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#1 Adam Eden

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 06:17 AM

I bumped into an online friend of mine today at SMPTE which is an industry trade show for our industry thats on at Darling Harbour/ Sydney/ Australia at the moment, and he shoots a lot of wildlife with very long zoom lenses.

I said to him, how do you hand hold a 1500-3000mm lens without motion blur from your hands... Do you have a kenlabs gyro??

He said...

NO I have 2 x 15000 RPM SCSI drives both in horizontal and vertical attached to my lens as a GYRO running off a 12volt IDX DTAP battery..

Cheapest GYRO ever as these drives are worth nothing now..


Has anyone here mounted this setup on the bottom of a STEADICAM sled yet?? If not I am going to try this as this sounds like a brilliant idea!!!

thoughts anyone?
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#2 thomas-english


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Posted 19 July 2011 - 08:59 AM

thats interesting! I dunno, how heavy is the fly wheel in a SCSI drive? I don't think they'll be strong/heavy enough to help on Steadicam.

Try it.. let us know!

There does seem to be a bit of google food on this. It won't be for proper cameras but definitely worth keeping in mind for those crazy rigs with si-2k s and the like/
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#3 Sydney Seeber

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 10:42 AM

Seems to me there isn't enough inertia/weight in the discs. I guess I'd have to see it, if he's using it and likes it there must be something to it. Semi-off/on topic, but gyros are about to get mind-numbingly cheap. I was given a setup to play around with and the whole thing is super light weight. I can't post any imagery, but it's got me a little worried to be honest. It's not related to Steadicam, but I think it could be adapted. When I say gyro, I'm talking electronic that reacts to movement, not the spinning disc stabilization kind. It's not a new concept, but there's massive weight and price reductions in this. It's right around the corner. Steadicam's still got a role to play as it eliminates vertical motion and the whip-pan is a bonus as well, but...
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