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#1 Janice Arthur

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 12:00 PM

Hi all;


This is just an observation and probably an explanation of why.


I did a survey of ebay Steadicam recently and found 27 pages of gear, and 99% was all this knock-off stuff that to many eyes looks like it would work.


If I was new and looking for a cheap rig that's the stuff that I'd be drawn to too.


Now I get why we have SO many questions about this stuff.


This is just my new understanding of what new folks are up against when making choices.



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#2 Chris Van Campen

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 12:10 PM

Not to mention they have no qualms about using the trademarked name Steadicam in their listings...


Sad really. 

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#3 Lars Erik

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 02:18 PM

Hmm...don't know how registration works now. But would it be a good idea before new members register, to be informed about the members of this forum? That it consists of members with pro steadicam gear?

I'm not saying that we warn off people, just inform them. Sometimes we start with cheap gear and move up. But the ones who will NEVER invest in pro gear, will understand that this is not the place to look?

A lot of those posts clog up the forum, and has little to do with this forum.
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#4 Lucas Delbanco

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 05:28 PM

Sadly, I am one of those people with knock off rigs.  The main reason I went with that is because the rig I bought costs about as much as two or three lemo power cables.  For a high schooler, that's still a lot of money.  While I could probably justify now spending the 3-4k on a basic pilot setup, there was no way my parents would have OK'd that, and even then there was no guarantee I would have enjoyed using it or been any good at it.    


At the same time, I am not really a member on this forum to give advice and evidence, like most of you guys.  I am far from being a pro-level operator, and while I could see myself doing that in the future, right now that is not a priority.  Spending under a grand for a more-or-less functional setup is definitely a viable way, at least in my opinion, to figure out if one is suited to working towards becoming a professional operator.  Who knows, in a couple years, I may be one of the people buying a used PRO rig to begin training on, but for now my trusty POS will have to do.  

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#5 Janice Arthur

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 06:15 PM


I completely understand. I'm not against those rigs and I am happy that u can help to talk to newbies about those rigs. It's just hard to give them advice sometimes.

I hadn't seen the selection in a while I just learned a lot looking at eBay.

Welcome to the forum and we're rewriting the book on stabilizing with all these new tiny cameras so you're as likely as anyone to prosper with a small rig where no one could in the past.

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