Anyway, i could not bring my own gear, so i accepted to work with the local rigs available.
A government-owned company has the Ultra, though not really complete I found out.
No wireless control, though it has the motorized stage, no low mode bracket for the 435, but otherwise in brand new shape so usable (after they found one of the rachet clamps and put it back on the vest
3 batteries that they claimed last 1 hour each.... well, that turned out to be 5 to 10 minutes! later I heard that they recently recelled them with new Chinese batteries!
Therefore I had ro work with the only power cable that comes with the camera, with a thickness and weight of a jump-start cable for your car, also it was curled, so weighted about 1,5 kg!
Now wonder my shots were not so stable.... it pulled the rig off with every movement though I attached it near the gimble, but it was just too heavy.
(I'm sure someone will remark the sway and wag in these shots )
but the batteries were the real problem, they did not hold even enough power for the sled only for a reasonable time, and with one charger, no battery could be charged more that 15-30% because most of the shots were on steadicam.
So I asked to bring in another set that i saw at one camera company, a cannabalized, sodomized, battered IIIa with a huge battery construction for 3 Pags so therefore promising for power supply. The vest was like a rag, but i could use the Ultra vest of course.... if only it would work. The Transvideo LCD didn't give an image ,the follow focus was one of the oldest Heden wired controles! Being at 0-5 degrees celcius it could not turn any lens so I asked if we could use the Bartech from the Ultra set...... no cables or connectors available......
Though I though I could make a working system out of these 2 ,it would be a major process, involving two companies that would not allow that!
So they called another - Hong Kong based- company and tonight I will check their equipment!
I'm sure this one comes with it's own set of problems, i know that this company doesn't have the newest of the newest.....
To be continued!