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#1 RobVanGelder

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Posted 24 September 2004 - 09:46 PM

I have reworked my old III system into something more versitile:

Low-weight, extendable post, 12,24 volts, 1,2 or 3 batteries, frameline, several video outputs with amplifier, possibility for recorder on-board.

Here it is shown with my new practice cage/ DV-cam cage, which has approx. the same weight as an SR3.

Next week I will practice some running with it, something I am always hesitant to do with my (heavy) Master.
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#2 JakePollock

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Posted 24 September 2004 - 11:14 PM

nice lookin' rig rob. dig the new dv cage; much sexier than your old concrete block of doom. so how is the work out there in thailand? enough for your to need a second running rig i hope.

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Posted 24 September 2004 - 11:23 PM

looks like it would take two frezzi batteries? What does it weigh?
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#4 RobVanGelder

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Posted 25 September 2004 - 01:59 AM

TJ, next week I will put it on a scale.
The battery-mounts are from Aspen, with the V-lock from the Sony batteries.
It is mounted on bars and support clamps, originally from Vocas matte-boxes, but these clamps can be used for all kinds of things.

Jake, unfortunally this rig has nothing to do with the amount of work here :(
But I had this always, as my second/backup rig.

However, just lately I had to do a shooting that really needed a much lighter rig. With what I had, I could not do it in the given time (= 4minutes - 1 35mm roll) because of the location and the speed of the movements.
And I am sure that my condition isgood, right now.
That made me think about converting the old rig.

The Master I have is very good for nice and precise moves, but on high speed action I find it too heavy.
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Posted 04 October 2004 - 11:04 PM

I am looking for a part number or manufacturer of the 'plastic' 10pin male connector which connects the main sled electronics to the j-box on a model IIIa. I have searched the archives but unfortunately come short of any helpful results. Checked old CP documents and it is just noted as the 'plastic' connector.

Secondly, does anyone know the pin out configuration on the same connector.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers.
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#6 RobVanGelder

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Posted 05 October 2004 - 12:49 AM

try a website as farnell on one: www.farnell.com

these connectors come in some shapes, also in metal which could give less interference.
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Posted 05 May 2005 - 04:06 AM

:huh: I have a 3a rig and it performs well , very well in fact but i am wanting to upgrade , short of buying a new one , i have been very interested in the MKV but have only seen them on the internet , i like the way they look , i am a steadicam fan but the one thing i have noticed with the new generation steadicam is its lack of distributed weight , my 3a is a bit of a block downstairs but that seems to be at times its saving grace, but i am a little tired of the add ons i have tacked on
ie extra batterries etc , so what is the MKV like , is the hummingbird the way to go , I like the greenscreen but the 3a picture sure is tiny some days, my 3a arm is newly resprung and works a treat ,anyway any info much appreciated , :unsure:
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Posted 05 May 2005 - 12:22 PM

Hi Cameron

thank you for the interest - where are you based? - I am in LA at the moment and you are very welcome to come and try the kit for yourslef - I will also be in CT from May 15th for 10 days if that is better for you. - if you are in Europe then please contact the UK office info@mk-v.com - for a demo.

Some of the other guys should be able to help you with this thread - Stephen Murphy would also be good to talk to as he had a Mk3 upgraded.

If anyone else is interested in seeing the Lite, Nexus or AR please let me know.

310-804-0973 or howard@mk-v-usa.com

Take care

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 05:01 PM

Hi Cameron

thank you for the interest - where are you based? - I am in LA at the moment and you are very welcome to come and try the kit for yourslef - I will also be in CT from May 15th for 10 days if that is better for you. - if you are in Europe then please contact the UK office info@mk-v.com - for a demo.

Some of the other guys should be able to help you with this thread - Stephen Murphy would also be good to talk to as he had a Mk3 upgraded.

If anyone else is interested in seeing the Lite, Nexus or AR please let me know.

