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#1 Jake Bulgarino

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 10:07 AM

Hey Everyone,

I am in the process of purchasing a New rig and have been looking at the archer.

I notice there is 3 different models; Archer 2, Archer 2 SE, & Archer 2s.

What are the major differences between all these models? The price varies greatly between them. Thanks for your time and is anyone Located in the DC / MD area?


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#2 Bryant Swanstrom

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 01:06 PM

http://www.steadicam...ison_chart.html

Looks like the main difference is the motorized stage option.
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#3 Thomas K. Jensen

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 01:45 PM

http://www.steadicam...ison_chart.html

Looks like the main difference is the motorized stage option.


The differences are
Archer 2 comes with the G-40 arm, and there are only few aks in the kit.

A2S and A2SE are almost identical.
G-50 arm, Motorized stage (S= fore/aft) (SE= side-side and fore/aft)
Lowmode kit
Stand

Archer 2SE also got:
Leather LX vest
Power Cubes IDX, and Charger

Thomas :-)
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#4 Brian Freesh

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:45 PM

I'm not sure the old differences apply anymore. Tiffen stopped making and selling G-40s a while ago.
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#5 Jake Bulgarino

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 06:57 PM

http://www.steadicam...ison_chart.html

Looks like the main difference is the motorized stage option.


The differences are
Archer 2 comes with the G-40 arm, and there are only few aks in the kit.

A2S and A2SE are almost identical.
G-50 arm, Motorized stage (S= fore/aft) (SE= side-side and fore/aft)
Lowmode kit
Stand

Archer 2SE also got:
Leather LX vest
Power Cubes IDX, and Charger

Thomas :-)



Hey thanks for your responses. According to tiffen all the Archers now come with the G-50 Arm. I dont think I am going to get a motortized stage. The extra cost is pretty significant. Does anyone have any experience using the motorized stage and see why is could be really handy?
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#6 Thomas K. Jensen

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 11:28 PM

The motorized stage is very handy, but you don't need it.
I use mine to balance the sled, holding the remote in one hand, and a cup of coffee in the other :) And sometimes i use the memory buttons, while shooting, to trim the balance if i for example need to shoot downwards and back again to normal. But you could just change the drop time to neutral and the sled is just as easy to operate.

If the A2 comes with a G50 arm now, I would go for that.
Later you can upgrade the monitor and the batts are less expencive to buy another place.
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#7 Jake Bulgarino

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 03:12 AM

The motorized stage is very handy, but you don't need it.
I use mine to balance the sled, holding the remote in one hand, and a cup of coffee in the other :) And sometimes i use the memory buttons, while shooting, to trim the balance if i for example need to shoot downwards and back again to normal. But you could just change the drop time to neutral and the sled is just as easy to operate.

If the A2 comes with a G50 arm now, I would go for that.
Later you can upgrade the monitor and the batts are less expencive to buy another place.



Hey Thomas,

Yea that sounds pretty awesome but I definitely need to cut costs where I can. I think out the gate I am going to have to go with the the Standard Def monitor. Working with beer money here.

Where is a good place to look for upgrading my monitor a little down the line.
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Posted 21 October 2011 - 04:47 AM

Hi Jake, all,

To avoid confusion......

All Archer 2 systems come with the G-50.

Archer 2 manual stage

Archer 2S stage motorised in fore and aft axis only

Archer 2SE stage motorised in both directions, leather vest, 2 batteries and a charger

Stage remote motors can be added later so at this stage you could use that money towards the HD monitor.

Robin
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#9 Jake Bulgarino

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 07:24 AM

Hi Jake, all,

To avoid confusion......

All Archer 2 systems come with the G-50.

Archer 2 manual stage

Archer 2S stage motorised in fore and aft axis only

Archer 2SE stage motorised in both directions, leather vest, 2 batteries and a charger

Stage remote motors can be added later so at this stage you could use that money towards the HD monitor.

Robin



Hey Robin,

Thanks for the clarity.

Best,
Jake
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