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#1 David James

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 03:43 PM

quick question. I've got a pilot on the way to get going but I'm wondering how you upgrade. Can you do it a piece at a time? i.e. find a better vest, then a better arm, then sled or is it best to change everything at once if you've saved enough? I like to own my gear and I've got almost everything but a pro steadicam costs a lot.

 

Cheers,

 

David 


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#2 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 04:53 PM

Hi and welcome to the world of Steadicam! The Pilot is a great system but it is not upgradable. The reason is that the parts are smaller than the standard of the big rig.
You could upgrade the vest to a Zephyr vest which is more comfortable and change your monitor, but the sled itself is a single block.
May I recommend you to look into attending to a workshop (Tiffen, SOA or any on the right side if the forum) it will allow you to avoid starting with a bad posture and injure your back as well as meeting other operators.
The pilot is a great choice for a first rig and when the time comes, you'll be know what you are looking for in a rig and will be able to make the right session.
In the mean time, fly safe and enjoy.
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#3 David James

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 05:37 PM

Thanks Victor,

 

There is a course in Vancouver in a few week that I'm looking into.

 

Cheers.


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