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#1 Emir Cemanovic

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 01:34 PM


So im quite new to steadicams and im wondering why people have a type of thread on the back of the steadicam vest? What is it for? And how does it work? 


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This is what i mean. (the blue thread)


P.s i dont own the picture, Got it by swedens top steadicam operator Niclas Närwall! 

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#2 Jarrett P. Morgan

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 01:44 PM

That is an emergency release. If it is set up properly the operator can "eject" from the rig. It is a safety feature when working near water or other dangerous environments. I believe only some Tiffen vests have them. I know the pro and WK do not.

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#3 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 06:51 PM

Yes, when you pull the handle located on your right shoulder, it pulls the velcro pads in your back and releases you from the rig. Your whole rig will then instantly fall to the ground. I forgot how many times it was really used in emergency, I think 2 or 3 times, but that means 2 or 3 people are still alive.

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#4 chris fawcett

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 06:43 AM

Garrett was saved twice. Once from a car, once from Rhino!
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#5 Emir Cemanovic

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 04:40 PM

Thank You guys :)

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