Tilta Baseplate With Built In Shoulder Pad BS-T03

June 24, 201289 Comments

I’ve been trying to build a shoulder mount rig ever since I purchased an AF-100. Take a look at this article to see how I got to where I’m now. This rig will work with so many diffrent cameras like the GH2 and 5DMKIII. Basically any camera that wasn’t meant to be put on your shoulder can be configured with this system. I also purchased the Hand Grips with 15mm/19mm rail handle bar UH-T03 and a monitor mount with 15mm rail support MA-T03. Both are as impressive as the base plate.

I decided the best way to show the Tilta is by making a quick video and showing the kit to you. I hope this helps you see how versatile the Tilta really is. I haven’t found a better and more economical way to get the camera in a hand held configuration yet until now.

I have used several different baseplates and most of them are designed to only add rails to your camera. If  you want to add a shoulder set up then you’ll need to spend even more money on several more components. The Tilta is designed around the shoulder pad. That’s what makes this the perfect baseplate or core of your rig.

Now a little bad news. It’s hard to get this shoulder rig in the USA. I can’t find any distributers. I bought it direct from Tilta and that also seems like it’s getting harder. I’m reaching out to Tilta to see if they have a better way of selling the rigs. I will update this post when I get a reply from them.

UPDATE 7/18/2012

If your interested in purchasing Tilta products Tilta has a new retail website now. Sort of. Here is how it works. You need a referral to register for access to the retail site. Then you can buy Tilta products including the base plate. It seems Tilta is trying to roll out slow because they cant handle the demand so this is what they decided to do. If you want to buy Tilta products I have 10 referrals I can give out. The best way for me to do this is for you to post a comment below with your email address and I will submit it to Tilta and they will send you a link to register. It’s kind of complicated but that’s how it is. I wont post your email address if you add DONT POST in the comment. Tilta processed the registration fast. For me it took less than five minutes.

Happy shooting!

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  1. Bob says:

    Hey Erik,

    Thank you very much for that video! I have been looking for a solid shoulder rig that is still economical for a while and I came across your great video! How much did it cost you to buy this directly from Tilta? Also, how much did they charge you for shipping?

    Thank you very much in advance!
    -Bob

    • Erik Naso says:

      Hi Bob.

      You’er very welcome! I paid $236 plus $95 for shipping charges from China. The Grips cost $265.00 and the monitor arm with rail mount was $60. Grand total $654. What a deal! I have no idea if Tilta is still selling direct or for how much. This was back in February. I haven’t been able to get them to answer the last few emails lately. I wanted to see if they had a better way of selling in the USA other than emailing the company direct. If you find a local USA distributer let me know and I will update this post.

      Cheers!

  2. zijital says:

    They are now selling in the US, website is http://www.teamtilta.com

    Currently, you need a referral to get into the site & place an order. I can send out some referrals to anyone who needs it, but Erik if you set up an account you could send out invites to any of the readers like me who’ve stumbled on your site.

  3. Roger says:

    Hi Erik,

    Great blog, really informative. I am an AF100 owner as well and am interested in the Tilta gear. If you could help me on that I would appreciate it.

    Cheers,
    Roger

  4. Roger says:

    Thanks, Erik, will do. Congrats on the recent Emmy awards! I was actually also considering investing in an HPX250 for the exact situations you mentioned why you use your HPX370. A friend of mine had the 300 and just sold it, we worked together on a job that I hired him to be second camera on a while back and the image quality of the AVC-Intra 100 was quite nice.

    Cheers,
    Roger

  5. eric martin says:

    Hi Erik,

    As a fellow Eric, and as a fellow AF100 owner also going through mix and match with shoulder rigs, please use one of your referrals for me to order a Tilta baseplate.

    Thanks,
    E

  6. Rick Flowe says:

    Hi Erik-
    I want buy the BS-T03 and the UH-T03 for my new Panny HPX 250.
    Please hook me up with the seller!
    Thanks!

  7. Jon Furtado says:

    Hey Eric! Please send me a referral. I want to get my baseplate soon!

  8. chris li says:

    Hey Eric! Please send me a referral. I want to get my baseplate soon!

    thx,
    chris

  9. mattpope says:

    Thanks for the video and review on the TILTA BS-T03 …
    been looking for a solution for a while // can you send me refer me the link as to purchase

    cheers
    MAtt

  10. Joseph DeBlasio says:

    Thank you Eric for the great review. I have the AF100 and also a Panasonic GH2. I hope this rig will work with that camera as it has a pull out LCD. If you have an extra referral I would appreciate it. Thanks again. Joe D

  11. patrick acum says:

    Hi Erik,
    I’ve been wracking my brains too for the last few years cobbling together all kinds of franken rigs to solve the ‘base plate needs to be where the shoulder pad is’ problem. I looked at the tilta set up and something similar from shape. I was very interested to hear your positive comments about tilta. In the UK there’s a company called cinegearpro that sells tilta but it seems a bit more £££ than dealing with tilta directly. I was hoping to order from team tilta – they require a password, is this where you’re referral would help?
    Cheers

  12. Simon Ellis says:

    Hi Erik,
    Great video – I’ve just bought a Sony F3 and I’m looking around for shoulder rigs options.
    The Tilta gear looks like the answer for me. Can you send me a referral?
    Thanks alot.

