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Difficulties purchasing just a sled.

sled stabilizer no vest and arm steadicam glidecam 10-25 lbs

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#1 Rebelj12a

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 08:49 PM

*edit* looks like im within the 30 day window. So, any suggestions for sled then with my rig taken into account?

 

Heres the issue, I purchased a Steadicam Merlin, however i forgot to take into account the mounting equipment I was planning on using with the mount. My fault, however now im trying to buy just a sled and its proving to be more difficult than i thought.

 

I have the vest and arm from the merlin, I just really need a heavier duty sled. I have my Canon 5d Mark III in a Redrock UltraCage with Ultracage Back. Definitely more than the weight limit of the merlin.

 

The Rig

-Ultracage

-Ultracage back

-microFollowFocus

-Side rail with acessory plate (for H4N Zoom

-Redrock Mattebox

-v-Mount battery for the back plate and power distribution through the Redrock Power Distributor

-Marshall V-LCD70MD

-Sennheiser shotgun microphone with blimp

 

All in all a fairly heavy rig even though I replaced the steel tubes on the mattebox with Carbon Fiber ones. Not much of a difference.

 

Is there any way to buy just the sled. I already have alot of my budget sunk into this rig and buying both a whole new vest and sled is just not feasible. However it seems most heavier supporting sleds are sold with an lcd and the arm/vest stabilizer set.

 

Ok so im looking for a sled/arm vest combo without LCD mount. XD

 

Just wondering if anyone here would know.

 

A few i looked at were.

 

Glidecam V-Series

Steadicam Pilot-AA or Zephyr

Varizoom Stabilizer


Edited by Rebelj12a, 28 June 2013 - 08:54 PM.

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#2 Rebelj12a

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 08:52 PM

It actually looks like it might be still within the 30 days return. That being said this post just got alot happier. So, for around 2500 or so anyone recommend a good sled/arm vest combo?


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#3 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 10:32 PM

Steadicam Pilot
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#4 Alan Rencher

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 12:45 AM

That setup is probably too heavy for a pilot. Try buying a used flyer.
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#5 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 10:25 AM

Possible, also the flyer is now replaced by the Zephyr. But he shouldn't need a v mount battery on the top with the steadicam. Also, for focus you will not need any manual follow focus. The only reasonable way to pull focus is a wireless system such as bartech (RedRock makes one, but I'm not a fan)
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#6 Alan Rencher

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 02:03 PM

The flyer le was rated at something like 18 lbs, so I think the scout is its logical replacement. I was thinking more in terms of cost; a used flyer will be cheaper.
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#7 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 05:17 PM

True.
Also, two things
OP still needs to change his screen name to his real name.
Also the reason you can't get the sled only is that those small sleds arms can't really be swapped. The Merlin arm will not work with a pilot, flyer or Zephyr.
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#8 Alan Rencher

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 05:21 PM

The Pilot and Merlin are the exception. The Pilot arm and vest are the exact arm and vest that you can buy separately for the Merlin... Although, I don't know if you can just buy a Pilot sled.


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