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#1 Adam Tyler

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 07:55 PM

I was wondering if you guys know of a way to find out what a camera weighs before I take a job. I have a flyer and I know it can take 5 to 15 lbs.
I dont want to take a job and get on set and find out I dont have the right equipment. to be specific will an Arri SR2 work with my flyer? I hear a F900 stripped down will go on a flyer but how stripped down. thanks for the help
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#2 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 01:55 PM

I was wondering if you guys know of a way to find out what a camera weighs before I take a job.

Hi Adam - What I started doing was downloading all the PDF manuals to the most popular cameras and keeping them in binders. The manuals usually have all the tech specs including weight. Whether its a Steadicam gig or not, if its a new camera or updated model for me I study the manual before the gig and I always take the binder with me on-set. The same goes for accessory items but those manuals are harder to come by.

I never tried the F900 when I used to own a Flyer but I did fly a Varicam on it one day. It was totally stripped and totally bottomed out and it was very difficult to balance; I never could achieve dynamic balance with it. That was just my experience though, maybe someone else here has had better luck with it on a Flyer.

Does anyone know of a resource for downloading manuals on the various film cameras?

Best of luck to you!
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#3 Matt Burton

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 03:46 PM

Their is no way your are going to fly a 900 with the flyer or even a 750 for that matter.
I've tryed the 750 (without viewfinder and battery) and it bottoms out the arm as soon as you start to add weigth to the bottom of the sled to counter ballance the camera. Of course this is all with a standered zoom lens, you might have some luck with a mini35 and a light wide angle prime but I doubt it.
Also the gimble on the flyer just inst up to flying heavy cameras, that combined with the small post all adds up to a pretty unpleasent experience I can tell you first hand.

Good luck with it and don't be shy to hire a bigger rig if you need it.
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#4 Jaron Berman

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 04:06 PM

cinematography.net has a pretty decent selection of film camera manuals, as well as larger video cam. manuals.
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