The Klassen SlingShot is the most effective and liberating camera operating tool I’ve come across in two decades. Its simplicity, robustness, and versatility of design allows me to achieve handheld-looking shots at any camera height, for any duration, with a fraction of the physical duress of traditional handheld. Over the past three years, it has become my secret weapon against bulky large-format cameras, long takes, and today’s aggressive, improvisational film-making styles. If I can DESIGN the shot with a director’s finder or iPhone, I can EXECUTE it identically with a 40 lb. camera - thanks to my SlingShot. The added benefit of attaching a gimbal is a great companion when the steadicam or technocrane don’t fit the bill. I’ve been using the Klassen Flex vest with my Steadicam for nearly a decade - and the ability to mount the SlingShot onto the same vest (in less than a minute) is fantastic. The SlingShot has added immense flexibility and creativity to my camera work, as well as years of longevity to my career. I simply won’t go anywhere without it. Period. Incidentally, every single “hand-held” shot that I operated on in Avengers Infinity War, Captain Marvel, Avengers Endgame, Jumanji 2, Joker, and Fast and Furious 9 is done with my SlingShot. It’s a really fantastic tool. Thanks to your whole team for making it.
Steadicam Operator, Film Director
We're shooting on a major TV mini-series this summer for about 3 months with some heavy camera packages on MoVI M15's. There is pretty much no way we could do this without using the Klassen SlingShot to support all that weight for 12 hours a day, 5 days a week. We've got 3 SlingShots on set and they're all in use pretty much constantly.
Cinematographer, DP, MoVI Operator
The SlingShot Vest arrived today and my first impression is – WOW. I am blown away by the comfort and support, the beautiful craftsmanship, and the subtle innovations that really set it apart from the EasyRig vests. For now I'll be using it with a Vario 5 and the combo works great.”