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Glidecam X45 EFP Vest Pelican

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#1 Beau Cuizon

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 07:31 PM

Hi All,

 

You know when sometimes things happen, and you didn't plan for them to happen?  That's what happened.

 

So now, I'm selling my X45/EFP rig.  Here's some highlights:

 

Glidecam X45 Sled

Steadicam EFP Arm (#350)

Boland 8.4 DayBright HD-SDI Monitor -- with fan control (1400 nits, I believe it was)

Transvideo Cinemonitor iiia SD backup monitor (sd only)

Transvideo Frameline Generator for Cinemonitor (sd only)

Glidecam Gold Series Vest

Glidecam Low Mode Brackets (2)

Various Hex Wrenches, and Screwdrivers (see pics)

Glidecam Docking Bracket

Libec ZC-9EX Canon/Fujinon Zoom Control

(2) Mega Flex HD SDI cables -- 12 and 24 inches, from Media Blackout

(1) Hyperflex HD SDI Cables -- 24 inches, right angle connectors, from Media Blackout

(2) Cinecoil BNC Cables, right angle connectors, 10, and 20 inches.

(2) 2-pin Lemo to XLR 4-pin

(2) 2-pin Lemo to DC

Pelican 1650 with dualie wheels/pluck foam insert.

 

Rig is clean, in good shape, with low miles.  I'd like to sell this package as a whole, if possible.  It would be nice to hand her off to someone who's just starting out, or who needs a bigger rig.  But, I'm open to discussion/offers for pieces.  I'm attaching pics, with some comments on pros and cons of the whole setup.

 

Get it now for $9250 + shipping.  Or best offer.... :)

 

PM me, or mail me, beau800@gmail.com.

 

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#2 Beau Cuizon

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 07:48 PM

X45

 

Here's a few comments on my experience with the sled:

 

PROS:  Very compact.  Extendable post (21" to 43" I believe).  1.75" diameter, aluminum center post.  Adjustable battery hanger (up, down, in and out)  Drop in dovetail plate.  3 HD-SDI video lines.  (4) 2-pin Lemo Powers outputs (12v only).  Very straight forward and simple.

 

CONS:  "No Tools" locks are really just kipping levers.  Not clamps.  Post is indexed by numbers, but centering top and bottom stages can be a pain, because there's no mechanism to keep them from drifting...battery hanger works, but adjusting for dynamic balance can be laborious, because in order to telescope the hangers in and out, you must also release the tilt locks on the batter hanger itself, so your batteries are swiveling free (up and down).  Kind of hard to explain, but...it's just inconvenient.  Monitor bracket is scissors type...which makes adjusting inconvenient at times.  The 1.75" post is a strange size, so finding out-of-the-box accessories is almost impossible.  12 volt only.  Not for film work.

 

Overall, the sled worked well for me.  The gimbal seems smooth and solid..and while I'm not experienced enough with other rigs to compare, I've never had problems with friction, or centering, or balancing.  The three HD lines were great, and since I like running a short sled, this X45 fit me just right. It does get tall if you need it to, thought. Doesn't have all the bells and whistles of some other brands, but it's a good piece of kit.  Would be nice for someone looking to step up into a bigger rig.

 

Native V-mount battery hangers, but I have AB to V mount adapters on her.  With that on board, you get 4 D-taps on the batter hanger to power what you need. 

 

 

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#3 Beau Cuizon

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 08:01 PM

Glidecam Gold Series Vest:

 

PROS:  Lightweight, quick release system, ladder straps for adjust ability.

CONS:  Back portion of vest not as supportive as Steadicam vest...its basically just pads with webbing sewn on to them.  Some people have complained of poor riveting.

 

I liked this size, fit, and weight of this vest.  The padding isn't too much, or too little.  The ladder straps allow a range of adjustable.  The front spar is certainly rigid enough for the kinds of payloads I have been working with (video...broadcast and commercials).  Some people have complained in the past about poor riveting, but so far, that has not been my experience, luckily.  Has some home brew cross-back straps too.Attached File  Vest Back.jpg   131.63KB   6 downloadsAttached File  Vest Buckles.jpg   97.85KB   6 downloadsAttached File  Vest.jpg   125.09KB   6 downloadsAttached File  Oh Crap Strap.jpg   91.87KB   6 downloadsAttached File  Socket Block.jpg   88.61KB   6 downloads


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#4 Beau Cuizon

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 08:09 PM

Steadicam EFP Arm

 

PROS:  Classic example of a bullet proof design.  Last maintained by Mr. Robert Luna (2014).  Blue springs (20-45 lbs capacity).  Smooth, silent, workhorse.

