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#1 Buster Arrieta

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Posted 27 December 2004 - 04:03 PM

Master film -Vs- GPI/PRO or EFP UPgraded...?
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#2 Mik Cribben

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Posted 27 December 2004 - 10:41 PM

Spent months researching arms last year. Ended up buying a Baerbel. Very happy
with the arm and very very happy with the service. My old CP arm was bottoming out with some rigged out 35mm cameras, the Baerbel flies them with room to spare.

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#3 JamieSilverstein

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Posted 28 December 2004 - 09:43 AM

Mik points out a very valuable item regarding arms, service. Essential, and I know that the PRO is virtually indestructable so service for the others is of great concern.
secondly, the arm that you are used to and like to use is the best arm for you.
finally, the arm that you can afford that you like to use is the best arm for you.
I use a Masters arm. I have had it for 7 or 8 years, have had it serviced by Rob Luna once and bought it with a Masters rig that I have since sold. I like the Bar Bel and the PRO too but since I had the Masters and I was used to ISO elastic arms with no tools function, this was the best arm for me at the best price.
If I was doing light weight stuff (16mm, Beta) I might consider a 3A arm redone by those guys down under. So it also all depends on what market you work in and what camera you use on the arm as well.
I hope this helps.
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#4 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 28 December 2004 - 10:10 AM

This has come up over and over again. Jamie hits it right on the head. Try them all and buy what makes sense for you. Don't worry about what the "Jones" are flying.

I, too, use a Master/Ultra arm. I love the fact that it is effortless to move and is tooless. It is a work horse. Never think about it. Some have had issues with theirs locking up (see Will Arnot's article awhile back). This seems to be more common with the earlier versions; never been a problem for me.

I think the PRO arm is great too - a champion in adverse conditions. I personally found the Baer-Bel to be too stiff (too much friction), but at this point I'd hate to go back to a 3a arm as well. I know a few ops who still prefer the 3a arm over all others though, so again to each their own.
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#5 jorge agero

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Posted 31 December 2004 - 05:16 AM

HI ALEC

THE VEST ARM IS "THE PRO-ARM"=IS THE "FERRARI"
BAER-BEL=MERCEDES
3ACP=BMW
MASTER-ARM=FORD

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#6 Buster Arrieta

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Posted 31 December 2004 - 11:12 AM

Are you kidding?
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Posted 31 December 2004 - 09:15 PM

PRO arm is Da Bomb!

I have the silver spring arm from Rig Engineering and it rocks also.

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#8 JamieSilverstein

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Posted 02 January 2005 - 05:48 AM

Jorge and BJ amplify my point exactly. To each his own. To Jorge the Masters arm is a ford and the CP3A if a BMW, to BJ the Silver Spring arm is great.
If I had it to do over again, I would go to each and every friend or vendor and try out their arms with what ever sled I had at the time and decide which was best for me. Then I would determine whether I could afford that arm and go from there.
Finally once I had all that in place, I would ask myself if the arm and the cost of that arm reflected the type of work that I am doing and would it pay for itself through that work. If not, then I would think about modifying my appetite and go for something more moderate.
As I previously said, I own the Masters Arm, I like it and I have put it to good use on episodic and features. It doesn't work for everyone, but then again it doesn't have to. It only has to work for me.
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#9 Mikko Wilson

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Posted 02 January 2005 - 10:52 AM

It doesn't work for everyone, but then again it doesn't have to. It only has to work for me.


Nicely said... that goes for just about everything in my oppinion!

- Mikko
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#10 Matt Burton

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Posted 02 January 2005 - 11:14 AM

It doesn't work for everyone, but then again it doesn't have to. It only has to work for me.


Nicely said... that goes for just about everything in my oppinion!

- Mikko

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#11 luis castro

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 12:05 AM

in order to consider an arm, it must consider the materials whereupon this this fact, soon the amount of tools to use for its very important adjustment and as ferrari this fact to seat to a human being all cannot handle to but of 200 km

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