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#1 camrin petramale

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 03:12 PM

Hey, I am new to posting on the forum and was hoping to get some professional opinions about the actioncam Zero-g arm. I have read the information available on the internet but I want to get some personal opinions about this arm and its functionality on set, as well as some comparisons to other arms in its price range.

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#2 Michael Wilson

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 09:53 AM

For me this was a great arm. It has no friction in it at all. It booms nicely but gets a little sloppy at the ends of travel. You have a lot of room before this happens though. For the price you can't beat it.

Let me know if you have any specific questions that I can answer.
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#3 camrin petramale

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 03:42 PM

Do you think you could elaborate a bit more on sloppy at the end of its travels. And as far as maintenance goes is this a style of arm that requires a lot of it since it has multiple springs? Lastly, how challenging is it to adjust the ride and lift?


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#4 Michael Wilson

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 05:50 PM

First off there is no ride feature. That is exclusive to the tiffen g series arms. You can only adjust the tension of the springs for load or lift. You adjust the lift by turning a knob on each section of the arm. Its tool less but not terribly easy to adjust. A minor annoyance though. I usually had my AC help me because it takes a lot of turns of the knobs sometimes.

From my experience with the arm it booms nicely until you hit the end of travel at which point it locks up. You can see in this video at :48 how the arm flops around when extended all the way. I would just not go that low or high with it because that kind of movement would show up in the camera.

I had the 11-44lb spring package and never touched, serviced or opened up the arm. It never failed or acted funny on me. One thing that is tricky is flipping the socket block to go to the regular operating side. They have a tool for this but it still took quite some time.

I'm pretty sure I would choose this arm over any other arm besides the PRO arm. Probably. It got the job done and has no friction. Also unlike the 3a style arms it reacts pretty much the same with lighter loads.

This has been my experience with the arm and you should experience the arm for yourself and come up with your own judgment. Its a very personal thing and maybe I just got used to this arm over the two years I worked with it. Its a great arm though.
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