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#1 John Kopec

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 11:10 AM

Hello all,

I was wondering if anyone might have a lead on a potential simple/low-profile top stage without any electronics.  Essentially a dovetail + clamp with fore and aft fine tuning abilities.  Would love to find something ready-to-buy, rather then building one myself or taking apart an old sled. 

This would be for for something non-steadicam related, for another type of camera support.

 

Thanks in advance.


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#2 Tom Wills

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 11:27 AM

John,

 

A couple of options for you. If you want something really precise and small and light, that'll give you 2 axes of fine adjustment, a PRO DBII is probably the winner. It runs around $2550, and a dovetail will run you another $200ish.

http://www.gpiprosys...y-box-genII.php

 

If you don't need 2 axes, and are okay with not having the fine tuning, you can go much cheaper though. Perhaps something like Justin Browne's SOS plate would work for you at $250 plus the same $200 for a dovetail.

http://www.steadicam...showtopic=17150


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#3 John Kopec

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 11:54 AM

Thanks Tom.

I did see that, though was looking for something less "robust" and slightly cheaper.  At that price point I'd try making something first.


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#4 Frederic Sturm

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 03:24 PM

Hey John,

Don't know the weight range you need, but maybe you could ask Tiffen about the price of one of their lower weight model's topstages such as the pilot / scout / zephyr ... as a spare part - I could imagine that might fit your needs.

Or if you prefer something quick and dirty, yet rugged on a real tight budget, maybe a Manfrotto 357 Plate (or two, mounted at a 90* angle) might be something for you? No fine-tuning knobs, but adjustments are fast and depending on what you need exactly might be fine enough (or not =).
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#5 Michael Wilson

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 10:23 AM

I have an old 3a topstage for sale.  Haven't really gotten any bites on it.  I'd make you a good deal if interested.  


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#6 John Kopec

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 10:26 AM

Thanks Frederic, will touch base with Tiffen.

Michael, can you email me with what you'd like to get for it?

johnekopec@gmail.com

 

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#7 Marc R. Berger

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 04:36 AM

Hi John,

this is a robust, but cheaper solution: http://www.igus.eu/w...n_sht?C=DE&L=en

Just take two and mount the crosswise. It´s a big solution, finally not very low profile, but you said you don´t need it for steadycam reason.

Cheers,

Marc


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