avg. center post length
Posted 18 March 2004 - 07:58 PM
Now i am wondering how long some of you normally have your center post for the majority of your operating.
I will start this off with 21 inches because thats the apx. length of my fixed post and i can not change this without a trip to the machine shop.
But how long is your rig's post normally?
lets see how the numbers look...
[i measured the rig's post only. I do not include the battery and electronics in this length]
Posted 20 March 2004 - 10:52 AM
I flew a stock 2 for about a year and a half, then converted to a solid single post/3A gimbal/donkey box. When I went to the pro, it was like starting over. The 2 was very long and heavy,the pro was short and light. I really missed all that mass, but not all the up-keep.
Posted 25 March 2004 - 12:10 AM
Thanks for the tip on getting a little more post length out of the Model2. I have been thinking alot about turning this baby into a chopper, but then again i have been thinking about it for over a year and a half now. The idea of screwing with somthing that is working... i just do not like the idea. But i have this 7inch LCD all ready for the day this green screen goes off to steadicam heaven.
I hear you on that extra mass from the long sled of the Model 2.
I am a little fearfull about loosing it because most of my work has been on Triax gigs. That streched out mass really helps me out when i got that umbilical cord coming off the camera. But then it is "good luck kid" if i ever need to do a whip pan!
So how long did it take you to forget all that extra mass in you operating?
Posted 29 March 2004 - 12:13 AM
Posted 04 April 2004 - 04:20 PM
I actually never got over the difference in mass/length...I bought one of Greg Bubb's monitor brackets to place the monitor about two inches farther out, which requires the batteries to be pushed nearly all the way back. I like the feel of the rig when it's extended like this -- also, flying with a recorder adds a little bit of needed mass to the bottom.
I actually still have that sled, it's complete except for the missing topstage (I sold my 1st gen donkey-box to Mr Brown a few years back for one of his sexy new contraptions).
I can try to dig up some pictures, but it looks the same as Jim Muro's 2 sled in the articles on "The mighty Quinn" and "Predator 2" -- there might be a picture of it in the archived Steadicam Letters or American Cinematographer.
Posted 23 April 2006 - 01:01 AM
Only for bigger puppies like the 535, Millenium, F900 and the like I have to lengthen it to 18 or 19 inches.