Aero 30 vs Zephyr
Posted 08 February 2018 - 12:35 PM
New to the forum, and this may have been covered before but I had trouble finding it.
Can anyone describe the biggest differences between a Zephyr rig and an Aero 30 rig? It seems like they are very similar, with the exceptions of additional power options of additional power options of the Zephyr.
The price difference is very extreme, even on the used market.
As a beginner flying mostly FS7s and RED, would it be worth saving money starting on an Aero 30 or paying the extra money for a Zephyr rig?
Posted 08 February 2018 - 06:50 PM
Biggest Difference is the bottom having dual rods to fine tune monitor and battery placement for pan inertia, as well as the option for 2nd battery plate for 24v power. This is a good reason to consider getting a zephyr since used they are around the same price as a new A-30. Also the A-30 is all made overseas and the gimbal does not have the nice flush clamp style locking.
Posted 09 February 2018 - 09:43 AM
Francisco is right. Also, the Aero 30 may spec-out at 20 lb payload, but when you actually try to fly that weight, you will find your post needs to be fully-extended and it will vibrate. The Zephyr will vibrate also when the post is fully extended flying heavy loads. But with the Zephyrs extra battery plate option, you can add more weight to the bottom of the sled so you can shorten the post.
I've posted recently how I had mounted a two-into-one hot-swap battery plate to my Zephyr's add-on battery plate and flown the rig with two big V-Mounts (240 WH) on it. That allowed me to fully shorten the post when flying a Red One camera build with several add-ons and a 5-lb Cine Xenar lens. In one case, I actually mounted a Red hard drive to one side of the hot-swap plate to get more weight off the top stage and onto the bottom, and used a 6-ft drive cable bongo-tied to the post. It worked great; no vibration and my post was only extended about one inch.
For the same money (or less) as an Aero 30, you can get a used Zephyr that is much more flexible to configure. Not to mention, it's max payload is about 3 lbs higher. That 3 lbs doesn't sound like much, but it can make a big difference.
Posted 10 February 2018 - 06:33 PM
Thanks for the replies and insight, guys. All this makes a lot of sense, and definitely answers my questions as to why I've never heard of anyone using an Aero 30 outside of DSLRs (including their marketing).
The Zephyr sounds like a much better deal to get started on almost every front.