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#1 Chris Cummins

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 12:55 PM

Hi

I am a new operator and i writing a report on camera stabilisation and i am trying to find out what all you prefessionals think is the best equipment out there to use, what good whats not. any oppinions are welcome.

i have been on the MK-V workshop so i am quite Bias towards there kit so any comparison would help my project.

is the G70 Arm Better then a PRO, is there a better arm


thanks

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#2 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 01:45 PM

Chris,

Most of us use pieces of kit from different manufacturers on our rigs. There is no "best" piece of kit - there is only the kit that works best for you and suits how you like to work.
There are plenty of threads on this forum already discussing each manufacturers pros and cons. Do some homework and im sure you'll find enough information for your report.
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#3 joe mcnally

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 06:34 PM

is the G70 Arm Better then a PRO, is there a better arm

Baer Bel's arm is a worthy contentender.

Perfect kit ?
Pro arm/Baer Bel/Ultra
Pro Sled/XCS
TB6 monitor/Tiffen ultrabrite
Klassen vest
Baer Bel docking bracket
Magliner steadi cart
PAG Batteries and chargers
Bebob zoom
BFD Focus kit
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#4 Steve Fracol SOC

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 10:22 PM

Chris,

I second Mr. Murphy's opinion of research the archives. Tons of info there.

I doubt you will ever find that any one manufacture wins out over any others. Some much better than others for sure but it is always a matter of opinion. Some people like gear that is basic hardware that will not brake while others live on the cutting edge of technology. I have one sled on the edge of the latest technology and the other is just hardware that always works. For me it is a great combination. My second rig also works great as a light weight running rig/live show rig.

What it tends to boil down to really is not only the gear that works well for each of us but which manufactures have the best customer service. That is a HUGE issue for us. When your gear brakes and you can't make a buck, you tend to stick with the manufacture that saved your butt in a hurry. That said, I built a second rig so that if and when I have problems I can continue to work while one rig is getting repaired. I do not like to be forced to depend on anyone that might keep me from making an income.

I have too much gear to list and I don't want to see this thread turn into a mud slinging contest. That could easily happen with a post like this. We have had enough of that this year already.

During your research you might search "customer service"....that could be very revealing.

Kindest Regards,

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#5 JobScholtze

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 03:17 AM

Steve is right, there are many pieces of equipment to make a choice from. Dont listen to much what others fly, its all personell at the end.

It took me some years to figure out what i wanted, i still do from time to time. You see? Joe is saying that he finds the Baer Bel's arm is a worthy contentender. I dont agree with him, not at all. But thats my opinion.

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#6 Amando Crespo

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 06:59 PM

is the G70 Arm Better then a PRO, is there a better arm

Baer Bel's arm is a worthy contentender.

Perfect kit ?
Pro arm/Baer Bel/Ultra
Pro Sled/XCS
TB6 monitor/Tiffen ultrabrite
Klassen vest
Baer Bel docking bracket
Magliner steadi cart
PAG Batteries and chargers
Bebob zoom
BFD Focus kit

Good wishes list for Santa Klaus... If you was a good boy....
But I think that you forget others.....
Be happy
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#7 MarkKaravite

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 10:21 PM

As said before, our gear is so personal, that there are 100 correct answers to this question. The components from the top manufacturers are all very good, so it really comes down to personal preference.

I think one thing we all can agree on is the perfect rig is one that's paid for!

Mark
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#8 Mike McGowan SOC

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 04:12 AM

And while I agree that he should search the site and that everybody uses different equipment and has different needs, I'll throw in my short answer:

PRO.

You can get 100% of the gear you need (save your Preston) from GPI. That?s a high quality top stage, post, gimbal, bottom stage, monitor, batteries, charger, cables, gyros, super post, plates, brackets, screws, cases, vest and arm and they all come from the same place (obviously GPI doesn?t manufacture 100% of that gear on site but you can buy it all from them).

I'd also argue that you can do any show, with any camera (tiny or huge, big budget or small) with a PRO.

You could also find a large percentage of the top Steadicam operators in the world that would agree that the PRO is the best rig made (obviously not all of them but certainly a good chunk).

Finally I'd say that in my personal experience, GPI's service is as good as I've ever had with any product (car, boat, house, dishwasher, et.).

When you start comparing "Ultimate Rigs" your delving into the world of, "what?s better, a Ferrari, a Porsche, or a Lamborghini?". Everybody has an opinion and they all have merit. I don?t think that anybody would disagree that the PRO is at least one of the super cars in that comparison.

Hope that helps,

mm.
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#9 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 04:47 PM

I'd also argue that you can do any show, with any camera (tiny or huge, big budget or small) with a PRO.

You could also find a large percentage of the top Steadicam operators in the world that would agree that the PRO is the best rig made (obviously not all of them but certainly a good chunk).



And I would argue that the XCS Ultimate is the best sled available. It's stiffer than any other rig, has more power and video options and it's for the most part vibration proof.

My ultimate rig?

The XCS Ultimate
Pro arm OR G70
Pro Suit
TB6 monitor or if you are only doing HD the Tiffen ultrabrite
Preston FF if in the States if in europe then Scorpio
Anton Bauer Batteries and chargers


But then again that's the kit I fly. :)
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#10 Mike McGowan SOC

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 11:24 PM

And the previous 2 posts illustrate exaxtly what Stephen Murphy said in the first reply to your post. :P :P :P

mm.

P.S. I think Eric's rig is super sweet as well. There's probably at least one other equally sweet rig (if not two).
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#11 TJ Williams

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 09:21 PM

Hey guys the question is trick..... what is the ulltimate rig the others are just pro n tiffen n baer bel etc etc....
It's secretly you on the internet at last Gregg....
:D :D
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#12 Henry Gelhart

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 04:40 AM

Hey,
in my eyes, the best rig on the marked is the PRO Stedicam. The vest is extreamly comfortable,
the arm (I have the medium sized arm up to 63Lbs.) is perfect and the sled and gimbal too.
But don't forget the Tiffen Ultra Cine2. In fact it is pretty expencive, but it is one of the most professional
rig for heavy cameras...
But I am for the PRO GPI ;-)

Be safe
Henry
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