Why not a GII?
Posted 13 April 2005 - 06:13 AM
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Here some serious Panavision Gold II issues.
Posted 13 April 2005 - 10:24 AM
Posted 30 May 2005 - 09:34 PM
I was forced to fly one on a job once. It felt like I was shooting with a Volkswagen Beetle on my arm.
The identical part broke at a Rockport Workshop on my arm, about 13 years ago. -shrug- It may have just been "it's time". How old was that arm when this happened?
Posted 30 May 2005 - 11:00 PM
It's the last time I'll fly one.
Low mode was fun.
My WK-TD vest really saved my back! Very good purchase!
This camera is EVIL heavy!
Posted 31 May 2005 - 08:25 AM
So after all the eyblinking and looking over, I just said "Frruck it!" Got into it and it hurt like the first time. Went to set and that's where shit hit the wall. It was not steady, it was assisted handheld. The DP who fortunately for me, was a prior associate and really understanding, kept asking me if I could be more fluid. I said I'd try. Un-fucking-wieldly!! I did the best I could and we broke to change setups. Got on the phone with a buddy of mine and he told me I was fucked. I agreed.
Went back inside and moments later, my physical arm started to go numb. I hung it up and pulled the DP and AD and told them I was in pain. The Prod. Cord. who was a friend of mine was asking me if I was ok, and I said no. The AD who I worked with b4 asked if there was a difference in weight between the G2 and the Moviecam SL and I said... With that, I ended up with a very bruised ego and spazzing forearm. As a consolation, I got a premium burger for my attempts.
Very apprehensive to another experience, but like everything, I'll try anything twice. Once to hate it, and another to make sure I hate it. I'm Lucky I didn't end up in surgery.
P.S. For the other newbies reading this, this is an exact example why we should always go to camera preps at the rental house if working with a camera for the first time.
Posted 31 May 2005 - 12:43 PM
Posted 31 May 2005 - 12:55 PM
Over the years I've had the opportunity (as well as the ocd) to weigh many of the cameras we fly. What I've found is that the "light weight " cameras we always want are not really that light, and the "heavy ones" we fly are not that much heavier, but most often cross the dreaded 35lb line into a world of pain.
The conversion kit, with the lw dove-tail adaptor, 400ft film, 2 steadicam camera plates, cables, matte box, 1 preston motor and Jerry Hill's motor mounting bracket, weighs a whopping 33 lbs. Add a lw zoom, at 2.5 lbs, and it's not too bad at 35.5 lbs (I know those zooms are crap, but if you're shooting tv...come on). Things start to get a bit nutty when using primos -- a50mm, for example, would add 3.5 lbs to the above "do-able" example and make the camera a not so do-able 39 lbs. Add a pana-tape (1.5 lbs) and all of a sudden you're aproaching 42lbs (this configuration is what blew my 3A arm up 4 years ago. One of the springs shot through the arm cover, luckily my elbow was there to stop it!).
I can't imagine the weight of this camera unconverted, with a full size matte box and dovetail/plate. Must be in the ballpark of 50 lbs (plus the sled would be around 72 lbs).
To put it in perspective, I recently did Grey's Anatomy, so we were shooting in hospitals all the time (ie - near many an acurate scale). I simply removed the LW2 from the rig and weighd it; I was suprised to find with the same aks as above + the addition of the pana-tape and 50mm primo it was 35 lbs. It was a 3 perf LW, which I'm told adds a pound, so I can only assume a "normal" LW with the above aks + 50mm would be 34lbs.
Good god I've written way too much. Sorry if I bored you.
Posted 31 May 2005 - 02:57 PM
Thanks for the post - very interesting. Always wished I had a scale handy for the Panavised F-900. Anyone know what this pig weighs?
Posted 01 June 2005 - 12:29 AM
last time I flew a panavised 900 it was 30 lbs -- the camera (no viewfinder), 6 - 27 zm, clip-on matte box, low mode bracket, 2 camera plates (pro) and the sony dove-tail, 1 preston motor, miranda converter, hytron.
the 901 back is just over 3 lbs.
It was much lighter than I thought it would be, but pretty long and really power hungry.