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#1 MichaelReedy

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 07:06 PM

Hi all,

I apologize in advance if this is a regular topic, I did search but found no specific topics. My question is simple but I've found the answer not so easy.  I know that the easy answer is 'everything', unfortunately not as realistic as I would wish.

Basically, when not rolling in piles of cash and having to choose a single (major) part to upgrade on ones rig, where should you start? I currently have a Steadicam 3a sled supported by a Glidecam Gold arm and vest.  

 

Vest, arm or sled?  Each part has an incredible influence on operating (skills aside) and I'm stuck scratching my balding head for where to start.

 

The better the vest will give more intimate control and more comfortable allowing you to operate longer.

The arm will help reduce simple things like bounce (once again not including operator skill) and improve a multitude of operating areas.

The sled.  More power options, upgraded gimbal, easier balancing, list goes on.

So there are real world benefits to any on the components.  I'd just love to hear opinions on which part you would/have chosen and why.

Thanks so much for taking the time to reply.

-Michael.
 


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#2 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 08:55 PM

Unless your vest is physically hurting you, go sled first. As much as the newer arms are extraordinary, a modern sled needs to power the cameras of today. The sled's monitor is your view into the world of the film. The top stage supports said camera and must not shimmer or shake. The center post supports all the above. And, alas, the gimbal may be the most important piece of the equation.
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#3 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 11:33 PM

Gimbal
arm
Monitor
Sled
Follow focus
Suit

That would be my order
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#4 James Puli

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:09 AM

For me it was about doing things as I could afford them and as I needed them.

Timing wise, it was what was available on the 2nd hand market. Though i didn't buy it all 2nd hand. 

 

My upgrades (in timeline order)  -  (had the same Pro DB2 since i got my first rig 6 years ago!) 

 

Arm - Steadyrig / 3a to Pro                 (year1)

Monitor - Boland to Nebtek                 (year2)

Gimbal - 3a / EFP to XCS                    (year3)  - brand new

Vest - 3a to Pro                                    (year3)

Monitor Bracket - 3a to XCS                (year4)

Sled - Steadyrig / Pro1 to ProHD         (year5)  - brand new

Focus System - Bartech to Preston     (year5)

 

The best part was I managed to do all the upgrades without going into debt! 


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#5 MichaelReedy

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 01:15 AM

Gentlemen, great information and thank you for the timely responses.  

I guess there's no particular order set in stone but your advice is very welcome and the years of experience certainly helps us newer guys.

 

Looks like I'm saving for a gimbal and go from there.

 

 

Love this forum!


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#6 James Puli

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 04:11 AM

Theres a GPI Pro gimbal on eBay at the moment.

 

It's actually owned by another Queensland Op, being sold by SteadyRig. 

 

If you want some off forum details, send me a PM!

 

JP


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