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#1 Alan G Kelly

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 02:00 AM

Hi all,

Just got my Nexus gimbal back today from MK-V to service an issue with a sticking gimbal sleeve. That problem is fixed but now when panning the gimbal and/or the bearings make excessive noise. I'm talking noise akin to a rub sound but it's loud enough that it could be heard over dialogue. As well I feel more friction via tactile feedback through the grip and the friction seems to increase to what I'll call the worst and back down to it's normal over an area likened to say 30-50 degrees over the expanse of a 360 degree pan. I know they worked on the gimbal as I can see fresh lubricant.

This is just me spinning a naked center post section and gimbal with no weight on it as I have not yet rebuild the sled but I have to asume that this is bad as the gimbal felt smoother and was much quieter before. Just not sure if the weight factor had anything to do with it. Should I be under the impression that a perfect gimbal would be near silent when whip panning?

Bear with as I am a novice operator still learning he ropes.

Any thoughts or impressions on what would cause the gimbal to sound/feel this way especially when it's fresh out of the shop?

Thanks guys

-Big Al
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#2 Alan Rencher

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 08:54 AM

It sounds to me like there are particles in the bearings. If the bearings aren't sealed, you may be able to clean them yourself, but if you don't have experience with that kind of thing then you should send it out for service.
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#3 David M. Aronson

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:06 AM

I literally just had that exact same issue with my master series gimbal! You need to adjust the two screws on the side of the gimbal, where it attaches to the yoke. They're probably covered by caps, but if you take those off and fiddle with the screws a bit, it should fix your problem. You'll need to balance the gimbal once you fix the friction.
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#4 Richard James Lewis

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 10:21 AM

Don't touch the gimbal.

David with all due respect I'm not sure how helpful "fiddle with the screws a bit" really is, especially with a gimbal design that you are not familiar with. Sometimes its better not to say anything, unless you are really sure.

Alan tell mk-v the problem and then send it back.

Very best,

Rick.





I literally just had that exact same issue with my master series gimbal! You need to adjust the two screws on the side of the gimbal, where it attaches to the yoke. They're probably covered by caps, but if you take those off and fiddle with the screws a bit, it should fix your problem. You'll need to balance the gimbal once you fix the friction.


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#5 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 12:06 PM

I literally just had that exact same issue with my master series gimbal! You need to adjust the two screws on the side of the gimbal, where it attaches to the yoke. They're probably covered by caps, but if you take those off and fiddle with the screws a bit, it should fix your problem. You'll need to balance the gimbal once you fix the friction.



David, Tiffen gimbals are VERY different in design than PRO, XCS or mk-v

Unless you know what you are doing in your gimbal, don't take it apart
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#6 Alan G Kelly

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 05:09 PM

Thanks everyone for the input. MK-V is aware so we'll see what happens from here out.

Edited by Alan G Kelly, 28 April 2012 - 05:09 PM.

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