We had a shoot the other day that presented some interesting challenges...
We used our Zephyr rig and a Panasonic HPX-170 camera on a short film. We did this as a favor. They had no budget and mixed resources for the shoot. Pretty much a not ideal situation from start to finish, but we want our kit to have the resources to be able to handle these challenging situations, hence why I am seeking suggestions on how else to rig in this situation.
Since the camera is so light, we ordered some of Jan's weight plates. We got the 6.5 lb and the 11 lb version. We like the plates a lot and they helped in rigging for a nice heavy rig with such a light camera.
As a side note Jan's plates are VERY nice. If you fly smaller cameras, you should get them. She was great, shipped them out on short notice and really took care of us. We are going to test rig a 5D since we have them now.
The way we rigged the camera was as follows:
1. Zephyr plate to the bottom of the weight plate. This worked well, plenty of holes on the weight plate to get a few mounts to the plate. It was nice and solid.
2. We then had a Red Rock Micro low rise plate that was mounted to the weight plate.
This is were we had our first challenge. It required some longer screws to mount to the weight plate through the bottom Zephyr plate to the riser. We did not have long enough screws with us to mount from the bottom, so we mounted the plate from the top. It was solid, but just odd to mount from the top of the riser plate. I also think that even though it was solid. it wasn't as strongly mounted from the top. We will add some longer screws to our kit to be able to deal with this in the future.
3. The riser had 15mm rods that we needed to mount a Bartech receiver to with motor on the front of the rods.
4. We needed to mount a KiPro mini to the back of the rods as well as a cheese plate that held a power J Box and a Black Magic SDI to HDMI converter to mount the Paralinx transmitter.
This is were our challenges presented themselves.
1. We couldn't get the dog bone for the motor on because there was no space between the rods and the weight plate. We have longer rods that we could have used but it would have put it too far in front of the camera, but that would have done crazy balance things too. Bartech was scrapped.
2. We could mount the cheese plate and KiPro to the back of the rods but it took forever to pull the twist locks out and crank them down as there was no room to spin them between the rods and the weight plate. There was just enough room to shove the mounts for both pieces in. Really tight fit, but we made it work.
The weight plate against the bottom of the rig took away any space to mount or tighten screws.
What is the best tool to use between the weight plate and the camera plate to get some height between the rods and the weight plate? Is there a shim plate or spacer that won't add a ton of weight?
What other mounting plates or risers are out there that would allow for a higher platform for the rods to allow space between the rods and the weight plate?
Any ideas for better mounting of these stacked plates?
Any other suggestions are welcome as there is a lot of camera rigging experience in this forum.
Thank you in advance for your suggestions.