaliere Transponders easily and quickly to the Cam Caddie Scorpion.
The Accessory Wing can also me mounted to any 1/4-20 thread.
Mount it to your tripod and attach multiple accessories at one time.