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#1 eran dan

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Posted 09 September 2006 - 05:21 AM

I'm trying to find out if any one used the stanton focus/zoom controller, if yes how is feels? is in comfartable? is any one recomend this handle? Is there any other product that is doing the same thing that is more recomended then the stanton?
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#2 Kris Torch Wilson

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Posted 09 September 2006 - 07:34 PM

The Stanton controller is widely used here on the west coast for live, live to tape productions. I haven't used anything else so I can't comment on how it compares. I can tell you this , if it's good enough for Eastwood it's good enough for the rest of us.

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#3 Ramon Engle

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Posted 09 September 2006 - 09:38 PM

The Stanton controller is widely used here on the west coast for live, live to tape productions. I haven't used anything else so I can't comment on how it compares. I can tell you this , if it's good enough for Eastwood it's good enough for the rest of us.

Kris


I've only used the stanton and It's a great tool. If you use it don't overlook the small potentiaometer that controls zoom drift. When I first used the unit I had zoom drift issues and the manufacturer didn't even mention this adjustment! Just be aware.
The only challenge is adapting the control to your gimbal handle. That can be tricky is you have an odd size gimbal handle. I had the XCS ergo handle and had to use a modified hose clamp.

Get one.You'll like it.

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#4 eran dan

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 01:30 AM

The Stanton controller is widely used here on the west coast for live, live to tape productions. I haven't used anything else so I can't comment on how it compares. I can tell you this , if it's good enough for Eastwood it's good enough for the rest of us.

Kris


I've only used the stanton and It's a great tool. If you use it don't overlook the small potentiaometer that controls zoom drift. When I first used the unit I had zoom drift issues and the manufacturer didn't even mention this adjustment! Just be aware.
The only challenge is adapting the control to your gimbal handle. That can be tricky is you have an odd size gimbal handle. I had the XCS ergo handle and had to use a modified hose clamp.

Get one.You'll like it.

Ramon Engle

thanks allot friend i'm going to buy the stanton controller soon and let you know soon how it works on my v25 soon
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#5 Lawrence Karman

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 02:57 PM

The Stanton controller is widely used here on the west coast for live, live to tape productions. I haven't used anything else so I can't comment on how it compares. I can tell you this , if it's good enough for Eastwood it's good enough for the rest of us.

Kris


I've only used the stanton and It's a great tool. If you use it don't overlook the small potentiaometer that controls zoom drift. When I first used the unit I had zoom drift issues and the manufacturer didn't even mention this adjustment! Just be aware.
The only challenge is adapting the control to your gimbal handle. That can be tricky is you have an odd size gimbal handle. I had the XCS ergo handle and had to use a modified hose clamp.

Get one.You'll like it.

Ramon Engle



I had the same experience with the Zoom drift and no mention of the adjustment in the maual. Thanks to Ted Ashton for helping me over the phone to solve that drift. I had to machine the bracket that came with it to fit on my PRO gimbal handle. Works well. Takes a little getting used to.
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#6 mark morgan

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 04:51 AM

the stanton zoom focus control is such a treat to work with,it can really be very creative in any situation,but i have had to modify mine to fit the gimble and had the same problems with the lens creeping until i found the right pot,and the only other problem is the screw that keeps the zoom focus handle tight to the part that attaches to gimble likes to come loose during operation,can be a real pain in a live situation,so i added a lock type washer to that screw and it has cured the problem,other wise those small things it works great,and i have gotten so use to it that it has made my rig more comfortable to operate morgan
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Posted 26 September 2006 - 01:55 PM

To all you studio guys,

I just purchased the Zoom/ Focus kit for my PRO and I am having trouble with the handle clamp issue. The hose clamp thing doesn't seem to be working very well (probably more me then the hose clamp) Does anyone know of a machienist that might be able to modify the standard Stanton handle bracket or their EFP bracket that comes with the zoom/focus to fit a PRO handle, I believe the PRO handle is 1" dia. Thanks in advance for any help.

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#8 eran dan

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 02:49 AM

To all you studio guys,

I just purchased the Zoom/ Focus kit for my PRO and I am having trouble with the handle clamp issue. The hose clamp thing doesn't seem to be working very well (probably more me then the hose clamp) Does anyone know of a machienist that might be able to modify the standard Stanton handle bracket or their EFP bracket that comes with the zoom/focus to fit a PRO handle, I believe the PRO handle is 1" dia. Thanks in advance for any help.

Dave "hating my trips to Home Depot" Kanehann


Hi Dave:
I got the same problem with the stanton kit. I called them and they told me they have to sizes of it .89 and .94 inch diameter . I'm going to check what is my today. also they send me the wrong limo conector and the focus is not working so i'm going to if I can fix it. let you know soon
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#9 Nick Bennett

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 05:22 AM

The Stanton zoom demand looks good, do the zoom and focus movements operate independently, or is it a switchable control? also is the motor mounted to support or on lens (video)
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#10 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 11:18 AM

Hi all! I'm in need of a Stanton Zoom/Focus immediately. I'm leaving for London this Friday so I have to find one in the next two days to get it on the carnet.

If you have one for sale (or rent at this point), please give me a call on my cel at (818)326-3728.

Thanks!
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#11 Jaron Berman

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 03:21 PM

So kinda on the same topic - has anyone used one of the Stanton right-angle motors for a focus motor with the bartech? Someone suggested it as a decent and inexpensive way to add focus for video applications. Any thoughts?
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#12 John Pappas

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 11:18 PM

Hey Jaron.

I think 'someone' was actually me, but in case it wasn't, here are my thoughts anyway! (I'm in the process of ordering two right now!)

For video I dont see any problems with it although the Bartech would be modified - as the maximum motor drive i think is dropped from 18v to 13v, as the Stanton motors would tear the teeth off the output gear. So your Bartech would be modified, but Jim has assured me that if you later upgraded your motors just send the Bartech back and he will make the change for free.

I actually emailed Jim today about it and have priced up the BFD with Stanton R/A Motor, power cables etc for US$2635. And what do I think of the Stanton motors? I use them on the Jimmy Jib with video / film with no problems, and several Steadicam Ops use them with the Zoom / Focus Control.

My plan is to also buy the gimbal mount focus control (I think its $75?) and mount it on my gimbal next to the Bebob Zoe (which I use for Zoom Control). This means for not only do I have full control at the gimbal, but when I need it, I've also got a BFD as well.

Cheers,
John Pappas
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#13 Jaron Berman

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 10:07 AM

Yes, turns out that "person" was you. Thanks man, I like the idea of saving $1600 on the motor, at least for now. Besides the fact that it's "nicer," what advantages might there be to the M1 over the Stanton??

Thanks John!!

p.s. hope Cali was good
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#14 JimBartell

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 12:00 PM

First, John has it exactly right. The BFD Stanton modification (changing the maximum motor voltage from 18V to 13V) involves changing one 3-cent resistor. I don't charge for it and would change it back at no charge in the future if you changed the motor you are using.

The M-One is more powerful, much more durable and more complete (more gears, brackets, a motor cable, etc.). It is also quieter and a little heavier. Clients have reported that the Stanton motors are too noisy for sync-sound use and don't hold up very well with continuous usage, whereas you will be able to leave the M-One to your children when you retire. Kind of an economy car vs. luxury sedan.

Jim "addicted to car analogies" Bartell
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#15 Jaron Berman

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 01:34 PM

Cool, thanks for the quick response. And Jim, as soon as the wallet allows, I will be turning over a couple paychecks to you. Appreciate the help guys
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