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#1 Kevin Andrews SOC

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 10:38 PM

Hi all. Just wanted to share my elation with picking up a complete EFP rig that looks like it's been in a time capsule since it's in such great shape. Apparently owned by the U.S. Navy and never used.

Updating it with Steadyrig and Mk-V parts.
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#2 Charles King

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 05:21 AM

Hi all. Just wanted to share my elation with picking up a complete EFP rig that looks like it's been in a time capsule since it's in such great shape. Apparently owned by the U.S. Navy and never used.

Updating it with Steadyrig and Mk-V parts.


Congrats Kevin. Now for a curious question. What in gods name was the navy doing with a steadicam rig?
Will u be modding the base and replacing the gimbal grip?
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Posted 08 July 2009 - 07:35 AM

Congrats Kevin. Now for a curious question. What in gods name was the navy doing with a steadicam rig?


Why mounting miniguns of course!
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#4 Kevin Andrews SOC

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 09:58 AM

Charles, yes I plan on doing the steadyrig battery base and eventually the gimbal and grip. Maybe pro for that.

According to the guy I bought the efp from, the Navy had purchased two EFP rigs new around 1990 for the purpose of attaining only the arms. They were supposedly trying to stabilize something on a ship using the two arms. Sounds sci-fi to me. Like that tv series someone posted here a while back where there were two pro arms holding a case in suspension.

It must not have worked because both rigs were sold without a scratch on them.


-Kevin "takes the cake for weirdest circumstances to buy a rig" Andrews
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#5 Sydney Seeber

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 11:25 AM

What in gods name was the navy doing with a steadicam rig?

All of the branches do make their own videos, Training, documentary, etc. and the DOD has two cable networks... What you would find at the typical basic cable network you will also find within the DOD. Merlins have even found their way into combat zones.
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#6 AdamKeith

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 09:20 PM

I took a workshop in Rockport Maine with Dan Kneece, Chuck and Travis Jackson and Peter Abraham, I think it was 1993. The Air Force sent a guy who attended the class with a EFP. All I remember about him is he wore sandles to class everyday and Peter wanted to crush his toes......

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 12:35 AM

-Kevin "takes the cake for weirdest circumstances to buy a rig" Andrews



That's kinda going a little far
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#8 Charles King

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 05:14 AM

I was unaware of the this guys. Thanks for the info. I just thought that steadicam was not such a big thing for the Navy or Defence organiztion in the first place but I guess I was wrong. Thanks for enlightening me. You learn something everyday. :) Keven the Steadirig is a good choice. I love the way the base looks. I would have loved the Steadirig base but unfortunately it is a little above my budget. Take some pics of the complete mod after its done. I have not seen an EFP mod with this conversion so it would nice to see the outcome.

Edited by Charles King, 09 July 2009 - 05:17 AM.

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#9 Kevin Andrews SOC

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 09:09 AM

-Kevin "takes the cake for weirdest circumstances to buy a rig" Andrews



That's kinda going a little far



Ha, you're probably right. Could be an interesting thread to find out where people find there gear.
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Posted 09 July 2009 - 11:06 AM

I was at Cinema Products in the mid 90's checking out an Elite (at the time I was flying a model 2 with a 1.5" centerpost/3A gimbal). They had just received a pristine, fully stock model 2 that looked like it had never been used at all -- from one of the armed forces. I remember looking at it and drooling...and the CP salesman of the time commenting what a pos it was. What a numbskull, he knew what I was flying. Went to Pro.

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#11 Amando Crespo

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 07:42 PM

at 90´s, EFP was my dream.... So expensive at this time, arround 60K € actually...
I had an old...oooold III-A for 18K €.... :rolleyes:
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#12 Mark Schlicher

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 08:02 PM

I was googling the other day and came across a recent Navy procurement bid request for a Steadicam Ultra rig. The document discussd how they used it to stabilize shots when filming from one craft to another, I believe.

I have a friend who works for the National Guard (he's a civilian but many of the folks he works with are active duty Army). They do a lot of recruitment/PR videos and they just took delivery on an Archer2.

You may also be aware that GB has teamed up with someone to market modified Steadicam arms to industry, to provide lift assistance to people who have to carry heavy loads or operate equipment at arms-length for extended periods of time.

-Kevin "takes the cake for weirdest circumstances to buy a rig" Andrews



That's kinda going a little far



Ha, you're probably right. Could be an interesting thread to find out where people find there gear.


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#13 Kevin Andrews SOC

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 11:08 PM

at 90´s, EFP was my dream.... So expensive at this time, arround 60K € actually...
I had an old...oooold III-A for 18K €.... :rolleyes:



And now your Ultra 2 is my dream! Want to trade? Haha
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#14 Jessica Lopez

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 02:28 AM

When I worked at Tiffen factory there was a ProVid we repaired for the Air Force in TX. The guys in TX actually new nothing about the rig.
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Posted 10 July 2009 - 04:24 AM

You may also be aware that GB has teamed up with someone to market modified Steadicam arms to industry, to provide lift assistance to people who have to carry heavy loads or operate equipment at arms-length for extended periods of time.

http://www.equipoisinc.com/
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