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#1 William Walsh

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:24 PM

Hey guys,

 

I'm a fairly newbie operator working on purchasing my first rig.  I only have experience using a G-50 arm right now, but the Luna arm looks intriguing...because it's made by the master himself and has a crazy high weight capacity.  What are the pros & cons of each, assuming they cost about the same? 

 

Thanks for your input

 


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#2 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:28 AM

I'd stay away from G-Series arms


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#3 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:13 PM

Steadyrig Silver Spring and Sachtler Artemis ACT2 are also to consider...


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#4 Evrim KAYA

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 01:21 PM

I only heard only good things about the Luna arm. But you might want to check also the new G-50X arm before deciding.


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#5 JensSchroeder

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 02:26 PM

When I started out with steadicam a nice colleague gave me the advice not to limit myself with a low capacity arm. I didn't follow that advice because of budget problems and immediately regretted that decision. Maybe you should keep in mind that you need a good load capacity if those big jobs are coming.
Plus I always have made very good experience with Robert Luna.
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#6 James Puli

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 05:40 PM

I second the Silver Spring arm. My first arm was Silver Spring and I loved it, until I could afford to upgrade. 

 

The technology behind the Silver Spring and Luna arms (Steadicam 3a arms essentially) has been around for 25-30 years, and very 

rarely these days does anyone ever have a problem with either arm. 

 

Both safe options, I'd try them both and see which one you like!


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#7 William Walsh

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:32 PM

Thanks everyone for your feedback!


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#8 GrantCulwell

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:59 PM

I've never had the pleasure of trying the Luna arm but I've flown the G-50 and G-50x and have had a great experience.


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#9 Dustin Heindl

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 02:57 AM

Will the arm you used on my steadicam was the G50X. Just for reference. I'm not sure what a normal G50 is like in comparison.

Sidenote - The G50 arm is up-gradable from Tiffen for a relatively inexpensive price.

Maybe someone can chime in on the price.


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#10 Lars Erik

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 04:35 AM

It was $1,000. But not sure what it's now. I imagine it's in that ballpark somewhere.

 

I did mine, and the arm performs better.


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#11 JobScholtze

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 03:37 PM

My old Glidecam Gold arm preformed way better that my G50. Sorry, but thats how i feel about it. The arm was stiff. Even stiffer than the G70 i have owned too.

Did you check out the new pro arm? Great stuff, cant go wrongwith pro


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#12 Nils Valkenborgh

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 04:34 AM

I flew both recently to compare them. I own a Luna arm (Jens Schroeder's old one) so of course I'm biased. Weight capacity wise the Luna wins hands down, operating wise the G50x has a little bit more boom range and is easier to reconfigure for different weight setups (and it looks prettier). I'd say right now, comparing price and quality, go for a well serviced Luna.


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