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#1 Dominik Bauch

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 06:09 PM

Was hoping for some advice from some seasoned ops out there.

(Tried posting in Newbie area but no joy... sorry for repost)

 
I’m looking at the Zephyr to fly an Alexa Mini.
A couple of questions:
 
1. How is the supplied monitor? Has it been updated since the Zephyr was introduced as in some images it looks pretty old and clunky...
2. As far as a Steadicam goes, are there any compromises with the Zephyr - other than weight limitations? i.e. is it more difficult to get super smooth shots vs more expensive models?
3. As the Zephyr seems to have been out for a while is it likely to be updated soon?
 
More generally, if I use an Angenieux Optimo Style zoom 30 - 76, will I need to adjust the balance when zooming in or out? i.e. does the weight shift in the lens enough to unbalance a rig?
 
Obviously longer focal lengths are trickier but what is the sweet spot for a steadicam? I tend to prefer longer focal lengths aesthetically so would a 35mm or 50mm still be workable to a novice operator with practice?
 
Many thanks in advance for any advice.

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