Posted 31 May 2004 - 09:16 PM
Posted 31 May 2004 - 10:10 PM
starting out on a brand new top of the line system (especially if you have not taken a workshop or have been using a Rig) IMO wont give you the experience you will need to maintain it and keep it up when out in the field if/when something happens. used systems need more TLC than their newer siblings and the experience you get working on a used system will give you the knowledge you need when you can get your dream system.
Posted 01 June 2004 - 12:26 AM
Posted 01 June 2004 - 02:25 AM
are u really happy with yours?
its not "no tools" right? u need an allen to change the tension?
does that mean its centre sprung as well? u change tension without a load on?
are u happy?
Posted 01 June 2004 - 03:03 AM
I have 2 Sliver spring arms and they are very well made.
If you would like to try one please let me know.
(I still use my PRO arm - but the sliver springs are very nice - they are for MK-V Hire UK)
Also I will have the silver spring arms on my booth at Cinegear if anyone else would like to try one.
Also in answer to the question by Rush164 - I agree with the other replies - I started with a 2nd hand mk3 (many moons ago) and it did me fine - apart from the electronics.
I still have the arm and vest from that kit as they work very well. As long as the system is reliable and you are happy with it, it does not need to be the latest and greatest.
All I will add is, try and plan for a year ot two down the line - as in what type of work you will be doing then (hopefully) and make sure your system will be suitable for that as well.
If you are intertested, we have devolped a new system called the Genesis for ops like your self, it is a very simple, lowcost and compact sled - but it still uses the electronics from the Nexus system (12v and 24v) and is totally upgradable if needed - I will try and get some photos up on www.mk-v.com as soon as poss.
- just a thought.
Hope this helps
all the best
Howard J Smith MK-V
Posted 01 June 2004 - 05:55 AM
playing with a load of ultras and masters last week..... and i much much prefer my setup.
i suppose if i did want to genisis my rig i just need to replace my cage with new bars.
the silver springs arm takes 13lbs to 60lbs... do u change springs for that? how long does it take?
Posted 01 June 2004 - 06:19 AM
No you do not need to change the springs in the arm - it is just like a mk3/3a - EFP arm - it also has a very nice little tool to make this a lot quicker.
Posted 01 June 2004 - 09:30 AM
i have work 2 years allready with a efp modify by howard and its great..also now that the silberspring its great...
as for HOWARD of MK-V i have to say that he is a great guy ..always help me with any question i have ...and his gear its more than exelent
i have a mk-v and never have a problem ...(one time a broke the internal cable for the mk-v and hi seand me one the next day....i have to say that i live in argentina and howard on machester uk...i think its the more far away place to be from howard) next day i was working ok ,......
Posted 01 June 2004 - 11:10 AM
Who are you? Where do you live?
It's nice to know who we are talking to. Just a user name is so impersonal.
Posted 01 June 2004 - 11:46 AM
I have one of them and all that I can say is:
Not only the arm, the service after sell is wonderfull too.
the better advice:
think all twice.
Posted 02 June 2004 - 08:30 AM
The other side of springiness is the dead feel of the tiffen arms, which feels to folks who have used the classic arms for years like they aren't taking out as much bounce.
Everyone who has been at this a while knows Derrick who has a first cabin reputation
developed over many years.
Buying this cheaper arm will allow money for Preston etc. which will get asked about a lot more than which arm you use.
All The Best on your new career
Posted 02 June 2004 - 10:58 AM
Posted 02 June 2004 - 07:09 PM
I'll second that one. He works magic with both 3a/Master style arms and is a great guy. If you should ever have a problem, turn around time is beyond quick.
You can also try Robert Luna, at 323-938-5659. He builds and services arms, sometimes has some used stuff I think. Good luck, Nick
Posted 02 June 2004 - 11:14 PM
My 2 cents...
(No... I don't work for Markus at Baer-Bel, but I think he owes me a drink for that advert )