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#1 Tom Upton

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 09:49 PM

HI everyone. I've been a reader for years but rarely post. I have a Masters Series Elite and have been bothered recently with clients using tiny HD and miniDV cameras like the 100A. I never liked de-tuning the arm so I was always experimenting with gaffing AB batteries or even sand/shot bags to get the weight into a usable range. ( remember when we used the wire-thin BNC cables to save an ounce?)

Anyway, I've worked out a simple system and was wondering if anyone would be interested should it go into production. Or offer any feedback. Basiclly it's stackable weights threaded in a standard Sony quickrelease pattern. The top plate has an aluminum platform with recessed quarter-twenty screw to mount the camera. By stacking the weights I can get a comfortable working weight for different cameras like the XL-2, GYHD200, 100A etc.

The plates are steel so they are compact but I have also considered making then longer and thinner to aid dynamic balance. I have different length counter sunk screws to match any combination and it stays tight ( no sloppiness) and doesn't raise camera too high. I'll get a few pictures if anyone's interested.
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#2 Lukas Franz

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Posted 12 April 2007 - 05:47 AM

Hello Tom,

to see some pictures of your invention would be interesting :rolleyes:

Cheers, Lukas
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#3 Tom Upton

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Posted 17 April 2007 - 09:33 PM

I'll try to have some by this weekend. ( and inspite of what it says about me I have been a member since the early 90's.)
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#4 Tom Upton

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 08:54 PM

Hello Tom,

to see some pictures of your invention would be interesting :rolleyes:

Cheers, Lukas



Lukas,

I hope these photos fit.
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#5 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 09:00 PM

Hello Tom,

to see some pictures of your invention would be interesting :rolleyes:

Cheers, Lukas



I wouldn't call a weight plate an "Invention", But I hear MK-V is applying for an international patent on it
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#6 RobVanGelder

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 09:51 PM

It's one way of solving the weight-problem......


and Eric, I will still sell my solution where ever the patent comes from.
They cannot catch me as Thailand is famous for it's copying..... :lol: ;)
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#7 Tom Upton

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 10:45 AM

It's one way of solving the weight-problem......


and Eric, I will still sell my solution where ever the patent comes from.
They cannot catch me as Thailand is famous for it's copying..... :lol: ;)


I admit it falls short of the wheel and I'll never hear from those Nobel guys, but I have heard from two interested operators already. ( Which is actually two more than I expected.) Anyway, I can beat any shipping costs from Tailand!
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#8 Lukas Franz

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 05:46 PM

Hi there.

I always use the weight plates of my old Glidecam V-8. They're pretty helpful and fit on every top stage. I've got some different sets of plates taped together for any individual assignment with a small camera.

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