About a week ago Robert sent out a few of the new JuicedLink Accessory Brackets for folks to try out. He posted a thread with this offer: the first five responses would get a free bracket. Lucky me: I spotted the thread quickly and was one of the five.
What Robert sent me was the Rectangular (DIY101B) Accessory Bracket and the 15mm Rail Mount (DIY105B) Bracket.
Here is the link to these products: http://www.juicedlink.com/diy-rigs-supp ... ar-diy101b
All these products are part of the JuicedLink DIY series.
The main Rectangular Bracket came in four sections of milled aluminum bar stock which is coated in black paint. You get hardware to connect all four sections together. All four sections have multiple drilled and tapped holes for all of the three industry thread sizes. So you can pretty much attach whatever you want to these brackets: camera, mics, mini ballheads, friction arms, HDMI displays, etc. Remember that all these holes are tapped with the correct threads. It would be easy for a handy person at home to create the four sections but tapping all those holes would be an exasperating time killer.
This bracket feels like it is the right size for its function. The best thing about using this bracket is it offers relief from adding equipment to the camera's hot-shoe. I have seen photos of all kinds of stuff connected to the hot-shoe. This bracket offers a much more stable solution. You can also spread the positioning on all four sections to create better balance and center of gravity. Also included is a bag of mounting hardware of different lengths and thread sizes, plus round rubber washers. You also get a strip of anti friction cork tape.
I have a real mix of support gear that is mainly based on the Redrock Micro and Express 35 systems. This Juicedlink bracket is a welcome addition to my kit. Highly recommended! The Rectangular (DIY101B) Accessory Bracket costs $164.
Also included was the 15mm Rail Mount (DIY105B) Bracket. This allows you to connect the Rectangular (DIY101B) Accessory Bracket to any standard 15mm rail system. Hardware is included and you can use a allen wrench to attach the two brackets together. The mounting holes on my (DIY105B) Bracket were a fraction off center from the main Rectangular Bracket however. It took some fiddling to get the two surfaces connected firmly together. Once I added a set of Redrock Micro 15mm rods the ends of the (DIY105B) Bracket bulged out a bit, creating some gaps at the end. It still functions fine but the appearance bothers me a little. Depending on what rig you have you may or may not need this 15mm Rail Mount (DIY105B) Bracket. The DIY105B costs $56.
I plan on trying different combinations with mounting equipment to this system. Thats the nice thing about this: you can create your own positions and balance. The other thing worth trying is using the bracket with your hands, much like a small fig rig.
All in all I feel lucky to have received this kit. Sure, real handy DIY types might be able to produce something similar at home. I have experience with drilling and tapping holes into metal. Its a very time consuming process that has to be done very carefully. This system is a much better option.
Here is a photo of my 5D with the two JuicedLink DIY brackets mounted to a Miller DS20 tripod. I have a Zoom recorder, Que Microphone (with its kit mini boom pole and sound muffler), headphones, small friction arm, HDMI display, Redrock Follow Focus II, and Formatt matte box.