I got a e-z-cam mount from @OB
before I headed to Orlando this past week to ski with Jodi Fisher at Jodis Ski School
. I would have done an un-boxing video, but there was no box.@OB
made a slight modification the e-z-cam mount he gave me by cutting off a few inches at the bottom to make it easier to put on when there is a bimini. This also made it easier for the driver to pull it off the pylon as well.
I used the mount on a 2013 MasterCraft 197, which has the taller pylon, and because of this it tapers in a different place compared to the other pylons. This did not affect the performance of the mount that I could tell. The longer version of the mount may work better on the new MCs, but you could end up having to fight with your bimini. The e-z-cam is tapered so it is snug around the pylon. After doing the modification the mount lost some of its ability to snugly hold the pylon of the new MCs. Adding more taper higher up on the mount, or making the rope slot deeper would fix this issue for the new MCs when using the shorter mount.
I will say that the only issue I had while using the mount was that after shortening the rope it was a little bit of a pain to pull the extra rope around the front while trying to put the mount back over the pylon. A matching slot to the one in the front would help make the mount easier to use especially from the drivers seat.
I used my iPhone 5’s rear camera with no zoom on the front mount of the e-z-cam to film my skiing. The best way I have found to film skiing is to have some portion of the back of the boat visible in the video so you have a reference point to where you are. I should have zoomed in just a hair more though. The video on the iPhone 5 seemed to be very stable. The inside of the front squeeze mount is padded and absorbs some vibration as well. I had my Flip camera with me and I was going to use it on the screw mount, but I did not realize it did not have the threads in the bottom of the camera. I will review the top mount when I get a chance to get back on the water.
With any camera mount rope control is a major factor. If you are always taking slack hits out of the turn your video will be pretty shaky no matter what camera mount or camera you are using.
I would also like to try using the mount with a shock tube to see if it would help the tracking ability, especially with shorter line lengths and slack turns.The e-z-cam mount performed up to the standard I was expecting. It is a good way to film your skiing if you do not have a third person to ski with or don't want to rely on your ski partners shaky filming. The multiple mounting options allow for a greater range of devices to be used with this mount. This is a good solid camera mount that fits all the manufactures pylons. If you are looking for a new way to fim your skiing put the e-z-cam on your list of possible camera mounts.
The skiing in the video was my last set after skiing for 5 days in Orlando this past week, and my 7th set of the season/week so let's not talk about my skiing here. The last pass had the most slack in the line and the camera mount kept up with me behind the boat.
I should have cut to 32off on the last pass for the review, but I was about to jump in my car and head back to Atlanta so I wanted to end the week on a good note.
For more information visit http://e-z-cam.com
& to order in USA & Canada http://www.waterskiatlanta.com
You can read about @Horton
's Tracking Comparison of the Ski-Doc Camera Mount & Wakeye here.
NOTE: The numbers on the video do not represent an angle or anything other than a reference point