I got a shooting coming up in 5 days with the Alexa XT, it's my first time to fly an Alexa XT on my zephyr and I'm a bit worried. I will receive the 2nd battery hanger, the steady-Alexa plate and the 24V cable in a couple of days.
The setup will include the camera, an Arri Master Prime Lens and a bartech wireless follow focus.
Anyone has a previous experience with this cam on this rig? Will I be able to fly it in Low mode (hips level) or no chance? I'm planning to power up the Bartech from the sled also. Any advice is much appreciated.
I would cross hire another rig in for this one, that lot will shake the zephyr like a wet noodle in normal mode, let alone low mode, you are sitting right at or just beyond the limit of the rig with that set-up as Thomas said the slightest thing like a cinetape or even a couple of filters could easily push you over what even the arm could take, let alone your sled.
Yeah this is not a good idea. Its always tempting to think about the short term in these situations but if you show up with the wrong gear to big job, it could haunt you for years. Hire out a bigger rig or give the job to someone who will owe you a favor even if it stings its worth it. The zephyr is not made for a full sized camera like the alexa
I take a different tack and say that's a lot for my set up any chance you can get me a scarlet or epic (pick something you think would work) and say this way ill be set up and ready while A camera is working and you'll have no down time etc when you need steadicam.
It will save you money and time and personnel etc.
a 24V cable? i'm not sure that zephyr's internal wiring will be robust enough to carry power for a hungry AlxXT. zephyr owners would chime in about it.
Also, attempting to put more to a rig can handle might cause irreparable damage to your vest, arm, gimbal, center post, top stage etc. A sudden arm failure might also harm you and the camera package which in turn will harm your reputation badly. you should consider either renting a full sized rig for the job or somehow get the production use a smaller package although i wouldn't dare to ask that to a production.
ps: you should use your full name on the forum. change it quick before the teacher sees you
I appreciate all the details you guys gave me, I'll try to convince the production to change the camera otherwise I'll give the job for someone else since there are no appropriate steadicams available for rent in the country.