I recently purchased the Maxima MX30 and Klassen Slingshot
Hard mounting... garfield mount with the steadi arm is possibly the best thing ever, with the PLC solutions wireless wheel setup I can have my dolly grip hold the MX30 while i operate, having that 4th axis stabilized with the steadicam arm is flawless.
Cranes! Have not had the chance to test this yet, first issue is panning passed the side handles. You must remove both side handles if you want to pan over 180 degrees, depending on your camera build tilting will also become an issue.
In conclusion, nobody is replacing the steadicam yet... the mx30 and slingshot combo enable a new way of achieving awesome shots but definitely not replacing anything.
I will be testing and uploading footage of all the configurations during my series, links to come.
Thank you for posting and sharing with us on your purchase of the Maxima MX30! Would love to see it being used in all types of scenarios, especially Jimmy Jibs! I wish the Jimmy Jib forum is more active, that's why I rely many different forums such as this to give me ideas and insight on what I can do to be more competitive.
I am very interested in the ARRI Maxima for my Jimmy Jib Triangle, my 4x4 pickup truck for offroad shoots and my John Deere 6x4 Gator! My Gator can be used for my jib and can be converted to a dual Steadicam platforms for both front and back. Interested in what the Maxima can do for jib and find out what's its limitations are. Otherwise I may have to go with this option for my truck and Gator: http://griptech.net....ation-isolator/
Please post a review with pictures if you decide to mount to a crane or jib. Please show me what mounts can be done... like is it attached to a Mitchell plate with castle nut to mount with? I need to find out how I can attach to my jib to do Pursuit Systems/Russian Arm style stabilized shots. They mentioned a custom spider mount, but I need a good picture to see it being used.
I may need to purchase this to go Mitchell mount for Jimmy Jib: http://www.irfmachin...s.com/jimmyjib/
If you can, please post the diameter of the Maxima's external rods, where you operate by hand held. I need to find out if my Walter Klassen clamps can attach the Maxima to 1-1/2 inch speed rail without issues. You mentioned removal of the side handles to do past 180 degree shots. Is there a alternate mount for attachment to cranes or jibs?
I currently use Walter Klassen vehicle mounts for my Gator. Did a 3 day shoot for a BattleFrog shoot in Orlando last year. Those Klassen vehicle mounts for Steadicam were fantastic, made a ton of money off of them! Got almost half of my investment back in that one project alone!
Had a private demo of the Double Helix with the actual inventor earlier this past January in NYC. Very nice guy and cool gimbal. Had played with it for a few minutes very solid piece of gear. It seems the Maxima has it beat regardless of camera length. Spoke to the inventor about the exposed ball bearings in the support ring to be fully enclosed... because I shoot on beaches and golf courses quite a bit in Florida... sand gets into everything. Last thing I want to do after a full day of shooting in the hot sun is to clean out the ball bearings that is full of grit and sand on the Double Helix rig. I addressed this oversight to the inventor, I hope he has revised his design.
I wish someone did a direct comparison between both Double Helix and the Maxima, especially for jibs and cranes as well as Steadicams. As I see it, this is currently the most serious attempt that is even remotely close... performance and payload wise compared to the big boys such as a Scorpio Stabilized heads and its ilk. Any takers?
Thanks again Chris for posting, looking forward to your reviews!
Edited by Martin Yee, 12 May 2016 - 10:44 PM.