Jump to content


Artemis Maxima thoughts

  • Please log in to reply
4 replies to this topic

#1 Christopher Moone

Christopher Moone

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 42 posts
  • New York

Posted 30 July 2016 - 03:20 AM

I am curious who owns one and what your thoughts are on them? I have been thrown into several situations with the Movi lately and I am curious about a real comparison of the two. I haven't really seen the Maxima out much. It weighs considerably more on its own and is more expensive. The Movi software seems to be getting better but is it enough? There is some pretty cool stuff happening with these things and I'd like to hear back from the people I've learned to trust over the years. 


  • 0

#2 daniel hanit

daniel hanit

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 76 posts
  • Israel

Posted 01 August 2016 - 03:15 PM

Haven't tried it in person but it seems that the biggest drawback when mounting the Maxima on a steadicam arm is that the tilt axis needs to be controlled by a joystick which in my opinion can't be as smooth and fluid as normal steadicam operating.
And hand held filming for long periods of time is not really an option unless you're Arnold Schwarzenegger...
  • 0

#3 axel ebermann

axel ebermann

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 81 posts
  • New York City,

Posted 01 August 2016 - 04:48 PM

It really depends on what you need.


If you want to have a gimbal / steadicam combo or hybrid the Trinity is going to be the bees knees.

I tried it out briefly and I don't think the Maxima is meant to be carried around by hand. Way too heavy - even

if you are only using an Alexa Mini or alike.

However the upside is that is has none of the RC flimsiness of the Movi. The Maxima feels rock solid.

The motors are strong as hell.

I can see this thing killing it in car-to-car, aerial or boat applications. In short: Everything with some sort of a mount / limited space 

where you want stabilization.

I personally would not consider the Maxima as a Steadicam add-on. It puts too much mass too high above the gimbal of your sled.

The genius of the Trinity is that they are actually chopping off the top stage to keep the mass as low as possible.

I think David Isern in New York actually owns a Maxima. He should have quite a bit of intel.

  • 0

#4 Christopher Moone

Christopher Moone

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 42 posts
  • New York

Posted 05 August 2016 - 01:08 AM

The Trinity is great and I've played with it a few times. I was more asking in terms of Movi competitor/ remote head type applications. The weight was my biggest concern. I am not interested in trying to put one on a steadicam, that's what the steadicam is for in my opinion.


I almost had Dave's to play with a not long ago but the production couldn't get their shit together. I've seen enough good use that it seems like something worth having in my kit. It's just making sure I get the best one for the most applications. 


Also, Arnie isn't what he used to be and nobody can run these things handheld for a reasonable and repeatable time without engineering or whiskey and speed.

  • 0

#5 Dave Isern

Dave Isern

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 70 posts
  • New York City

Posted 08 August 2016 - 05:53 PM

Maxima is great.
My 3-axis gimble answer.
Good for:
-vehicle to vehicle
-POVs from vehicles
-lateral shooting from vehicles
-3-axis gimble shots
-long lens moves
-remote stabilizer head for 'non-operating moves'
-can be Lambda head substitute sometimes

Good on:
-EZrig with Serene arm

Good for substituting when you need a safer means than Steadi
-not big fan of attaching to arm

  • 1

Varizoom Follow Focus

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

rebotnix Technologies

PLC Electronics Solutions

Omnishot Systems

GPI Pro Systems


Engineered Cinema Solutions

Ritter Battery

The Moses Pole - Steadicam Monopod

Betz Tools for Stabilizers

PLC - Bartech

Paralinx LLC

Boland Communications

Wireless Video Systems