  13. Stefan Ruenzel says:

    Very cool video, both informative and entertaining. I’ve been trying to decide between the Tilta 3 and the Genus video shoulder mount… the Genus looks like it’s also ready to rock n roll out the box but I think Tilta presents more options in the long run… and for far less dough. Any chance I could get a referral? Many thx.

  14. James says:

    I would love a referral. Thank you so much!

  15. Gavin says:

    Hey Erik,

    Thanks for the very informative video. I’m trying to get my hands on one of those baseplates. If you have any referrals left, I would love to have one. THANKS!!!

  16. Dan says:

    Hi,

    Ive been trying to get my hands on their follow focus because it seems to be a very good product but i can not seem to find it anywhere for sale. Their website is just a log in. I dont know how to log into it.

    If you could help me get hold of their follow focus for $320 i’d be very greatful.

    Thanks

  17. Noah Brookoff says:

    Hey Erik,
    Great review and congrats on the Emmys.I’ve been trying to get their baseplate and would appreciate the referral if you have any left.
    Thanks!

  18. Patrick Finnegan says:

    Thanks Eric for a very helpful article. I just bought a Sony F3 a month ago and this may prove the right combination for it for hand held. Could you please send me a referral for the Tilta website.
    Best
    Patrick

  19. Bob Wojda says:

    I’ve been looking for exactly this kind of solution for our Red Scarlet. I would like to purchase what you reviewed but you also mentioned there might be a kit for heavier cameras like the Scarlet, any suggestions for that? Regardless I would like the referal to get this package. Great review and very helpful, thanks so much for taking the time to make this.

    Bob

    • Erik Naso says:

      Hi Bob. Glad you got something out of the review!
      In the review I have another video NAB 2011 with Tilta and they showed a prototype of a larger heavier model but Tilta never released that baseplate.

  20. Bob Wojda says:

    Sorry one additional question. What is the name of that universal power adapter that you used for weight? That looked interesting and a good power solution too.

    Thanks Eric!
    Bob

  21. Hundo says:

    Hey Erik,

    I know I’m late to the party but please tell me its not too late for you to send a referral for me?! Although I LOVE the Tilta baseplate, I’m still a little stuck between Tilta and Lanparte, either way, I’m looking to purchase in the next couple weeks, can you help? Thanks in advance.

    Best,
    Hundo

  22. glenn martin says:

    Erik,

    i’m part of the AF100 community on dvxuser and wanted to be able to purchase the tilta shoulder rig you demo’d in your video. is it possible i can get a referral from you?

    thanks,
    glenn martin
    member name: masnart

  23. Erik,
    Read and viewed your review on the Tilta Baseplate BS-T03. Can you refer me to Tilta. I want to purchase one for my Sony F3

    Thanks, Bob Matzen

  24. Joe Murphy says:

    Hi Erik,

    Great review – I’m looking to purchase the shoulder mount and hand grips, could you send through a referral if you still have one?

    Thanks,

    Joe

  25. Yasir says:

    Hey Erik,

    Just came across this solid review while looking for a shoulder mount solution that incorporates the VCT-U14 system. This looks like a perfect match and is the only thing Ive seen that can make those quick transitions from sticks to shoulder.

    Can you please shoot over a referral?
    thanks!
    -Yasir

  26. Yasir says:

    thanks Erik!

    i want to pull the trigger on this BS-T03 but the only thing i see is the “Portable QR Baseplate (only)”.

    It looks just like what you reviewed but i dont see a bottom view confirming VCT-U14 compatibility

    is the “Portable QR Baseplate (only)” what you ordered?

    thanks again,
    -Yasir

  27. Gabriel says:

    Hey Erik,

    Just saw your review as I’m currently looking for a great baseplate with shoulderpad / quick-release system for my AF100. Would it be possible to get a referral at this point for the Tilta website?

    Thanks a lot for your time and dedication. Good, helpful reviews like this one really helps make up one’s mind about products!

    Regards,
    Gabe

  28. Khachik Mkrtchyan says:

    Hey Eric, I would really appreciate a referral.

    • Erik Naso says:

      I sent you one.

      • Khachik Mkrtchyan says:

        Eric thank you so much! You saved me quite a bit of money because I thought cinegearpro is tilta official site and they sell original gear but they are just uk retailers. Thanks again and have a nice weekend!

  29. Jacob Schwarz says:

    I would like to buy the shoulder pad could you send me the link so that i can get one. Thanks.

  30. Jeff Schulz says:

    Very Very glad I found this. A referral would be much appreciated. Thank you for your informative reviews!

  31. Sam Chen says:

    Hi Eric,

    Would love a referral for the Tilta site, that baseplate looks like the go…… Great video….!!
    Cheers

  32. Tom Nicholson says:

    Thanks for a great review on what look to be a great piece of kit. You must be inundated with requests for referrals but if you have the chance I would greatly appreciate one. Many thanks and all the best.

