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#1 Nils Valkenborgh

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 07:10 AM


I thought this (very cheap and small) segway replacement could be a worthy back-up or alternative


It's only $1795 so there are drawbacks of course, the maximum weight capacity is only 250lbs so a big operator with a big rig wouldn't be possible (I only weigh 165lbs so the 3a arm and baer-bel sled that i'm considering buying wouldn't max the solowheel out I guess), the maximum speed however is 10mph so only 2,5mph shy of the segway's top speed.

stepping off doesn't really seem cumbersome, stepping on would require an assistant holding it I guess

Just a thought

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 08:26 AM

Oops, I thought I posted it in "Vehicles and Mounts"

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#3 Fabian Meller

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:29 AM

looks pretty wobbly to stand on with the steadicam, huh?
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#4 Pedro Guimaraes SOC

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:25 PM

definitely not a segway alternative....IMHO.

Looks very wobbly...the foot platforms are tiny and I don't see how you can get on it if your hands are busy with a steadicam and you have to bend over to hold it so you can step on it?

Also one of the biggest points about a segway is that you can hardmount your rig to it....obviously you can't do that here.....

either way....cool new invention but I wouldn't consider it for steadicam.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:28 PM

I am a big believer in using a doorway dolly or a western dolly. It comes in the grip truck and costs you nothing. Also hard mounting to a regular dolly works pretty great too. Does production pay extra for a segway? Do you get a good rental on that?
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#6 matthew pearce

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:06 PM

Ive been shooting on one of these for a couple of months.
No where near as stable as a segway but lighter/ cheaper and easier to transport.
I'm shooting long POV's for an industrial and it works surprisingly well but after 30 minutes my feet are numb.
They want 45 minute takes so I think we will end up on a segway ..... its what I recommended in the beginning but they wanted me to try this first so they bought it for me and I learnt it - much trickier than a segway due to the single wheel. Fun diversion but ultimately I dont think its going to work even for the limited requirements of this production.
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