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#1 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 15 December 2004 - 03:30 PM

I've got a job on Friday with a Panaflex X. I've never heard of this camera before and am looking for any tips about the camera that will allow me to be properly prepared. Any mounting wierdness? Same power as other Panavision cameras? Run/Stop? Any tips are greatly appreciated.
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#2 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 15 December 2004 - 11:55 PM

An X is a gold with a fixed finder on the door.

It's a HEAVY Beast. Power and run are the same as a Gold Conversion kit or Platinum conversion kit (The BIG 3 pin Lemo)

It's not a fun camera to fly, Hope you have a a stout arm and your back is in good shape...

Oh and just say NO to running with it. It makes a BL4 look light....
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#3 Brant S. Fagan SOC

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Posted 16 December 2004 - 10:35 AM

Right on to all Eric said!

Plus, DO NOT even attempt to place this into low mode as your stage will separate from itself and possibly the post as this size load is just way, way beyond the specs of our gear.

Plan on lots of rest and think massage at lunch. Forget the happy ending, though...

Happy ending on this job means Steadicam is wrapped!

Best,

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#4 Matt Burton

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Posted 16 December 2004 - 07:26 PM

Right on to all Eric said!
  Forget the happy ending, though...

Happy ending on this job means Steadicam is wrapped!

Brant S. Fagan, SOC

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#5 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 17 December 2004 - 02:10 AM

Thanks for the info guys. That information varies greatly from what I heard from another operator. He said it was a lot like a lightweight but a bit heavier. Hmm, I guess I'll find out tommorrow. It's suppossed to be a half-day, which of course probably means 14-16 hours. If anyone hears a loud crack around Hollywood tommorrow it could be my back!
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#6 Richard W. Davis

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Posted 17 December 2004 - 09:04 AM

I think there is confusion as there is an X and also a "flying X" which was definately a bit lighter than the original( no fixed side viewfinder) Don't know if the "Flying X" still exists or if you are getting one. I haven't flown one for about ten years now, when a lightweight wasn't available. Still heavy though, but not quite as heavy as a Gold conversion(damn close though)...Never had to do Low mode but I think it did have low mode brackets available.

Good Luck,

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#7 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 18 December 2004 - 01:33 AM

Thanks again for all the info guys. I showed up for the job today to find a......LW II. Cool! I was happy. I'm still not sure what all the talk about the X was.....apparently that's what the producers paperwork said. Anyway, sure enough it was a 14 hour day. Three takes of one shot is all the steadicam I did all day. Of course, I operated the rest of the stuff too (unexpectedly) so at least I wasn't sitting around all day. The steadicam work was light, but the handheld with the GII was a nice work out. So the X worries were squashed, but I was prepared thanks to you guys.
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