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#1 GerardSava



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Posted 20 January 2014 - 12:34 PM

Selling my Tiffen Ultra Steadicam with lots of bits and pieces.

This rig has served me very well since 2001 and according to Dan Ikeda at Tiffen, it is probably the most updated of the generation 1 Ultras. The battery system has been upgraded to the idx v-mount style and everything works well.

Full disclosure, this rig was dropped while in low mode last summer and some damage was sustained.

The camera and lens took the majority of the impact but the nose of the top stage was bent slightly downwards. the base of the rig hit the ends of the carbon rods and they seem fine.

As it was part of an insurance claim, I had the rig sent to Tiffen for a full disassembly and inspection. They looked over everything, saw only what I saw (the bent nose) and sent it back to me. I powered it up, everything works fine except for the side to side motors in the top stage. They are stuck but I think I can fix it.

I have the original Green screen monitor for it as well but haven't used it in years since getting my Transvideo monitor.  The CRT was banged up a few years ago, the screen has a crack in it and the magnets on the tube need realigning a circle on the monitor appears slightly ovoid.


I have always taken very good care of this rig and I think its cosmetic and mechanical state speak to that, but it was used.  A lot.


I am happy to discuss at length any questions  about the rig, I know there might be trepidation about this but having spent a long time with it since getting it back fro Tiffen, I think it could serve someone very well.


If you are in the market for a very affordable rig that can support and power the biggest cinema cameras and lenses, this could be it.

For piece of mind, I could ship the rig to Tiffen for another inspection if the buyer was interested.


Elsewhere on this forum I am selling an excellent, very clean Tiffen Ultra Arm with 4 posts and a new socket.

Could be a match made in heaven (or Burbank)



Included with the sled are:

lots of spare parts,

CRT monitor with 2 cables

yoke for Transvideo 6" monitor

yoke for any monitor with a 1/4-20 screw mount.

3 camera plates, 2 long, 1 short

Antler dovetail mount ( I used this for mounting a Codex Raw Recorder to the bottom of the sled)

IDx and Tiffen 24volt battery  mounts.

6 Tiffen 24volt batteries (recelled by Emory Soos at Lentequip) with 2 PAG chargers in a hard case.



All offers considered.

Happy to ship internationally at buyers cost.


Gerard Sava



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#2 GerardSava



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 09:59 AM

Power Cables available with the sled include:

2  x  12v XLR right angles

1  x  12v XLR straight 

1  x  24v XLR straight ( no idea what that was for)

1  x  24v small lemo (PV XL power?)



I said that a Tiffen 24volt battery plate was included, but after searching all morning, I can't find it. Sorry.

The 24volt batteries and chargers are available but you would need the plate from Tiffen to use them.




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#3 GerardSava



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 10:01 AM

Asking $8000.00 each for arm and sled.

$14,000.00 for the lot.

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#4 GerardSava



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 11:00 AM

Found the battery plate. Right in the clever spot I put it so that I'd never spend an entire morning looking.  Hmm.

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 11:52 AM


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