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#1 Jeff Blugrind

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 03:52 AM

I just ordered the new Steadicam Pilot which comes with everything but a stand. My camera fully loaded is only 9 lbs, the Pilot and arm are probably 10 lbs each?

I don't need the burley stands that the pros use but would like something well built. The Pilot collapses into a backpack and carry all the gear. Since I do not have a cart or an assistant, the goal is to find a stand that collapses easily and is light weight. The Steadicam Steadistand is a perfect perfect example of portability, but I am looking for something a bit more rugged

Your suggestions are appreciated.
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#2 Matt Burton

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 04:49 AM

I just ordered the new Steadicam Pilot which comes with everything but a stand. My camera fully loaded is only 9 lbs, the Pilot and arm are probably 10 lbs each?

I don't need the burley stands that the pros use but would like something well built. The Pilot collapses into a backpack and carry all the gear. Since I do not have a cart or an assistant, the goal is to find a stand that collapses easily and is light weight. The Steadicam Steadistand is a perfect perfect example of portability, but I am looking for something a bit more rugged

Your suggestions are appreciated.


The Tiffen SteadiSTAND would be fine for you, it handles the flyer more than adequately and you will be dealing with less weight than a typical flyer setup. I've never had a problem with the SteadiSTAND and I'm pretty sure the only thing more rugged is a pro stand thats gona be way to heavy for a backpack surely ?
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#3 Tom Wills

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 10:32 AM

I've found a good stand for a pretty inexpensive price - an Impact 9'6" heavy duty lightstand from B&H. It only runs around $40, and is really quite solid. I haven't done much yet other than hanging some weight on my dock on it, but it seems more than adequate for a small rig like a Pilot.
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#4 Jeff Blugrind

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 01:00 PM

I've found a good stand for a pretty inexpensive price - an Impact 9'6" heavy duty lightstand from B&H. It only runs around $40, and is really quite solid. I haven't done much yet other than hanging some weight on my dock on it, but it seems more than adequate for a small rig like a Pilot.


I did not think about using a light stand.... hmmm. Would I need a sandbag?
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#5 Tom Wills

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 02:19 PM

It would probably have to be a reasonably heavy-duty lightstand, most are only rated to around 15 pounds, and aren't that sturdy with that much weight on them in my experience, but a heavy-duty one like the one I mentioned should work. You may want to sandbag it for safety, especially if spin balancing, but I'm not sure - I haven't used it with a fully built sled yet.
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Posted 27 November 2007 - 05:12 PM

It would probably have to be a reasonably heavy-duty lightstand, most are only rated to around 15 pounds, and aren't that sturdy with that much weight on them in my experience, but a heavy-duty one like the one I mentioned should work. You may want to sandbag it for safety, especially if spin balancing, but I'm not sure - I haven't used it with a fully built sled yet.


Yes sandbags are a good idea but you don't want to be putting them in a backpack ?
I still don't see whats wrong with the steadistand ?
Gongrats on getting the pilot by the way :)

Edited by Matt Burton, 27 November 2007 - 05:14 PM.

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#7 chris fawcett

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 05:55 AM

I agree with the Steadistand. It's light, stable, and looks good too.
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#8 Jeff Blugrind

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 02:21 AM

Looks Like the Steadistand will be my choice. I was concerned about its durability. Before I order, does anyone think this is a better choice...

http://www.bhphotovi...ight_Stand.html
http://www.adorama.com/AEA450.html


Also, what size/weight sandbag should I get for this or the Steadistand, with the Pilot and HVX200?
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#9 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 03:43 AM

Before I order, does anyone think this is a better choice...

Those stands look too small. The base is too small so it will not be very stable, and they don't look to be tall enough.

As long as you have a sturdy stand I would think that a 25 pound bag would be sufficient. If you want to be extra careful or plan on leaving the rig with camera on the stand while you are away from it you may want two 25 pound bags. If I were buying a bag I would personally look for a shot bag instead of a sand bag, but that is just personal preference. Also try to get it in colors that won't easily be confused with the grip departments sand bags.

~Jess

Edited by Jess Haas, 06 December 2007 - 03:48 AM.

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#10 Jeff Blugrind

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 04:05 AM

Thanks Jess. I'll order the Steadistand tomorrow.
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