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Posted 31 August 2010 - 07:02 PM

I got a chance to try one out at a demo in my area that was showing the Steadicam/Segway combo, and I just think they are the neatest thing! It almost creates a stable trackless dolly.

Since joining this forum I was surprised I haven't seen any mention of them, so I thought I'd ask.

Feel free to share any stories.

Edited by Alexander Kolb, 31 August 2010 - 07:02 PM.

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#2 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 08:50 PM

Alexander,

I own both a Steadicam and a Segway. I have never bothered to convert my Segway into a HnadsFree. This is in part because I have the first generation which would require you to steer via foot pedals - a major pain in the ass IMHO. (The second generation can be modified very easily to steer with your knees and is much easier to control). This aside, the biggest problem is that Steadicam frequently requires you to track backwards and Segways are not good at this. This forces you into Don Juan (shooting over your shoulder - I gather you have not taken a workshop from your other postings which I recommend you do IMMEDIATELY) which is no fun at all. In short, I think Segways are great for live events like parades, etc but for dramatic work with resources, I'd just assume opt for a solution that involves my grip brothers (i.e. hardmounted to a dolly, a golf car, etc).
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Posted 31 August 2010 - 10:15 PM

Since joining this forum I was surprised I haven't seen any mention of them, so I thought I'd ask.

Search! There is a huge thread involving an accident and the concerns of operator responsibility from the anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down.
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#4 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 10:49 PM

I got a chance to try one out at a demo in my area that was showing the Steadicam/Segway combo, and I just think they are the neatest thing! It almost creates a stable trackless dolly.

Since joining this forum I was surprised I haven't seen any mention of them, so I thought I'd ask.

Feel free to share any stories.



Appreciate the enthusiasm but you might try the search function.
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#5 chris fawcett

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 07:34 AM

I take mine to almost every gig. There's some info about them on my website if you are interested.

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#6 Tomas Riuka

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 01:13 PM

i also work with handsfree segway. i have to say it's challenging, must be very careful when driving not to hit any holes, objects on your way and keep watching at monitor at the same time...
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Posted 01 September 2010 - 04:21 PM

I use it with the handsfree, wich gives me more precies control. Don juan, i do them all the time. Recently did a running girl on a 85mm in don juan. Could be me, but hardmounted it was easyer for me then softmounted.

Btw, i love my segway
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#8 Tomas Riuka

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 04:44 PM

I use it with the handsfree, wich gives me more precies control. Don juan, i do them all the time. Recently did a running girl on a 85mm in don juan. Could be me, but hardmounted it was easyer for me then softmounted.

Btw, i love my segway


agree to both :) hardmount somewhat easier, and i enjoy riding segway in general :)
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#9 Jason Torbitt

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 01:20 PM

I have operated with both pedal and leansteer versions and it's great fun. A constant surprise is the small intricate moves and pushes possible...as well as the long, fast paced shots.
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