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#1 Nikk Hearn-Sutton SOC

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Posted 19 June 2004 - 09:41 PM

what is roughly the weight of a sdx900 and has anyone flown yet, the reasom is I might fly one for a feature coming up in 2wks andwanted to know if I'd be able to fly it on my sk2
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#2 JasonMcKelvey

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Posted 21 June 2004 - 10:11 PM

The SDX900 is similar to a Ikegami camera with a BVV-5 back. Your looking at somewhere around 30 pounds with lens, battery and follow focus.
You can download the user manual at the broadcast link at www.panasonic.com

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 08:53 AM

I've got one, and you should be able to fly it on an SK2 without issues. If you're going to have follow focus you may have to remove the viewfinder, but the '900 allows you to output the VF info through the video out, so you can get all that status info on your steadi monitor if you desire.

A really nice camera, by the way. 24p stuff looks amazing.
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#4 Nikk Hearn-Sutton SOC

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Posted 22 June 2004 - 10:01 PM

Thanks I'll be testing it out tomorrow with a Pro 35 lens just to get the feel of it before the actual shoot. BTW does any know or have Robert Luna's ph# I want to see how much he would charge for a modified arm
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Posted 23 June 2004 - 01:49 AM

Thanks I'll be testing it out tomorrow with a Pro 35 lens just to get the feel of it before the actual shoot. BTW does any know or have Robert Luna's ph# I want to see how much he would charge for a modified arm

Check the steadicam guild web site under resources and repairs and mods.
http://www.steadicamguild.net
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#6 Charles Papert

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Posted 23 June 2004 - 02:42 AM

Adding the PRO 35 is going to complicate things, Nikk. Now you are talking adding the weight of the adaptor itself, the cine lens (can range from quite light to quite heavy), a clip-on mattebox (not bad), but also a wireless lens control system if you weren't already planning on flying that before.
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Posted 23 June 2004 - 04:21 AM

Hi Nikk

SDX-900 (one piece camcorder) 6.7kg, P&S Pro35 1.7kg, that is 8.4kg so far, an SKII is rated to 8.6kg and you still need to allow for the lens - Cooke S4's (which work well with the Pro 35) are between 1.5kg and 2.45kg. This is without focus, matte box/shade etc.

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#8 Nikk Hearn-Sutton SOC

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Posted 23 June 2004 - 04:32 PM

With everything mentioned, I not exactly sure on what filters,matte box,ectwill be added. Depending on what is all added, if it is safe for me to fly...I'M NOT there is no need to showboat just because I have the rig!!!! If I can fly I'll fly safe if not then I'm grounded. I'll have to talk to the DP just to get an idea of what all he has planned to put on it before I even make an attempt to do so.
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#9 Charles Papert

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Posted 23 June 2004 - 08:23 PM

Nikk:

Just because I see a potential red flag, thought I would make sure to clarify something here:

I'm don't know what you own for gear, but if you don't have a wireless lens control system this could be a major factor that you don't want to have to deal with at the last minute. All of the other accessories would be "standard" i.e. non-Steadicam specific (mattebox, filters, and STUDIO follow focus). But the lens control system is not likely to be automatically in the order, and you will definitely need such a thing--there is no "set and forget" mode of working with a PRO35 setup, it's just as demanding on the assistant as shooting 35mm (sometimes more so, in that most DP's like to squeeze all the goodness out of the adaptor system by shooting nearly wide open all the time!). And the bottom line is, a decent lens control system is a slightly exotic and certainly not insignificant additional rental on a low-budget project; indeed, they may be already expecting you to provide one with your package.

Again, if this is all things you know (and already own a focus system), please forgive me for stating the obvious. I'm just reading between the lines, and I may be hallucinating!
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#10 Nikk Hearn-Sutton SOC

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 01:13 AM

Charles,

Basically I'm flying blind!!!!! :huh: The DP doesn't know what he's going to have on it including the wireless FF and the shoot is the 1st of next month, luckily, I'm not needed till the 14th-20th and if this keeps up I'm a little skeptical on doing this. I would ATLEASE like to know what they want me to do but instead .... NOTHING
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Posted 24 June 2004 - 10:50 AM

I just finished working on a feature with the SDX900 and the PRO 35 adaptor. It tends to be a bit heavy with everything included (Preston motor, Modulus 3000, two rods to support the PRO 35 adaptor, matte box, wireless reciever for sound, etc...). Like Charles said, we had to fly each lens wide open each time. Also I used my batteries on my PRO sled to power the camera and it sucks batteries dry VERY FAST. I have to say it does fly nice once you get all the bugs worked out and the shots turned out beautiful. It is a heavy camera with everything on it so be prepared!

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 12:32 PM

Hi Guys,

Just a thought.

With a camera capacity of 9 to 19 pounds for the SK2, and the camcorder and accessoris somewhere near the 30 pounds, (say it's as little as 25 lbs), I think Nikk might be stepping in the soup.

Just my 2cents,

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 01:54 PM

Well I decided weighing out all the opinions
(NO PUN INTENDED!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: ) I'm going to have to go with a dual arm. Now here's were it's going to get tricky... What,where and who can I rent one from and who has it. Going to lookin the forum itself to see. any leads would be great. If not.... NO FLY ZONE !!! :( for the benefit of me first and far most and the production.

Nikk" I'm in between a rock and a hard place" Sutton
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Posted 24 June 2004 - 03:16 PM

Nikk,

I just got off the phone with Frank Rush. He confirmed my fears on this one. You could use a ProVid arm with an SK socket block ($8K), or you could upgrade your vest to the ProVid socket block for an additional $1,475.00. The ProVid arm has a capacity of 15 to 26 pounds. Even if it'll take the weight you will probably have to add more weight, (accessories), to the bottom of the sled due to the length of the post. Oh yeah, don't forget to gaffer tape the vest on. With that much weight the vest is sure to blow out.

Bill 'better you than me" Powers
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Posted 24 June 2004 - 04:10 PM

Even if it'll take the weight you will probably have to add more weight, (accessories), to the bottom of the sled due to the length of the post. Oh yeah, don't forget to gaffer tape the vest on. With that much weight the vest is sure to blow out.

Bill 'better you than me" Powers

It's true to put more bottom weight on, but that's easy. ( Extra Battery's )
The vest never was a problem for me. And the 8k is for a new arm i think? Upgrading is much cheaper than 8k.
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