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#1 Brad Stuckel

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 01:22 AM

Hello to all,

This type of discussion has bee brought up at several occasions, and I apologize... but I am struggling (investment advice). Over the past year I have been operating a glidecam x10 rig, and I need to upgrade. I am at a point where I have been steady work and most definitely need a better rig to progress.

You, the members are my best resource and I would like to consult with you as to what path you would take in upgrading. I am looking to get the most out of my money... as in obtaining a well equipped system. I have seen numerous used rigs within my budget although I am not sure what price point the equipment should fall into. I am looking to find a good rig that supports + 25 lbs if possible.

I have experimented with various rigs and the past and like them all much better than my current rig. My favorites have been those which are out of my price range. This new rig will be my 2nd and definitely not my last rig. What would you do? New or used?

My budget is 20k. Any resources, positive suggestions or feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 01:26 AM

I apologize for the error in the topic. I should read "under 20k"

Edited by Brad Stuckel, 26 January 2010 - 01:27 AM.

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#3 Markus Rave

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 04:48 AM

I apologize for the error in the topic. I should read "under 20k"


You should be able to get a used Master for that kind of money. Also a BaerBel should go for that. I guess you must add a follow focus.
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#4 Nikolay Kerezov

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 05:40 AM

I belive that well upgraded model 3a,with "Luna" arm and second hand FF will be about 20K and is a great Kit ,even for non starter kit.
I've start this way and I've recently became a proud owner of IIIa again(witch I'm upgrading now)

My few cents!
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#5 Brad Stuckel

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 11:10 PM

Thanks for the reply!

I appreciate your input. I got a few replies and will be taking my time in finding a proper rig. Cant wait!
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#6 Brad Stuckel

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 11:26 PM

What input can you give me about this system?


The sled:
Master Series lower electronic housing with frame line generator.
PRO post and knurled wrap grip.
3A gimbal.
DeRose Donkey top stage.
Customed HD wriring.
7" LCD.
V-mount battery adapter.

3A arm serviced and modified by Robert Luna in August 2009 (new cables and bearings); ranges 13lbs to 53lbs.

Baer-bel vest; front mount; strong and very comfortable. (www.baer-bel.de)
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#7 Brad Stuckel

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 12:21 AM

Any input or opinion of actioncam products?
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#8 Sydney Seeber

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 01:29 AM

what about the batteries? That's gonna run a few grand. The monitor is a big deal as well. What kind is it? what about the Director's monitor? I'm sure you are aware of follow focus. A full sized rig isn't much use without one
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#9 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 02:24 PM

Any input or opinion of actioncam products?

The distance to the manufacturer makes getting service a pain.
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