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#1 Dave Gish

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 08:09 AM

I just ordered more Pilot screw-on weights. I'm hoping this will make it even more stable. By adding weight to the stage, I can lengthen the pole and still keep the same camera height. That's the theory anyway. Also, a heavier sled should have better inertia with the arm.

I ordered 8 of the heavier middle weights (Tiffen part # 801-7920-05). Each middle weight is 4 oz, so 8 weights is an additional 2 pounds. Total cost was around $50 ($6 to $7 each).

The smaller rounded end weights are 2 oz. Together with the middle weights included with the Pilot, the total weight will be 9.5 pounds (6 pounds camera & battery + 3.5 pounds screw-on weights), which is just under the limit for the Pilot.

I also pre-ordered the EFP Training DVD (Tiffen part# DVD-200504).
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#2 MattDavis

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 09:52 AM

How's it going with the extra weights?

IIRC, I read elsewhere here that not only do you get more inertia, the rig becomes less bouncy. Is this is what you've found?

If flying a Z1, would you think it worthwhile to get 3-4 lbs of weight from the get-go?
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