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#1 charlesneufeld

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 10:23 PM

Hey Guys,


I am looking to mod my Model 2 vest to have ratchets and fastex connectors on it... but before I pop out the old rivits and start chopping her up, does anyone have pointers or pictures of their completed vests to aid in my endevor???

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Let me know if you have done it with sucess... or not...

~C :)
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#2 Bryan Fowler

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 08:46 AM

Hi Charles,

I'm actually looking for the ratchet style buckles that are used on the newer vests.

I have an EFP, which uses mainly velrco. I'd like to make it fit a little better.

Have any idea where I can get some of those ratchety things?

Thanks
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#3 Imran Naqvi

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 10:10 AM

Hi Charles,

I'm actually looking for the ratchet style buckles that are used on the newer vests.

I have an EFP, which uses mainly velrco. I'd like to make it fit a little better.

Have any idea where I can get some of those ratchety things?

Thanks
Bryan

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Hey Bryan,

I'm doing the same but only with the lower part of my vest. You can get the buckles from steadicam direct.

I just got a pair from Optex here in the UK (Steadicam's agent) and a pair were less than £10 + VAT.
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#4 Bryan Fowler

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 10:20 AM

Sweet,

That's what I'll do.
Now that I've used an ultra vest, this one just doesn't seem to be the same. =)

I'll have to order some of those today, and post back the details from tiffen for the others to see what the new people have learned. *grin*
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#5 jay kilroy

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 05:29 PM

Sweet,

That's what I'll do.
Now that I've used an ultra vest, this one just doesn't seem to be the same. =)

I'll have to order some of those today, and post back the details from tiffen for the others to see what the new people have learned. *grin*

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You might also want to try climbing stores like EMS. Or Grainger or McMaster Car, they might be a little cheaper. Also changing the velcro will help keep everything tight. A little tip...If you have a Clobbler (shoe repair guy) they have great sewing machines that will go through the heavy fabric. Don't forget the cross back straps too. If you need any help Peter Abraham does excellent work and could help you out I'm sure.

jay

p.s. How are you guys Bryan and Imran? Hope all is well.
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#6 Bryan Fowler

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 02:07 PM

p.s. How are you guys Bryan and Imran?  Hope all is well.

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yep, all is well so far.

I'm practicing almost daily...walking the line on my front porch...making the neighbors stare. Tryin' to give myself away to someone just so I can add more to my reel. =)

BTW, the workshop was great. I'm looking forward to coming back to one in the future.

Check out some photos of the workshop.
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#7 Imran Naqvi

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Posted 10 June 2005 - 01:44 AM

Sweet,

That's what I'll do.
Now that I've used an ultra vest, this one just doesn't seem to be the same. =)

I'll have to order some of those today, and post back the details from tiffen for the others to see what the new people have learned. *grin*

<{POST_SNAPBACK}>


You might also want to try climbing stores like EMS. Or Grainger or McMaster Car, they might be a little cheaper. Also changing the velcro will help keep everything tight. A little tip...If you have a Clobbler (shoe repair guy) they have great sewing machines that will go through the heavy fabric. Don't forget the cross back straps too. If you need any help Peter Abraham does excellent work and could help you out I'm sure.

jay

p.s. How are you guys Bryan and Imran? Hope all is well.

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Good to hear from you. I'm doing good, but my EFP is in for some repair.

Long story short, don't design a shot running through a forest parallel to a pair of actors, then agree to go from 20mm to nearly 50mm (Canon video lens on a 750) because the director wants just head and shoulders. Especially if you have to pick your way though a couple of very low tree stumps.

Only damage was to my pride and the bottom of the rig got bent out of shape a little, but we still got 7 very useable seconds of the shot which looked good, and I got straight back up and we did it again at 20mm like I wanted in the first place.

Waiting to see which insurance company wins, so till that is sorted out I'm rig-less.

Hope you got the class pics as well as the pic of you doing the grand prix shot.
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#8 Charles King

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 05:25 PM

somone povid a direct link to the Optex Steadicam agent in london?
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#9 Imran Naqvi

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 06:15 AM

Optex went bust a few years ago and Robin Thwaites moved from them to Tiffen shortly after.

Some former Optex staff set up a company called Production Gear
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#10 Charles King

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 03:10 AM

Optex went bust a few years ago and Robin Thwaites moved from them to Tiffen shortly after.

Some former Optex staff set up a company called Production Gear


Thanks Imran. I will check the link out. BTW, how much do Tiffen sell the parts for?
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#11 Imran Naqvi

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 06:14 AM

I paid £10 for a pair, so next to nothing really, no idea of dollar value.
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#12 Charles King

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 08:38 AM

I paid £10 for a pair, so next to nothing really, no idea of dollar value.


I assume u got them from tiffen directly and not from optex at the time?
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#13 Imran Naqvi

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 01:12 PM

I paid £10 for a pair, so next to nothing really, no idea of dollar value.


I assume u got them from tiffen directly and not from optex at the time?


Yes, by the time I did the mod Optex had passed.
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#14 Charles King

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 05:20 PM

I paid £10 for a pair, so next to nothing really, no idea of dollar value.


I assume u got them from tiffen directly and not from optex at the time?


Yes, by the time I did the mod Optex had passed.


Ok thanks.
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