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Solo arm & Vest Steadicam Solo

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#1 Paul Lindqvist

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Posted 01 May 2015 - 01:46 AM



I'v just recently got the Steadicam Solo w. arm & vest. I'm a newbie and only used handheld knock off's in the past.


I have no problem balancing the sled, but i have a few question on how to set up the arm properly.


What is the proper way to setup the arm ?


What i do now is that i adjust the arm so that it's still in front of me, and then mount the sled.


It works quite we'll, but when moving left and right the arm wants to get away from me. Is this normal and something i should just "counterbalance" with my hips ?


Any input much appreciated!


(I have the efp dvd and the operators handbook on order)




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#2 rupert peddle

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Posted 01 May 2015 - 08:25 AM

Hi Paul,


I think what you're describing are the socket block adjustments. Basically you need to adjust the angle of the arm using the in/out and left/right threads at the socket block to make sure the arm post is vertical when you're wearing it, otherwise the sled will drop away from you. You should adjust these until the sled floats in the sweet spot next to your hips when standing up straight. If you have the handbook on order it's covered it in there ;)



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#3 chris fawcett

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Posted 01 May 2015 - 09:09 AM

What Rupert says.

Make those fore-aft and side-to-side adjustments looking in a mirror, to ensure you are standing upright when you set the float point of the rig. Centre of shoulder girdle directly above pelvic girdle, no leaning back. No leaning to one side or the other.

All the best,

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#4 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 01 May 2015 - 11:34 AM

Hi Paul Congrats on spotting that something is wrong by yourself ( a lot of people just go about with wrong settings on their steadicam and end up hurting themselves) You might want to get the Steadicam Operator's Handbook http://smile.amazon....a-no-redirect=1

It will teach you the proper use of any Steadicam system. Good luck. 

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#5 Paul Lindqvist

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Posted 01 May 2015 - 04:21 PM

Wow! Thank guy's for the help and advice!


Will standing in front of the mirror and adjust it.


Book and dvd arrives on Monday!


Again thanx!



Paul L.

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