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LANPARTE SHOULDER PAD – REVIEW
click:         Date:2013-11-14 14:25:14

 

Today I am posting a review of the Lanparte Shoulder Pad

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I have used this shoulder pad for more than a year and I am more than satisfied with the performance, ergonomics, and the quality of this product.

When I was shopping for a new shoulder pad, I wanted something that met the following criteria:

1. Ergonomic (It must be comfortable)

2. Versatile (The pad will be used in many different configurations, with different cameras, and different camera operators)

3. Reliable (High-Quality materials and components, I need a pad that will last for several years, production environment can rough on the equipment, it must be strong)

4. Compatible (I want to be able to use this with the 15mm rails I already have, so the machining tolerances must be precise)

5. Affordable (I don’t want to pay for a fancy image, or a bunch of marketing hype, I just want something that is reliable and within my budget)

 

I owned some other shoulder pads, but I was not happy with the ergonomics or the versatility. I wanted a comfortable shoulder pad that I can actually place the camera directly on top so it is balanced.

The Lanparte Pro Shoulder Pad comes with this very useful 15mm rod clamp Riser:

This riser lets me put a second set of rails directly over the shoulder pad, so I can balance my rig.

This Dual 15mm rod clamp was a very useful addition to my grip kit.

 

I have used this little clamp in so many ways, you can use it to offset the height of the pad:

You can see how using it this way will offset the height of the pad

Here it is being used to raise the shoulder pad.

You can even use it to place the second set of rails, with your baseplate and camera sitting directly on top of the shoulder pad. This is how we use it, and our rig is balanced perfectly. If we have to add amattebox, follow focus or other accessories to the front on the rig, we can use a larger battery, or place our wireless receivers towards the back to compensate. Below is the most basic configuration we use, nothing fancy, just the rig, the camera, and a viewfinder:

This is a very basic configuration that we use. This rig is very light, and well-balanced.

This is a very basic configuration that we use. This rig is very light, and well-balanced.

This is a close up of how the Shoulder pad is attached to the rest of the rig.

This is a close up of how the Shoulder pad is attached to the rest of the rig, using the height riser.

 

 

I have been using this setup for a while now, and it works quite well. In the meantime, Lanparte has added two new shoulder mounts to their product line. The VMS-01, and the SS-02 :

The VMS-01 has a V-Lock on the bottom, and a quick release plate on top.

The VMS-01 has a V-Lock on the bottom, and a quick release plate on top.

The SS-02 has a v-lock on top for your camera, cage, or baseplate.

The SS-02 has a v-lock on top for your camera, cage, or baseplate.

I really like both of these new designs from Lanparte. I think we’ll probably upgrade to one of these in the future. When I get my hands on one, I’ll post a review for the readers of this blog. The first shoulder pad that I showed you is the only piece that I own, here is my evaluation:

-I really like the pad, the contour helps the rig rest firmly on your shoulder and it is very comfortable to use:

The contoured pad makes it easy to hold the rig parallel to your shoulder.

The contoured pad makes it easy to hold the rig parallel to your shoulder.

-The quality of the materials used is very good. I am impressed with the built in clamps, they are very easy to open and close, so adjustments can be made very quickly. Since there are 4, it doesn’t take much force to lock the pad down securely. This is a great design. I think this pad will give our company several years of reliable service:

These clamps are very easy to adjust and lock down. They are definitely built to last.

These clamps are very easy to adjust and lock down. They are definitely built to last.

- The price is very reasonable. I have used similar products that cost much more, and many of them were not as nice as this one. I have also used some other shoulder pads that were similar in price, and I feel that the Lanparte shoulder pad is the best for my needs.  I hope this review was helpful to you. Please follow our blog for more product reviews, and tips on how I use them personally

Made by Johanan Pandone  from DP Visual Media

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