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Broken Sony FS5 LCD Mount

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The LCD mount for my Sony fs5 completely snapped in my camera bag. The bag did fall out of my car and I'm pretty sure that's when it happened. At first I used superglue to try to fix it. Big mistake, superglue is not good for any load bearing fixes. My super glue fix didn't last long. Next I did some homework and got some epoxy that would bond the low quality ABS plastic the mount is made with.

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That held up for a couple jobs. I accidentally karate chopped it at a wedding as the ceremony was starting. On the spot I quickly used the microphone mount as a place to hold it with some gaf tape. I had been eyeing zacutos fs5 shoulder rig which has a pretty nice solution for the lcd. $1350 for the whole rig is a bit out of my budget currently but the $100 top plate with a 15mm rod sticking out seemed like a perfect solution. I am allocating funds towards some new glass (will blog about that later).

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It's going to add a bit of extra work on any gimbal setup as I'll have to pull it off. I really like it though, it's very solid.

 

The only thing I wish was a little different is, it would be nice if the 15mm rod could clear the other side, but the xlr port obstructs it. It's unlikely I'll need to mount the lcd on the opposite side but you never know. 

I wish the factory part was built a little bit stronger. It's nice to have all the mounting points available with it. 

I have seen a couple alternates fixes pop up. One is on Ebay so I am just going to add a screenshot. Not sure what its made of, if its metal it could be a better solution. The other is pretty pricey but im sure much better quality than the stock mount. Its made by Vocas and is on BHphoto. 

In my humble opinion this is just one of those things you have to put up the extra dough for. Unless the small rig is made of metal, its just going to break like the stock part.