  33. David Stewart says:

    Another UK AF101 user here. I know it’s late, but any chance of a referral?

    Love the video :)

    Many thanks,

    David

  34. J. Kamp says:

    Hi Erik…Another one who appreciates all your legwork. Please send me a referral, too. Nice camera work, too, btw.

  35. bill long says:

    Erik,

    I would like a contact to sell these products in Canada.
    Products look well made.

    regards

  36. John Desay says:

    Hey Erik,
    Great work! I think your review finally convinced me to purchase the Tilta handles to use with my RED Scarlet.Could i get a referral from you to purchase one?

    Thanks in advance,

    John Desay.

  37. Mark LaGanga says:

    is it possible to get a referral?

    thank you in advance
    Mark

  38. Rob Lieberman says:

    Hi Erik,
    Thanks for the video. Just saw Rick’s video with a link to you and I am impressed with this product. I know I am late to the game, but if you know of anyone with a referral I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you,
    Rob

  39. Ricardo Finley says:

    Please send link.

    Thank you

  40. Please send me link and/or referral. Thank you.

  41. Nicolas says:

    Thank you very much for your post.
    I’ve been trying to see closer what Tilta is doing and it really seems grate.
    Thanks a lot.

    Do please refer me to Tilta to enter on their online shop.
    Thanks again.

  42. Visakh says:

    HI many many thanks for your information ! please send me an invitation to buy one please i am trying hard to get an invitation, please if can send an invitation.

  43. Hitesh Makan says:

    Hi Erik,

    Great review, looks like the tilta is the base plate for me and will work perfectly with my c300 rig. If you still can would you send me a referral please?
    Thanks very much!

  44. Hitesh Makan says:

    Thanks for the referral. H

  45. Martin Kacvinsky says:

    Hi Erik,

    could you please send me a referall? I’d like to test few Tilta products. Thanks a lot, Martin

  46. Luuk Touw says:

    Hi Erik,

    Great review of Tilta base plate!
    Just what i’m looking for :)
    I would really love to buy it.
    Could you please help me to get access to the shop?
    Thanks in advance.

  47. Erik, thanks for taking the trouble to make your equipment reviews. I’d been looking at this product for a while now, but you were the first person who put it into context size wise. I had not realised how big it is! It’s not easy putting together a rig with high expectations of good usability, when buying sight unseen from the web, but I had enough confidence after watching your review to place an order.

    I’ve also looked at your TrusMT follow focus review. I am mainly buying for my XF300, because I need a means to mount my monitor and other accessories, but the benefits of a follow focus are obvious, and the TrusMT looks promising. I’ll have to try and find someone with the same setup on the forums to see how well they work together.

    You have also sold me on the idea of buying direct from China via eBay. Tilta and TrusMT products are a whole lot cheaper there than on the New Zealand auction site TradeMe.

    Thanks again.

  48. Claes Bratt says:

    Hi Erik,
    Great review! I’ve been looking for ways to turn a FS700 into an efficient handheld camera. The BS-T03 baseplate seems a good foundation to build a solid rig that’s not too unwieldy and draws as little attention as possible. If you’re still can, would you please send me a referral? In any event, thanks for the genuinely useful service your blog offers your colleagues.

  49. Mort Fotouhi says:

    Thanks for the review.

    Could you please send me a referral?

    Appreciate it!

  50. Hi Erik,

    Very helpful video. Thanks!

    If you have any referrals left, would you mind sending one my way? Thanks.

  51. Hi Eric,

    Brilliant review and the quality of the Tilta rig seems pretty impressive. Being a RED owner, it’s a beauty to have a system with all in for a resonable price. I would be greateful if you can send a referral for Tilta products as there is a real possibility of ordering a number of their products.

    Many thanks,
    Antonio

    • Erik Naso says:

      Thanks Antonio. I have heard of people using the baseplates with the Red camera. Hopefully Tilta will have their new line out soon. Enjoy!

  52. Leonhard Lindner says:

    Hi Erik,
    just saw your impressive review! Can you please tell me what`s your mount between the AF 101 and the DP4 EVF?
    Many thanks
    Leonhard

  53. Steve says:

    Hello Erik,

    Great review on the base plate. Your like the only one on youtube really giving a decent review on it. I am going to guy the base plate, FF, and the grip arm but was wondering if it is cheaper to purchase directly from Tilta or not. I hear you need a referral. Do you still have any referral give aways available so I can get my foot in the door. I was also curious as to how loose the follow focus is since it said in your review that it is designed more fore cine lenses. I am using Nikon Ais lenses which are quite smooth but not to loose so do you think this follow focus will be fine? Thanks again for your review.

    • Erik Naso says:

      Thanks. I’m glad I was able to help you. The Tilta Follow focus has a cool feature to increase the tension or dampening for different type of lenses, It’s heavy but well made. I think it work well for DSLR or cine lenses. I sent you a referral. :)

  54. spencer says:

    Tilta gear is very nice indeed, I bought mine at cinegearpro.com based in London.

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