So today begins the earnest search for a new Steadicam. After 12 years with my Ultra 1 and fabulous service from Dan and Derek at Tiffen, I think It's time. I had a good talk with Greg Bubb about his beautiful machine and have always loved the military simplicity of the PRO, MK-V's simplicity and local productions are enticing and with a week of whip pans and running around with an AR just past and a 3D project looming, a bigger post seems inevitable.
To be fair to all the manufacturers, I imagine life without a tilting top stage is possible but painful. Two weeks of whip pans and running in low, low-mode make me cringe imagining what those batteries are doing around my head on a rig with no tilting ability. So herein lies the struggle.
Can I get an Ultra without so much Ultra above the gimbal?
How do you balance an Ultimate when the CineTape is switching sides every three minutes?
And, what am I getting from the Ultimate LEH that I'd miss with PRO or MK-V?
Has anyone figured a way to angle the batteries an an Ultimate?
Can a DB3 or Betz unit replace the top stage on an Ultimate? Should it?
Modularity claims aside, the boys at Tiffen have been fantastic for me every time I've needed them.
That has to count for something. And it's got a tilt stage. Amazing how much wobble can be eliminated with a few clothespins jammed in the top stage.
Love to hear from anyone about the machines.