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#1 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 01:59 PM

I may have a job with an Epic and anamorphic lenses this week and I've never flown the Epic before. Anyone flown it with anamorphics yet? Any advice? I think it's a Panavision package, but I'm not 100% yet. Is there a cage? Is there a Preston run/stop?
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#2 Adam Eden

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 04:54 PM

The EPIC is a breeze, you just need all of the extra bits to make it work, but if you are getting it from Panavision then you won't have a problem.
You just need to offset the camera to the back as the epic is quite light and the lenses can be heavier than the camera.

I own an EPIC M and I also have the Arri light weight zoom 2, 15.5 -45mm short zoom. Its is perfect for the EPIC. I use the DSMC bottom plate to mount the camera to my sled. This system comes with a small cheese board that slides into the dovetail at the bottom of the DSMC plate. I use this to offset the camera as the centre point balance in this mode is about a third of the length of the lens.

I also have a "Brook willard view factor full metal jacket top plate" this adds a cheese plate for the whole top of the camera is is really essential when flying the epic as you can easily mount a sled plate for low mode, or other bits like monitor etc.

The only thing i don't have for my rig yet is a remote start stop for the epic as the connector is a micro lemo. I have the Arri wireless focus/iris/ zoom kit and that works well with the EPIC but i need to make a cord to adapt the remote red one cord for the epic for start/stop.

I think you will enjoy flying the EPIC, i know I do as the whole rig is lighter and you will have a lot more energy compared to flying a heavier camera.
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#3 Frederic Chamberland

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 10:31 AM

Preston has the epic on/off cable but it ends with a female bnc : you will need the Red breakout cable :
http://www.red.com/s...lemo-sync-cable
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#4 Frederic Chamberland

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 10:31 AM

Preston has the epic on/off cable but it ends with a female bnc : you will need the Red breakout cable :
http://www.red.com/s...lemo-sync-cable
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#5 Jessica Lopez

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 12:41 PM

I like to fly it fully loaded with all accessories and even a regular Mattebox on baseplate with 19mm rods. I want to weigh it down as much as possible or it's too light. Don't have power cable so I use the on board battery. There is a control deck that can be attached too. I have the manual here if you want a copy of file.

Fyi, No playback and no flipping image on onboard monitor if you felt like you wanted those features. I'm sure the guys at Panavision will give you a run through if you asked and had time.

Good luck on shoot B!
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#6 James Davis

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 06:35 PM

I like to fly it fully loaded with all accessories and even a regular Mattebox on baseplate with 19mm rods. I want to weigh it down as much as possible or it's too light. Don't have power cable so I use the on board battery. There is a control deck that can be attached too. I have the manual here if you want a copy of file.

Fyi, No playback and no flipping image on onboard monitor if you felt like you wanted those features. I'm sure the guys at Panavision will give you a run through if you asked and had time.

Good luck on shoot B!


Playback and 720p output via the SDI is now available in the new update, not sure if you have it in America yet but I imagine you would seeing as it came out over here recently, just make sure the camera you get has the latest firmware update if you need either of those things (don't we all?).
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#7 danny bishop

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 12:56 PM

Hey guys this is really interesting reading I was just about to start a post regarding this so I am happy I checked.

I have a Pro Sled and today our EPIC arrived and I was putting it together, my sled is being serviced but I was looking at today and I was really thinking it might be to light for the arm to work properly and for it not to feel floaty (I have a G70) I was thinking as well that I would have to fully load it, is this the general opinion that this is the best thing to do.??

thanks

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#8 RonBaldwin

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 01:45 PM

weighing down a super-light camera is standard procedure and has been for...uh...well, forever. You need a certain amount of mass for the sled and arm to handle "nicely". Just look at the dslr set-ups or even SR2/3's from waaaaay back. With a full sized rig, going below 25 lbs can cause adverse issues such as a springy arm, inertia-less sled, and a long happy life.
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