American Cine Review of the Dougmon January 29 2013, 0 Comments
|Dougmon Supports Handheld Operating
International Supplies, a leading distributer in the photo and video
industry, has brought the Dougmon handheld camera-support system to
market. Invented by cameraman Doug Monroe, the Dougmon’s adjustable arm
support helps reduce wrist and arm fatigue while offering operators the
flexibility and support needed for smooth, steady shots with DSLRs and
small video cameras.
With the Dougmon system, the
camera sits on a patented, adjustable friction ball-head system held in
the center of the operator’s palm, imitating the movement of the wrist.
The arm of the Dougmon adjusts to fit the length of the user’s arm and a
padded cuff with adjustable straps secures it in place. This functional
design allows the camera to go wherever the user’s hand or arm goes,
enabling the user to shoot high, low, or over his or her shoulder. The
Dougmon can even be used as a monopod.
Able to support
cameras of up to 5 pounds, the Dougmon weighs 28.5 ounces and is small
enough to fit in a camera bag. It features an adjustable,
stainless-steel friction ball-head and powder-coated stainless steel and
aircraft aluminum sliding arm. Adjustments are easy with
industrial-grade knobs and release straps. The Delrin hard plastic
handgrip is designed to reduce pressure points in the hand. The Dougmon
is sold with a Manfrotto 577-style quick-release head.
Slingmon, an over-the-shoulder Dougmon support sling, allows for
two-handed camera operation and use of slightly heavier cameras.
Street price for the Dougmon is $530. The Slingmon is sold separately for $200. A Dougmon and Slingmon carry bag is available for $30.