Hmm, when I put 2 batteries on those plates that can sustain a reasonable package like the mentioned RED and a preston, 2 motors and a video transmitter I doubt very much if I can get dynamic balance with an LCD monitor on the other side....
Been there..... done that!
Just wanted to put a few things straight.
It's true that if you just add the batteries to the back with a full load on the top stage, you would struggle to dynamically balance the sled. That is why the 3rd battery mount is on a dovetail plate mounted under the bottom stage so that the mass of the battery can be moved significantly forwards of the post. The rig is also supplied with additional counterweights to mount on the 15mm bars of the monitor mount when a lightweight monitor is used, again to counter the problem of lightweight monitors.
I have seen an Ultra2 sled with lead filled tennis balls gaffer-taped to the monitor rods because the rig couldn't be dynamically balanced with an LCD monitor, so this is hardly new, or indeed limited to this sled. And as for the RED, yes it does balance on the rig. No, you cant build it up with the same accessories as you would on a full sized rig, but this isnt a full sized rig and has never claimed to be. Try putting that setup on the Flyer LE (which is supposedly RED capable...) and see where that gets you...
The minimum distance from the gimbal axis to the camera base is about 4 1/2 inches, which whilst not exactly world beating, isnt vastly different to an Archer or other similar sized sleds.
The FC14 sled is not a game changer, a massive leap forwards in high end gear, or even a competitor for a big rig, nor is it the best sled on the market. It isnt made of titanium or carbon fibre, it doesn't have a motorised top stage and it wont make you look slimmer in stretchy pants.
What it is however, is a very capable sled for the light-middleweight market currently occupied by the V25, X45, Flyer, Archer, Actioncam etc that offers a lot of flexibility and performance at a very sensible price. Is it likely to turn up on a feature? Probably not, but for promos, corporates, shorts etc where a lot of new operators start out, this rig does just fine.
The basic Archer2 is £15k+, the FC14 is £6.5k. Is there a difference? Yes of course (apart from the £8.5K...), and I would love to have a new Archer2, and especially the G50 arm, but my wife wont let me sell the kids, and most of the viral, corporate and promo work I do wont stand for a £1k daily rate to help me pay for it. When I need to, I hire in a bigger rig, but most of the time I just don't need to and I know that I am not the only one...