The Cheapest Professional 15mm DSLR Rig I can find on Amazon

I’ve already built my own DSLR rig based on copper pipe and a cutting board (based on this design), but I wanted to look into a more professional rig.

So, after a little while on Amazon (full disclosure, these are all affiliate links, so I do get a little money if you buy them), I found all the parts to make the rig for less than the one pictured above (but looking almost identical to it). One caveat, though. I haven’t actually ordered the whole thing yet. If I do, this is what I’ll be getting:

You might notice that there are three crucial compenents missing from the list. That’s because a recent trip to Ikea got me the 15mm rails. Now, they call them “drawer handles,” but if you have a local store, stop by and see if these rods don’t fit the bill. At $12.99 for the 33 1/2″ ones (and cheaper for the shorter ones), I don’t see a reason to buy the purpose made $100 ones.

So, let’s total up my costs: $184.71 for all the parts (as of May 11, 2014 including shipping) + $12.99 for the rods. That’s $197.70. Now, let’s compare that to the one in the picture above. It sells for $256.43 (after shipping). So, while it didn’t save me hundreds of dollars, I can think of something to do with around $60.

If this is the type of rig you’re looking for, I hope my shopping helps you.


Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to a peak of 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.