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#1 Carl Matthews

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 04:27 PM

Hi all, Please bear with me as I am new to all this,so you could say I'm very green.I operate a canon XL2 with upgraded veiwfinder also a canon XM2,I have just recently come to own a steadicam flyer LE and my question to the forum is,Is it possible to add more weight to the sled camera plate,If so how would this be done, or elswere to enable me to operate the XM2 on the flyer.I know the XL2 fully loaded will be ok but the XM2 comes in at 1.12kg + Battery.If I were to use the canon WD 58 wide angle lens this would add a little more weight but nothing substantial.I think the whole unit would weigh approx 3lb.Has anyone got any suggestions with adding weight to the sled or am I on a non winner??
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Posted 16 December 2010 - 04:42 PM

Carl,

If you do a Google search (or Forum search) for "Steadicam weight cage" or "Steadicam weight plate" you will find many helpful options. There are also many vendors currently making baseplate and rod set ups for DSLR cameras that are useful for bulking up smaller cameras on Steadicams and have the added benefit of having convenient mounting points for accessories. Try an internet search for "DSLR cage" or "DSLR baseplate".

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 04:46 PM

Hi all, Please bear with me as I am new to all this,so you could say I'm very green.I operate a canon XL2 with upgraded veiwfinder also a canon XM2,I have just recently come to own a steadicam flyer LE and my question to the forum is,Is it possible to add more weight to the sled camera plate,If so how would this be done, or elswere to enable me to operate the XM2 on the flyer.I know the XL2 fully loaded will be ok but the XM2 comes in at 1.12kg + Battery.If I were to use the canon WD 58 wide angle lens this would add a little more weight but nothing substantial.I think the whole unit would weigh approx 3lb.Has anyone got any suggestions with adding weight to the sled or am I on a non winner??


Hi Carl
There are several ways you could increase the weight on the top stage 1.A practice cage.2. A weight plate as shown below .
I use a weight plate on my Pro when shooting with a 5D and it works very well .
Good luck
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#4 Carl Matthews

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 05:18 PM

Hi all, Please bear with me as I am new to all this,so you could say I'm very green.I operate a canon XL2 with upgraded veiwfinder also a canon XM2,I have just recently come to own a steadicam flyer LE and my question to the forum is,Is it possible to add more weight to the sled camera plate,If so how would this be done, or elswere to enable me to operate the XM2 on the flyer.I know the XL2 fully loaded will be ok but the XM2 comes in at 1.12kg + Battery.If I were to use the canon WD 58 wide angle lens this would add a little more weight but nothing substantial.I think the whole unit would weigh approx 3lb.Has anyone got any suggestions with adding weight to the sled or am I on a non winner??


Hi Carl
There are several ways you could increase the weight on the top stage 1.A practice cage.2. A weight plate as shown below .
I use a weight plate on my Pro when shooting with a 5D and it works very well .
Good luck
Louis Puli

Thanks very much for your quick replies,could you please explain how the weight plate affixes to the sled? sorry for sounding stupid.
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Posted 16 December 2010 - 05:35 PM

Thanks very much for your quick replies,could you please explain how the weight plate affixes to the sled? sorry for sounding stupid.


The camera mounts to the weight plate the same way the camera mounts to anything, the 1/4 20 threaded hole on the bottom.

The weight plate mounts to the sled the same way the camera would, thought the weight plates tend to have multiple holes for more flexibility.
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Posted 16 December 2010 - 05:51 PM

Thanks very much for your quick replies,could you please explain how the weight plate affixes to the sled? sorry for sounding stupid.


The camera mounts to the weight plate the same way the camera mounts to anything, the 1/4 20 threaded hole on the bottom.

The weight plate mounts to the sled the same way the camera would, thought the weight plates tend to have multiple holes for more flexibility.

Thanks, any possibility of telling me were I can purchase one of these weight plates? or weight cages?
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#7 Brian Freesh

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 06:03 PM

Carl,

If you do a Google search (or Forum search) for "Steadicam weight cage" or "Steadicam weight plate" you will find many helpful options. There are also many vendors currently making baseplate and rod set ups for DSLR cameras that are useful for bulking up smaller cameras on Steadicams and have the added benefit of having convenient mounting points for accessories. Try an internet search for "DSLR cage" or "DSLR baseplate".

Carl


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#8 Andrew Stone

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 06:42 PM

Janice Arthur is a member here. She sells weight cages. She has a couple of recent posts with contact information as well as the different bits and pieces she sells.
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Posted 17 December 2010 - 08:33 AM

Hi all, Please bear with me as I am new to all this,so you could say I'm very green.I operate a canon XL2 with upgraded veiwfinder also a canon XM2,I have just recently come to own a steadicam flyer LE and my question to the forum is,Is it possible to add more weight to the sled camera plate,If so how would this be done, or elswere to enable me to operate the XM2 on the flyer.I know the XL2 fully loaded will be ok but the XM2 comes in at 1.12kg + Battery.If I were to use the canon WD 58 wide angle lens this would add a little more weight but nothing substantial.I think the whole unit would weigh approx 3lb.Has anyone got any suggestions with adding weight to the sled or am I on a non winner??


Get a weight cage from Janice Arthur. It has all the necessary threads tapped into it.

http://www.steadicam...h=1

Should work for you.
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