CONS:  Classic 3a limitations.  Not iso-elastic (if you're into that kind of thing).

 

I purchased this arm (#350) from Mr. Jarrett Morgan, who last had it serviced in Summer of 2014 by Mr. Luna.  It's exactly what I needed it to be, and when I needed it to work it did, flawlessly.  It is capable of performing at a much higher level than my experience level will allow me to operate it.  Hate to see it go.  But hopefully someone will give it a new life, and a good home!Attached File  EFP Arm 2.jpg   84.51KB   7 downloadsAttached File  EFP Arm 3.jpg   81.46KB   6 downloadsAttached File  EFP Arm 4.jpg   81.98KB   7 downloadsAttached File  EFP Arm Number.jpg   83.55KB   7 downloadsAttached File  EFP Arm.jpg   76.64KB   8 downloads


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#5 Beau Cuizon

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 08:19 PM

BOLAND 8.4

 

PROS: Large display.  Clear.  Lots of inputs/outputs.  HD-SDI, component.  Fan control.

CONS: Large body.  Almost too large, in my opinion.  Native 800x600.  4:3 screen means 16:9 image will be scaled to fit.  30 watts power consumption.

 

I'm pretty happy with this Boland.  It's real bright.  Rated at 1400 nits, so in direct sunlight, it's certainly useable.  Put a shade on, and it's all good in the sun.  Inside, no problems.  It's too bight at 75% inside, in my opinion.  I take it down to 50% or less, in the studio.  Comes with a clear lexan screen protector, so the screen condition is immaculate.  There are some fans in this bad boy that whip up a noisy storm, but the good news is, this version of the 8.4 has a fan control, which brings it down to a whisper.  4 pin power, or AB plate.  Does have custom yoke mounts on the side of the monitor...and I do have the yoke that goes with it (also a custom piece) but it needs custom yoke locks, which I don't have.Attached File  Boland 84.jpg   100.9KB   5 downloadsAttached File  Boland Details.jpg   130.24KB   5 downloadsAttached File  Boland Inputs 2.jpg   195.27KB   5 downloadsAttached File  Boland Inputs.jpg   103.46KB   6 downloadsAttached File  Boland Rear.jpg   169.9KB   5 downloadsAttached File  Boland Screen.jpg   106.81KB   5 downloads


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#6 Jarrett P. Morgan

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 09:11 PM

Beau, 

Sorry to see you have to sell all of the stuff. It looks like a nice set-up!

Best of luck with the sale!


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#7 Beau Cuizon

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 11:01 PM

Jarrett,

 

Thanks for the note -- yeah I'm sad to see it go.  But I'm glad I got to put it all together and fly it for a short while.  You took great care of that EFP arm.  It's funny -- something about that old design...or maybe it was Mr. Luna's magic...but that EFP arm was so very tame, and well behaved..and when you work it into tough situations (as my noob skills sometimes forced it into), it doesn't complain, it just performs.  Might sound odd, but sometimes I wondered if I was leading that EFP arm, or it was leading me!  In any case, thanks for your help, and generosity, I really appreciate it!


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#8 Beau Cuizon

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 11:02 PM

EXTRAS:

 

Pelican 1650

Only shipped once

Has dualie wheels -- all good.  There's a dark spot on one of them...thats from when I ran over a gecko in the parking lot at work.  Pelican survived.  Gecko, not so lucky.  Yuk.

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#9 Beau Cuizon

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 11:05 PM

Drivers -- There's actually one more T-handle hex driver (not pictured) that works all the post locks/screwsAttached File  Tools.jpg   113.31KB   5 downloads

Zoom Control

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#10 Chris Loh

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 10:29 PM

Willing to sell the Boland monitor alone? If so, how much does it weight? How much shipped to SoCal?


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#11 Beau Cuizon

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 01:43 AM

Hi Chris,

 

There's a couple of standing offers on the rig, so right now, I'd have to say no..if no once comes through, then we'll be able to discuss this possibility.  Will keep you updated.  Thanks!


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#12 Beau Cuizon

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 03:06 AM

Sale Pending....


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#13 Beau Cuizon

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 06:41 PM

SOLD!  Thanks for your interest and inquiries.


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