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#1 Dave Wowchuk

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Posted 22 November 2005 - 02:45 PM

Hi everyone,

When shooting video, what brand of camera brackets and support rod systems do you use? And who would be the best person to talk to about buying them?

I need a solution for mounting my BFD & M-One to Sony & Hitachi video cameras, and Arri BL/SR1/SR3 film cameras.

Thanks for your help!
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#2 Mitch Gross

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Posted 22 November 2005 - 06:00 PM

I have a baseplate and front rods from Chrosziel that is the Universal Sony size, meaning that it fits all Sony video cameras from an old Beta to a DSR370 to the CineAlta. It mounts to the camera with four screws and the quick-release V-plate still functions with it (and you can use it while handheld as well. It cost me around $500-$600 but it's just sitting in my closet for a year after one job so I'd sell it to you for a decent price if you're interested.
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#3 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 23 November 2005 - 05:46 AM

Get yourself an XCS plate. It's got inserts built in for your rods and it's very rigid. Works great with all the cameras you mentioned. I love mine.
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Posted 23 November 2005 - 06:07 AM

Get yourself an XCS plate. It's got inserts built in for your rods and it's very rigid. Works great with all the cameras you mentioned. I love mine.

Is that one size fits all?
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#5 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 23 November 2005 - 09:09 PM

You should call Greg Bubb to find out exactly what sled's it will work with. I know that it works with the Master, Ultra, Pro, and Ultimate. Other than those I'm not sure.
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#6 Erwin Landau

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 09:48 AM

Call Greg Bubb for the XCS plate.

I went from 13 plates for various cameras to just 2 (actually 2 and 2 we use most of the time 2 Cameras on Steadicam one sync and one MOS) He uses usually only one screw and non slip surface.

The XCS plate will fit any top stage that will allow for the PRO style plate. Actually ALL plates have the same shape starting from the Model 1. Just the tolerances are all over the board. Model 1, 2, and 3 as well as some of the MK-V are using a gear drive.

The XCS plate allows for 2 15mm rods or one 10mm rod to be mounted securly INTO the plate. All mounting holes are sloted for and aft as well as side to side.


http://www.xcsinc.co...etail plate.jpg


Hope that helps,

Erwin

www.landaucamera.com

FYI BTW: Tom Gleason is making 15mm support rods starting December.

I belive in the length of: 4", 6", 8", 10"... other sizes are available as special order.



Check:

http://cinewidgets.com/



Fly safe,

Erwin
www.landaucamera.com
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#7 Dave Wowchuk

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Posted 02 December 2005 - 08:20 AM

I contacted Greg at XCS, and their plate is 3.35" wide ... and the Glidecam Gold plate is 3.7" wide. Bummer.

Dave
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#8 Dave Wowchuk

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Posted 05 December 2005 - 07:06 PM

I actually found a company that has a set of rods & brackets for JVC, Panasonic, and Sony cameras as well as a Universal Plate for various video & film cameras. The rods can be universally used with each set of brackets.

http://www.cavision.com/rods/rods.htm

Price lists are available by e-mailing them directly.

Dave
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#9 paul magee

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Posted 05 December 2005 - 09:03 PM

Hey Dave,

I have a client who has this set up on a few of his cameras. They're not bad for the money
but the carbon fiber rods leave a lot to be desired when you start to clamp down on them with a follow focus motor or dog bone. I always switch out his rods for a set of metal rods I carry with me in my kit.
You can get replacement 15mm rods from Abel Cine, Serious Gear and a number of other suppliers.

I don't think you can beat Cavision for the price but you do get what you pay for.

Paul Magee
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#10 Dave Wowchuk

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 03:22 PM

So what's the issue with the carbon fiber stuff? Can it not handle being torqued down on and ends up breaking? I'd sure like to find that out before I buy a set.

DW
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#11 JobScholtze

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 04:32 PM

So what's the issue with the carbon fiber stuff? Can it not handle being torqued down on and ends up breaking? I'd sure like to find that out before I buy a set.

DW

Dave, i have the metal rods for you, cant find the other part. But the 2 rods are here.

Job
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#12 charlesneufeld

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 05:47 PM

Hi Dave,

I think the issue is, please correct me if I am wrong, is simply that the carbon rods that cavision uses are not the best quality. Not to say they wont work, but they *may* be more susceptible to stress cracks and the like. This is likely caused by lower quality in the construction and weaving of the carbon matt. As Paul issued, you get what you pay for.

~C
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#13 Dave Wowchuk

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 11:11 AM

Thanks to Jonathan Hale, I now have a simple solution to my "rods and dovetail" problem. It turns out that the folks at PRO-GPI have iris rods that attach directly onto my Glidecam dovetail plates. I was going to try to use the XCS plate, but it was too narrow for the Gold top stage.

Just thought that some of you Glidecam owners would like to know.

Dave
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