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A great use of the remote arm-handle thats lost when mounting the FS7 on a tripod. I can’t use the remote arm in its default position when I put the FS7 on a Miller Compass 25 Tripod head.

The next best thing was to re-engineer the remote arm to fit the tripod handle bush, this works a treat.


You need to drill an 8mm hole because the Miller bolt is about 6.5mm. A lot bigger than the Sony thread, but now for the good news: the Sony thread does screw onto the Manfrotto 405HD without any re-engineering.


My brother in law has all the tools to hand and drilled the 8mm hole for me, you also need some spacers as the Miller bolt only screws a certain distance.


This works a treat and gives you all the functionality of the remote handle at your fingertips, you could add the original Miller arm to the other bush to the left of the tripod head but you will need to order a spare bolt from Miller.


This is a stroke of genius and will be an asset for filming interviews with the Sony FS7. Please note this is not an alternative to the pan handle I will re-attach mine as soon as Miller send me a replacement handle bolt on the left hand side.

NOTE : This idea has been updated here



Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

2 thoughts on “Sony FS7 Remote arm-handle upgrade on a Miller Compass 25

  1. Hi Philip,

    Thanks for this post. Great lateral thinking.

    I was wondering how are you getting on with the viewfinder on this camera?

    HDW : VF is great you also get a 4x and 8x magnification, you can choose 4-8-0 or as I have done 4x only.

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