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#1 JosephBucci


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Posted 16 March 2015 - 01:39 PM

Hello all,


I am brand new to this feild. I am looking at getting into steadicam work because my city is growing rapidly in the film industry, and it shows promise of continuing growth. I have been looking around at rigs, and what I can afford. I plan on attending workshops this summer, but I want to purchase a rig and start practicing everyday. I flew once and was pretty good at it. (for a noob) I found this modle on amazon and ebay, but I attached the ebay page. I have been watching video reviews, and people seem to love the rig. I wanted to get some feedback from people who work in the industry, and may own this rig. I want a rig that can atleast fly an Epic, and this can hold up to 33lbs. The sweet spot is 18-25, but it can go up to 33. I would obviously upgrade once I can afford to, but would I be able to get gigs with this rig, or is it looked at as amatureish?


Carbon fiber Stabilizer specification:

Max. Length: 102cm

Mini  Length:  70cm

Load Capacity: 2.5-15kg (5-33lbs)


link: http://www.ebay.com/...=item51cd94b44e

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#2 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 01:55 PM

Hey welcome to the Steadicam world. 

We have been talking about this exact product recently (still on the first page of new content) 




The conclusion was, don't waste your money. Go to a workshop and learn the basics before making the wrong investment. I would not put an Epic on this.


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Posted 16 March 2015 - 02:54 PM

Thanks Victor, I was just about to send the same link.


I would obviously upgrade once I can afford to, but would I be able to get gigs with this rig, or is it looked at as amatureish?


The rig would not only seem amateur, but to much of the community it is considered a knock-off. More than once I have heard from DPs, ACs, and others about the guy they just met on set who "didnt have a real rig. it looked like it was about to fall apart."

You may be putting the camera equipment and potentially yourself at risk by using this gear.

Work as an AC, make some money, establish a network, grow your kit, take a workshop, meet local operators, beg and borrow and demo rigs.



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#4 Michael Lewchyshyn

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Posted 08 December 2016 - 09:53 AM

I understand where Victor's coming from about how this rig is a knock off but in all honesty if you can't afford a name brand rig it's actually not a bad rig to get some practice with. I choose to buy one to see if i'm interested enough in steadicam to work towards buying a more expensive rig. I've flown a red epic, scarlett and Alexa classic as well as the mini on this rig. It's not as bad as people make it out to be as it held up all those camera's no problem and i've flown them on this rig more than a few times. oh yeah and my rig doesn't look like it's going to fall apart either. All in all if you can't afford a rig and want to see what it's like to operate steadicam with a vest and support arm it's not a bad way to go. I just wouldn't suggest it as a long term option, that's just my two cents on this rig as someone who's used it and owned it. 

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