I recently did a daily on a feature in a very arid part of the Northern Cape in South Africa that was incredibly Hot and quite dusty.
I was given all of 10min with the camera (Millenium XL) and I had to hike my gear up the side of a mountain where we were gonna shoot.
I got to the top poped the camera onto my rig did a quick balance... but something just didnt feel great and in the rush of trying to do all of this under a minute because they were behind schedule It felt as if there was a gyro attached to my rig and the Gimbal was as stiff as a donkey.
My conclusion is that there must have been some dust that crept into the gymbal and jammed the bearing, but now im stuck everyone is ready to shoot and I have to man handle the rig, instead of letting the gimbal do the work. After 3 or 4 takes I had to tell the DP and he seemed uninterested.
How do I stop this from happening in future? I could make sure I cover the gimbal somehow or take it apart and clean it every-time but what a mission? What do you guys do in such a situation? Has it ever happened to you?
As soon as I swung over to Low Mode she behaved and there was a massive sigh of relief but since then I have cleaned her up and im just waiting for the day it happens again.