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[Completed finally]Steadicam Pilot and Scout monitor mount modification to make the rig looks cooler and more functional.


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#1 Lau Ho Ming

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Posted 10 October 2015 - 02:02 AM

Posted 04 October 2015 - 08:11 PM

Hi, 

 

About one year ago I planned to design a custom mount which my Steadicam Scout works better. 

I need to thanks for the people who were interested in my project. And need to say sorry because I didn't take the time to complete it until recently.

 

For your reference, here is the link to my post about my upgrade idea:

 

http://www.steadicam...605#entry106804

 

Finally I took the time to completed the upgrade mod.

I tested it on my Steadicam Scout and used it for around 7-8 times and it worked flawlessly. 

The Steadicam Scout become the ultimate bang of the buck Steadicam Rig now with this upgrade mod especially when bhphotovideo are selling it for USD3999 new recently. I fly my Sony F5 with this rig without any problem. USD3999 for a true Steadicam Rig which flies 18lbs cameras are really a good deal.

 

http://www.bhphotovi...st_hd_mntr.html

 

 

I've been asked whether it is possible to mount monitors without screw threads on the both sides of monitor(e.g.SmallHD monitors). I've solved the problem by designing new parts but you cannot use the monitor yokes anymore.

 

I've also been asked whether it is possible to use the upgrade mount for the Steadicam Flyer or the Steadicam Pilot. Technically it is possible because Flyer and Pilot probably shared the same parts for the Carbon Fiber pole. But I don't have them on my hand so you need to confirm that the lower part of the pole are EXACTLY 23.9mm in diameter. 

 

Here is the list of what I have achieved in my upgrade mod:

 

1.)A new monitor bracket allows for a more flexible monitor positioning and independent of the battery position like the Zephyr. Not only that you can adjust the height of the monitor too. Also it is now possible to adjust the moment of inertia of the rig. It is now easier to achieve dynamic balance.

 

2.)Beside the monitor yoke. I've designed a new part, which is a simple monitor mount, for those who are using monitor with only screw thread at the bottom of the monitor.

 

3.)I've also made modification for the Scout/Flyer vest. I removed the plastic fastex buckle and replaced it with the higher end Steadicam Ratcheting buckle for the chest. Now you can easily adjust the tension and tighten it like the higher end vests.

 

 

I've tested the upgrade mods myself for some times and it worked flawlessly.

I made 10 sets of these modifications and like what I have said. I'm not looking to earn money out of it. It is much cheaper to produce 10 sets and share the cost together than produce 1 set only . I'm just looking for people to share the cost for machining these parts. So basically you are only paying for the material and machining cost only.

 

It is now completed, tested and ready to ship.

 

 

1.)For complete set with Monitor Yoke+ Simple Monitor Mount= USD250 Include shipping.

This set includes:

-15mm rods to Steadicam pole 23.9mm clamp

-Adjustable monitor yoke assembly

-Customized 1/4-20 Screw thread adapter for Marshall/Steadicam 7" monitor x 2

-Simple Monitor Mount

-1 pair of Carbon Fiber rods 15mm x 200mm

-1 x Carbon Fiber rod for monitor yoke assembly

-15mm x 50mm Aluminium rods for simple monitor mount

-Racheting lock lever x 5

-All other screws necessary.

 

2.)For Monitor Yoke only set=USD230 Include shipping.

This set includes:

-15mm rods to Steadicam pole 23.9mm clamp

-Adjustable monitor yoke assembly

-Customized 1/4-20 Screw thread adapter for Marshall/Steadicam 7" monitor x 2

-1 pair of Carbon Fiber rods 15mm x 200mm

-1 x Carbon Fiber rod for monitor yoke assembly

-Racheting lock lever x 5

-All other screws necessary.

 

3.)For Simple monitor mount only set=USD200 Include shipping.

This set includes:

-15mm rods to Steadicam pole 23.9mm clamp

-1 pair of Carbon Fiber rods 15mm x 200mm

-Simple Monitor Mount

-15mm x 50mm Aluminium rods for simple monitor mount

-Racheting lock lever x 5

-All other screws necessary.

 

4.)For Steadicam Scout/Flyer vest Ratcheting buckle modification=USD120 Include shipping.

This set includes:

-Original Steadicam Ratcheting buckle x 2

-Customized buckle receptor housing x 2

-Buckle to vest adapter plate x 2

-Nylon velcro strap(Pre-assembled with housing and receptor) x 2

*This modification require the removal of original fastex plastic buckle(Easy task) and cut off the original strap(It sucks anyway) which is not reversible.*

 

Payment will be made through Paypal. If you are interested please contact me and leave me your paypal e-mail in PM I will prepare an paypal invoice for you. Once the payment is done I will ship immediately through Hong Kong Speed Post which comes with tracking numbers. According to experience it is expected to arrive US within 3-4 days usually.

 

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

 

Ming.

 

I've included a link to the dropbox folder container picture of my modifications:

 

https://www.dropbox....QdCiEOMAUa?dl=0

 

Thanks for your interest.

 

 


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#2 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 10 October 2015 - 03:12 PM

Nice mod! How much weight does this add to the sled? 


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#3 Lau Ho Ming

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Posted 11 October 2015 - 07:27 AM

Hi Victor,

 

It should add around 400g to the sled.


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#4 Herman Wong

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 11:22 PM

I just recently purchased this monitor mount mod + yoke assembly for my Pilot and have been pretty happy with it!  Prior to this monitor mount, I used the standard Pilot mount with my 7" monitor.  Due to the design of my monitor (relatively thin), there was very little surface area contact at the base of the monitor and mount.  As such, it was easy for the monitor to slightly rock backwards and forwards on the mount no matter how tight I turned the 1/4" screw.  While flying, if not careful, vibrations could be picked up by the monitor and exaggerated leading to slight jitters.

 

The new single monitor mount solved this problem for me and gave me a larger surface area for the monitor to rest on.  Plus, having it on rails finally lets me easily adjust monitor position easily for easier to rebalance.  I have the yoke assembly should I ever decide to upgrade the monitor in the future.

 

Everything came neatly packaged and bubble wrapped.  The pieces were machined very well - very professionally done!  Putting it all together only took a couple minutes.  Very happy with the results and it looks great!  Thanks Lau. 

 

 

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