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#1 Ramon Engle

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Posted 19 June 2004 - 03:52 PM

Just got one of Stanton's gimbal mounted zoom controls. Plugged into a fuji Wide Angle and the lens began to slowly drift in. I cant' determine what the issue is. Stanton is suggesting resistance is the issue. Anyone have this experience or one similar?

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#2 Richard W. Davis

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Posted 19 June 2004 - 06:20 PM

Ramon,
I think there was a small pot to adjust as I recall(I could be wrong) or if you have the handle set to the canon on fuji or vice versa it can do that as well. Good luck,

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#3 Chip Monk

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Posted 19 June 2004 - 07:35 PM

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Rich,

What kinda Zoom control are you using now?

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#4 Ramon Engle

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Posted 19 June 2004 - 07:39 PM

The pot sets the focus stops on the lens. I don't believe there is an adjustment for the zoom control(at least not in the manuel). I had it set for a fuji lens. So..........???????????????
Thanks for the reply. Why are you an EX stanton owner? Something better out there? I own a full Preston setup but live to tape and broadcast events have different requirements. You know.


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#5 Lawrence Karman

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Posted 19 June 2004 - 07:55 PM

I had the same problem once. There is an adjustment pot located just above the zoom rocker button. Remove the 5/64 Allen Screw. Under it is the internal pot. Insert a plastic screwdriver. Turn it one way or the other until the zoom stops creeping. This will nil out the offset. Careful putting the allen screw back. If you go too far it may fall in. Stanton has a manual page devoted to this exact situation which they no longer feel they need to include with your payment of $1900??????
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#6 Ramon Engle

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Posted 19 June 2004 - 08:53 PM

Lawrence thanks. I sent an email to Stanton about the problem and they mentioned nothing about the zoom pot! I can't believe they didn't!
How long have you owned your controller? Any tips or tricks?


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#7 Lawrence Karman

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Posted 19 June 2004 - 11:18 PM

Yeah, their customer service is quite lame. They copped some serious attitude when I questioned why that info was not included with the manual. Had it for about a year and while I don't do a whole lot of video I could not imagine doing it without one. Only had a zoom drift once. I did replace the screw with plastic knob on the gimbal handle with an allen head bolt. Uses the same wrench as the rest of the sled and it keeps the stanton control from shifting once you find the comfortable position.
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#8 Richard W. Davis

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Posted 19 June 2004 - 11:45 PM

Lawrence,

Thanks for remembering the exact procedure, I had forgotten that it was hidden. I was pretty sure that it had that adjustment but I think I only had to do it once.

Chip,

I switched to a Preston Micro Force for Steadicam which I find is a little more ergonomic . Downside I cannot eaily change zoom speeds on the fly(but I rarely would). I always thought that the big handle of the Stanton got in the way of my monitor. But, I can't talk to the truck by hitting return, and it doesn't have built in focus....But I prefer to ALWAYS have my trusted assistant there pulling focus so I can do longer lens stuff with impunity. When backed into a corner, I can use my BFD with it's little gimble mountable roller knob for presettting focus marks...definately not the best way (one man band)but in a bind can work if you can think ahead. Thanks Jim for that little gem.

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#9 Bryan Trieb SOC

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Posted 20 June 2004 - 02:37 AM

Ramon.....ever tried the J-7 zoom control?
I've also used the Stanton unit in the past and don't much like it....but really dig my J-7......try it out!
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#10 Ramon Engle

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Posted 20 June 2004 - 08:29 AM

Bryan, I've never used the J-7. I do like having the options the Stanton unit gives me. I've also gone to mounting the unit on the gimbal handle(I have Gregg Bubbs Ergo handle) with a padded hose clamp and running black tape around it(stealth mode).
This mounting lowers the profile and is extremely stable. Stable enough to operate the sled from the Stanton Controller.
With the J-7 how do you switch from a fuji to canon lense? Is the J-7 still manufactured?

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#11 Bryan Trieb SOC

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Posted 20 June 2004 - 11:24 AM

When you purchase the J-7 you would get 2 different cables...one for Fuji and one for Canon...I believe they are still available from Tiffen....look up Frank Rush's contact info and you should be able to get one. Sounds like you have a good set-up that works for you with the Stanton...which is what it all comes down to....if we like it and it works for us and we can execute the shots that our directors want .

Cheers!
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#12 Chip Monk

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Posted 20 June 2004 - 01:11 PM

Rich,

Is that a full size Micro Force? Or is there another.

I just got a Zoe II from Band Pro while I was out there. It's pretty sweet, and it fits right on the yoke with no modification. And the calibration pot is accesable on the outside of the unit with a jewelers screwdriver. I haven't had to adjust it yet, but only having tried it on a Canon lens.

I guess it's a phone call to Jim to get one of those Focus thingies soon.

Take care,
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#13 Fred Davis

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Posted 30 June 2004 - 01:37 AM

When you purchase the J-7 you would get 2 different cables...one for Fuji and one for Canon...I believe they are still available from Tiffen....look up Frank Rush's contact info and you should be able to get one.


What am I, chopped liver?! :P
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#14 David Allen Grove

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Posted 30 June 2004 - 08:51 AM

I just received an accessory price list from Tiffen (for insurance purposes).
The J7 cables list at $250.

Of course it's always wise to shop around before purchasing.
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#15 Bryan Trieb SOC

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Posted 30 June 2004 - 10:16 AM

Fred.....sorry man!!! Send me a catalogue and I'll make it up to you by purchasing one of everything you sell. ;)
But seriously now...I've heard great things about Fred Davis and I'm sure I'll be contacting you for stuff at some point...apologies for my oversight!

Cheers!

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