-the story of SmallRig Top Handle for RED DSMC2 1961
We got complaints about using top handles on RED DSMC2 cameras that the regular handles are too long and too tall for the limited space, so it will be painful to attach external battery pack or to use the monitor.
We solved the first problem in days: the grip had to be at a delicate length to fit different palm size and to avoid blocking the monitor or battery. NATO structure is what we wanted but it will raise the height of handle for sure.
Julien Badarely suggested a reversed design so the handle won’t block the battery.
Nathan DuMoulin suggested a rubber cover in front of handle to cushion accidental impact to the monitor. Nathan also thought we could use a thinner grip. garet.js suggested a combination of wood and aluminum for the grip part, and more standard threads at the rear to attach more accessories.
Comment from Nathan DuMoulin: Well, my SmallRig DSMC2 top handle has arrived, and I must say that it’s pretty much perfect. I use the 7″” touch, and the handle doesn’t obscure any of the screen. The QR nato rail is super handy as well, and feels sturdy. Lots of mounting points (1/4-20, 3/8 and even rossette), and a little rubber bumper at the front to protect the screen. It’s even a sexy solid black, which means they clearly listened to us when we bitched about the prototype that had a wood finish.
I’m a huge supporter of SmallRig, as they’re one of the few manufacturers out there that build affordable accessories for us based on our feedback. They sent me this handle for free, but I did pay for the base plate and carbon rods that I also use and love. I also have the top plate, but I’m not really a fan since I try to keep my rig as light as possible.
Anyway, just wanted to share, and thank SmallRig for finally building a low profile handle that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to buy.
Next-->: Let DJI Ronin Grip stand on its own feet