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#1 Anthony De Haast

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 11:28 AM

Hello

I am new to the world of Steadicam,i have my own small rig but this is presenting a challenge as i am loosing out on the 'Bigger Cam Jobs' all TV/Live/Multicam.

I am considering buying a used rig,what would i have to look out for with regards to condition and being 'up to date'.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated!

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#2 Alan Rencher

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 06:36 PM

Here is the answer everyone gets to this question:

Buy the Steadicam Operator's Manual

Take a workshop

Buy the EFP DVD

Use the search function on this
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 10:58 PM

Amen Alan
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Posted 03 June 2012 - 09:23 AM

Hello

I am new to the world of Steadicam,i have my own small rig but this is presenting a challenge as i am loosing out on the 'Bigger Cam Jobs' all TV/Live/Multicam.

I am considering buying a used rig,what would i have to look out for with regards to condition and being 'up to date'.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers
Anthony


i just bought i second hand ultra2 set from a fellow operator. when buying a used rig you should;

1- try and ask about the seller and his/her equipment in the community. this is a small community everyone is known by someone.

2- ask the seller how many production days did this equipment endured (especially the batteries)

3- ask detailled list of items ( cables, accesories, all the bits and pieces)

4- be sure the seller has the right to sell (original bill of sale, documents proving ownership)

5- ask the seller to send his equipment to the producer of said equipment (tiffen) and have it serviced/looked at. then confirm the status of the rig from producer.

6- ask detailled technical history of the rig (mine had a little problem with SD video wich has repaired before purchase)

7- CHECK IT YOURSELF

8- Ask around about custommer service of the producing firm (Tiffen vs. MKV)

other than that at some point you choose to trust the seller or not. i did and now i have a great rig and a good friend.
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#5 Anthony De Haast

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 06:55 AM

@Evrim Thank you for answering my question with helpful answers that make sense,i found it most valuable!


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Posted 07 August 2013 - 10:29 AM

you are welcome!


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