Jump to content



Photo

Steadicam JR Lite


  • Please log in to reply
4 replies to this topic

#1 Topper Harley

Topper Harley

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 2 posts

Posted 13 January 2004 - 09:10 AM

Hi everyone.
I am thinking of getting a steadicam JR lite for my dv camcorder, a JVC GR DV-700. On the steadicam website though it says that the JR lite is for camcorders weighting 2-4 pounds.
My camcorder only weighs about 1.7 pounds, maybe 1.8-1.9 if I put a microphone on it.
Will the JR lite still work with my camcorder or should I just not bother getting it?

thanks in advance for the advice.
  • 0

#2 Erwin Landau

Erwin Landau

    Advanced Member

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPip
  • 1699 posts
  • TBD

Posted 13 January 2004 - 03:46 PM

The best way to be sure if it works is to try it out.
Many people could answer and tell you compleat opposite versions of the story. It has to work for you and you alone. Go to your next store that carries them and bring your Camera along. But:

Call Tiffen and talk to them, or:

You can get most prosumer Steadicam models like the JR or Mini through B&H in New York. They have a 30 day return policy. Order it and try it, if it does not work send it back. So you will have a couple of days to experiment.

Just a thought.

Erwin Landau, SOC
www.landaucamera.com
  • 0

#3 charlesneufeld

charlesneufeld

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 170 posts

Posted 13 January 2004 - 04:23 PM

If all you are concerned about is the weight limit, you could get a small steel plate machined that weighs approx 1-2lbs and add that to the camcorder/plate assembly. This will bring it into the proper weight range.

But as Erwin said earlier, give one a try first.

Good luck!
Charles
  • 0

#4 Topper Harley

Topper Harley

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 2 posts

Posted 14 January 2004 - 03:46 PM

New Yorks a bit far for me, a few thousand miles to far since I live in London! I didn't realise this was an American forum. Anyway, thanks for the replies guys. If anyone who frequents this forum knows of any places in london that sell steadicam JR, please let me know.
Also, about adding weight to my camera, would that work? It weighs about 1.8 pounds now, so if I just add a tiny metal weight that would bump it up to over 2 pounds. Is that ok, or would it unbalance the camcorder somehow and stop the steadicam working properly?
  • 0

#5 Erwin Landau

Erwin Landau

    Advanced Member

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPip
  • 1699 posts
  • TBD

Posted 14 January 2004 - 11:03 PM

Topper,

Then I would try Optex, which is the British Steadicam Distributor in London:

http://www.optexint.com/

Address:
OpTex Ltd
20-26 Victoria Road
New Barnet
North London
EN4 9PF

Telephone / Fax:
Main Switchboard: 020 8441 2199
DV Warehouse: 0845 125 9456
Fax Sales: 020 8449 3646
Fax Rental: 020 364 9235

Email:
info@optexint.com


So the rest is up to you...

Erwin"Can't do much more..."Landau, SOC
www.landaucamera.com
  • 0




SkyDreams

Ritter Battery

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

BOXX

IDX

Wireless Video Systems

Paralinx LLC

Betz Tools for Stabilizers

PLC - Bartech

Varizoom Follow Focus

GPI Pro Systems

PLC Electronics Solutions

rebotnix Technologies

Omnishot Systems

Engineered Cinema Solutions

Teradek

Boland Communications