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#1 Zac Gaetano

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 02:39 PM

Hey all -


Looking for everyone's insight on if a Wireless Zoom is necessary, I was trained on a Steadicam but I usually worked a ton with a gimbal so I got away with just a cabled thumbwheel, but after my purchase of a Zephyr that simply isnt going to cut it anymore. I've been looking at a handful of wireless thumbwheel systems and I came across a off-brand dual-motor system that would allow wireless zoom and focus control. Is this something that could come in handy? I have gears on all my lenses and my two main zooms are the canon 70-200mm 2.8 and the 16-35mm 2.8, the rest of my lenses are primes.



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#2 Cinesteel


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Posted 08 January 2018 - 02:53 PM

As much as it pains me to say it, the PDmovie remote AIR 3 (Dual motor with thumbwheel) might be the path to go.

The motors are fine, not great but they'll cope with stills lenses and light cine lenses. Thumbwheel just needs a battery connection and it's otherwise wireless.

I wouldn't go much cheaper than the PDmovie (the tilta version maybe) as the servicing and customer support just isn't there below that price point.


It'll get you up and running and you'll have a hand unit to give a focus puller if you get one.

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