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#1 Naama Danon

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Posted 13 September 2014 - 04:17 PM

Hi!

 

Just bought a Zephyr and looking for a stand, would a regular C stand be ok for good support? Any suggestions for stands? (hopfully not too expensive)

 

Also, when shooting with a DSLR camera on the rig i would need some extra weight...Any ideas for that? (Maybe a recommended cage)

 

Thank's !

 

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#2 Matthew Fleischmann

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Posted 13 September 2014 - 06:27 PM

A regular C Stand with a baby pin should work fine. If you are looking at a larger stand take a look at American stands.


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#3 Matthew Fleischmann

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Posted 13 September 2014 - 06:28 PM

Contact Janice Arthur for weight cages. steadijan@hotmail.com


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#4 Naama Danon

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Posted 14 September 2014 - 01:51 AM

Thank's Matthew!


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#5 RonBaldwin

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Posted 14 September 2014 - 08:52 AM

Use a bag with a c-stand. The American stand is stronger and breaks down shorter.
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#6 Naama Danon

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Posted 14 September 2014 - 01:48 PM

Great thanks! Any suggestions for weights?


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#7 Sanjay Sami

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 06:10 AM

Get a C stand with a turtle base. If you pull the shaft out of the base, you have a ready monopod. The C Stand is not actually rated for the weight of a full sized rig and camera, but I have been using one for years. With Panavision Platinums, Genesis, BL3's and 535's. No problems so far. Make sure you get a good brand. I use Avenger, because I have a Grip truck full of them. They are really good.


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#8 RonBaldwin

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 08:47 PM

Don't listen to Sanjay. He knows nothing about grip gear. He does, however, know a lot about bondage gear. He used to run a sweatshop in East LA making gimp masks and putting zippers in socks
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#9 Sanjay Sami

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 05:08 AM

I closed that shop down and invested in C stands with the cash


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#10 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 02:52 PM

My main stand is a Avenger A5029 9.5' Roller Stand ( http://www.bhphotovi...ight_Stand.html ), but I used to go around with a mini C-Stand for my Zephyr. it worked great, but I really like being able to wheel the rig around with the casters, plus it has a really nice large base and low profile legs. 


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#11 Naama Danon

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 06:40 AM

Thank you Victor


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#12 rupert peddle

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 09:56 AM

Hi Naama,

 

For extra weight for the camera, I got a heavy-ish camera quick-release plate/adapter that could also take 15mm rods and a 2kg shoulder-rig counter weight that clamps onto the rods. These not only add a good amount of weight but also mean you can attach things like a matte box or follow focus if needed.


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#13 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 04:13 PM

Hi Rupert, the issue with shoulder rig counterweight is that they move the CG of the camera away from the physical center of the camera, making it harder to balance.

That said, I even taped batteries to a DSLR to add weight so whatever works.


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#14 rupert peddle

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 03:30 PM

yeah it does mean you need to have the camera further forward than usual, but I've not had any problem with balancing the rig set up like that. is there a problem with having the combined CG of the camera & counterweight somewhere in-between them? i would have thought that as long as the rig is balanced, it doesn't really matter where the individual components that make up the top weight are in relation to each other, its just the position of their combined CG that matters? still learning though and happy to learn if i've got the wrong idea :)


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#15 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 10:22 PM

It changes the pan inertia, like the antlers.
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