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#1 Colin Donahue

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 01:43 PM

I have an Archer, (first version) it is about 4 years old. A problem just came up in my shoot this morning.
I balanced the camera did the spin. Decent dyanamic balance, not great, but had to go with it. I noticed when I rechecked the drop time, the camera would not come back to level on the tilt axis. I would re adust to level, drop again, (3 second drop) and it would be tilted the other way. I rechecked it at least 20 times. I checked everything on the camera and sled see if something was moving but couldnt find a problem. After the shoot I stripped the camera bare and tried again, and same problem. Is this a gimbal problem? I have no ideal how to take apart the gimbal or examine it. I cannot even get the screws off that attached the yoke, they are on so tight. I have a call into Tiffen but I have not heard back. Anybody know what is up?

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#2 Brian Freesh

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 04:32 PM

Sounds familiar...

http://www.steadicam...showtopic=10154

http://www.steadicam...h...ic=9981&hl=

http://www.steadicam...?showtopic=9943


Michael Craigs isn't in today, so if your call is into him you may be waiting a while.

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#3 Colin Donahue

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 05:37 PM

Brian,
thanks for the links. I read some past posts, but did not see yours. After more investigation, I think I found the problem.
There is quite a large gap between the yoke handle and the gimbal.... at least 1/16 of an inch. The gimbal is sliding back and forth as the sled is tilted. I cant believe I did not notice this before. Here is a pic.

Colin

http://i719.photobuc.../gimbalyoke.png
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#4 Amando Crespo

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 05:42 PM

Brian,
thanks for the links. I read some past posts, but did not see yours. After more investigation, I think I found the problem.
There is quite a large gap between the yoke handle and the gimbal.... at least 1/16 of an inch. The gimbal is sliding back and forth as the sled is tilted. I cant believe I did not notice this before. Here is a pic.

Colin

http://i719.photobuc.../gimbalyoke.png

Hi dude. Try contact with Robin Twaites... Tiffen´s crew... Your problem with the gimbal is not normal, but the post sales of Tiffen rules right.
Good luck. If you need some help, be free to e-mail me.
Best regards
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#5 Colin Donahue

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 06:05 PM

Hi dude. Try contact with Robin Twaites... Tiffen´s crew... Your problem with the gimbal is not normal, but the post sales of Tiffen rules right.
Good luck. If you need some help, be free to e-mail me.
Best regards
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Amando, thanks. Is Robin in the US or Europe?. I am currently on location in Ohio for another week.

Colin
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