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G50 Arm with light cameras?

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#1 Dave Young

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 11:43 AM

Anyone using a G50 arm with a 10-12lb camera without a practise cage or extra weight?

The spec for the G50 says 10 lbs minimum but does it really work at the bare minimum? We have recently changed our cameras from full size DVCPRO to the Panasonic HVX200. The arm on our Glidecam Gold (which has a low-end spec of 13 lbs) does not like light cameras. Even with all the accessories and an AB TrimPac mounted on a Zacuto rail system taking the HVX 200 up to 16.2 lbs the Gold Arm doesn't work as well as it does when loaded up over 20 lbs.

We won't be switching cameras again anytime soon so our choice is to switch to the G50 arm if it likes 10-12 pound cameras or replace the the complete Gold rig with a Steadicam Flyer (or two).
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#2 Jerry Holway

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 01:34 PM

G-50 arm goes down to 12 pounds TOTAL load with virtually no change in performance... so with your sled, batteries, and 10-12 pound camera... you're completely good. No, great, with a huge boom range to boot.

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#3 Hervé Colosio

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 03:02 AM

With the G50 and a master series (transvideo lcd and 2 PAG batteries), we have used from the jvc gyhd111 to the sony hdcam 750 with chrosziel mattebox,french flag , 2x m-one motors and 2x bartech receptors , the 750 viewfinder and 3 pags on the sled . The g50 works fine in both way and have keep reserve of weight in the 750 setup. In the light setup the g50 have keep the same reactions, boom range and ultra smooth moves.
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#4 Anders Holck Petersen

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 10:12 PM

I can only support the claim that the G50 arm works as advertised: reliable and smooth over it's entire range.

In my experience you will have to put more effort into perfecting your stance, footsteps and moves, when flying the light rig. It gets very delicate.
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