310-804-0973 or howard@mk-v-usa.com

Take care

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#10 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 06 May 2005 - 06:47 AM

Hi Cameron,

As Howard originally mentioned i had a 3A sled rebuilt by him several years ago - i think there might still be a picture of it on his website somewhere.
I started off with a standard 3A sled. Howard replaced the jbox with a mkv jbox, gave me a pro post with up the post cabling, gave me a no tools mod for the gimbal, added a 12/24 volt convertor, cleaned up/serviced the monitor/electronics and gimbal and rebulit my vest. It was a great sled and very cost effective. A year or two later i then upgraded the sled even further to a mk-v evolution base system. lcd monitor, pagmounts and mk-v dbox. essentially keeping only the original gimbal and topstage.
MK-V offer a lot of great upgrades for 3A owners and if you're seriously considering modifying your 3A sled id highly recommend them.
hope this helps,
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Posted 06 May 2005 - 06:38 PM

Howard upgaded my 3A this past Fall and I've been extremely happy with the results. I essentially have a Nexus with the exception of a Pro post, 3A Gimbal and my Transvideo monitor which I'm coming very close to going ahead and upgrading.

I know what you mean about the 3A mass. I always liked that long slow cadillac feel. I kept the original 3A monitor arm (the Long one.) It might be psychological but I feel it gives it that 3A feel with the extra length for my little Transvideo. I'm sure however that when I upgrade to Howard's Hummingbird that his arm will balance very nicely with his monitor. After the 3A the MK-V electronics seem like a miracle of simplicity and reliability and I'm a big fan of the way the battery modules function.

Someone on the forum said it best when they commented that you could pick the thing up and beat off an attacker with it. It's very robust.

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 01:22 AM

Thankyou for your reply , more and more i thinkthis is the way to go

Hi Cameron,

As Howard originally mentioned i had a 3A sled rebuilt by him several years ago - i think there might still be a picture of it on his website somewhere.
I started off with a standard 3A sled. Howard replaced the jbox with a mkv jbox, gave me a pro post with up the post cabling, gave me a no tools mod for the gimbal, added a 12/24 volt convertor, cleaned up/serviced the monitor/electronics and gimbal and rebulit my vest. It was a great sled and very cost effective. A year or two later i then upgraded the sled even further to a mk-v evolution base system. lcd monitor, pagmounts and mk-v dbox. essentially keeping only the original gimbal and topstage.
MK-V offer a lot of great upgrades for 3A owners and if you're seriously considering modifying your 3A sled id highly recommend them.
hope this helps,

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#13 LaytonBurton

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 05:55 PM

Thankyou for your reply , more and more i thinkthis is the way to go

Hi Cameron,

As Howard originally mentioned i had a 3A sled rebuilt by him several years ago - i think there might still be a picture of it on his website somewhere.
I started off with a standard 3A sled. Howard replaced the jbox with a mkv jbox, gave me a pro post with up the post cabling, gave me a no tools mod for the gimbal, added a 12/24 volt convertor, cleaned up/serviced the monitor/electronics and gimbal and rebulit my vest. It was a great sled and very cost effective. A year or two later i then upgraded the sled even further to a mk-v evolution base system. lcd monitor, pagmounts and mk-v dbox. essentially keeping only the original gimbal and topstage.
MK-V offer a lot of great upgrades for 3A owners and if you're seriously considering modifying your 3A sled id highly recommend them.
hope this helps,

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#14 LaytonBurton

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 06:04 PM

:) Hey Cameron, I started with an MK-V/3a from Howard and it was the perfect starter rig for me. I've now gone on to an MK-V Evolution and have had great success with it. Howard and his staff are always just a call or email away and the service has always been top-notch! I couldn't recommend them or the gear any higher. Directors, DOP's and especially first assistants love the rig for its simplicity and flexibility, I love it because it's flown everything I've thrown at it...plus it looks great. Lemme know if you've got any other questions. Cheers, Layton Burton
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#15 Howard J Smith

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 05:16 PM

Hi Guys

Thank you for the feedback, your too kind.

Hi Cameron

If you are interested / would like a quote, please email me some photos of your sled, so I can see it.
I can then put a package together for you.
please email me - howard@mk-v-usa.com

Hope to speak to you soon
All the best
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