O'Connor 2575 front handle
Posted 24 July 2011 - 02:01 AM
Posted 24 July 2011 - 05:46 AM
Nick, I imagine you are already sold on the utility of the handle if you are looking for one but I've personally never seen one in use on sets other than ones I was on, so in an effort to inspire others to give it a try:
I endured a lot of teasing from AC's over the years (favorite title for it: "sissy bar") but to me it made absolute sense; we tend to rest our left hand on the side of the head where it is doing pretty much nothing while the right hand does all the work of operating. With a heavy lens (11 or 12 to 1, for instance), it's a lot of leverage and when one has to start or stop on a dime, there's plenty of inertia to manage. Using the front handle spreads the work between the hands and in my opinion, results in more accurate operating.
Naturally we all like to believe that our operating couldn't possibly be improved but sometimes it pays off to have an open mind about these things. Incidentally, before getting the official handle I used to "steal" the handle off the other head and mount it on the left rosette with the handle facing forward, which has a similar result although it requires you to sit further forward. It's a good way to audition the concept before committing to the right-angle handle.
Posted 24 July 2011 - 11:07 AM
Charles, are you sporting "mutton chops" in that avatar photo?
Posted 24 July 2011 - 11:47 AM
Posted 30 July 2011 - 05:57 PM
Just ordered mine from B&H here - http://www.bhphotovi...itialSearch=yes
Thanks for the feedback!