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#1 Erwin Landau

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 06:50 PM

I was sure that once I would do steadicam for a while and started to get my day rate, I would get the nice equipment that everybody was talking about. Nice lightweight cameras that would just work, fit, fly beautifully...

The following pictures where taken on full paying jobs with a decent budget:

What can I say....

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#2 Erwin Landau

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 06:56 PM

And for that one I had to dig deep in my magic box...

A lot of velcro and zip ties (for the Harddrive) and a tripod adapter (That's what is mounted on top, to connect the ring light).


Oh well...

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#3 Charles Papert

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 06:56 PM

At least it was a Mini35, Erwin, which is considered "professional" certainly compared to some of the 35mm adaptors out there...

Wouldn't you have rather that setup than the 535B you've been flying??!
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#4 Erwin Landau

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 07:10 PM

True...

But with the 535B I'm ready to work in 20 minutes... each of these concoctions took at least 2 hours to get somewhat useable and everybody is looking at you as if you have never seen a camera before...

I thought we were done with the box of parts and full fledged tool kit. Yes I have it with me, but I don't complain if I don't have to pull it out....
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#5 Mike McGowan SOC

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 09:41 PM

I love it how the value of the Preston is more than the entire camera package.


And for what it's worth if it was a one day commercial I'd probably prefer the 535B.
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#6 Charles Papert

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 11:56 PM

But with the 535B I'm ready to work in 20 minutes... each of these concoctions took at least 2 hours to get somewhat useable and everybody is looking at you as if you have never seen a camera before...


And that is why I insist on prepping HD jobs, even if I've used the camera before, as I said in another recent thread. There's always some mysterious new wrinkle (or complete kluge, as Erwin's pix demonstrate) to deal with.

I've never used as much of my "Lego" as the time I had to fly three Preston motors on the same side of a small broadcast zoom with less than an inch between the focus, iris and zoom gears. I think it required at least three tiers of rods and dogbones to get them all in place. A Gordian knot of epic proportion.
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#7 Mike McGowan SOC

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 01:06 AM

when all was said and done, did you actually end up using all 3 motors??? ive set up 3 a few times but i dont think ive ever acutally used all three on one shot.
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#8 Charles Papert

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 04:58 AM

I can't remember if we ended up pulling iris on that particular shot but I have done 3-motor shots with a cine camera and short zoom on exteriors, on the very odd occasion. It would be a cute moment to note if I did such a setup with the lens being controlled in three different places, i.e. AC working focus on the FIZ, DP pulling iris via the single channel handunit and other AC zooming via Radio Microforce (or me with Gimbal Microforce).
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#9 Marc_Abernathy

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 09:31 AM

hey no need to pull iris on these cats...thats what the auto iris button is for.... :rolleyes:

erwin, i understand what you are going thru and im amazed that you guys out there in tinsel town are using these cams..
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#10 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 09:37 AM

Notice the nice gaff tape job... there was simply no real estate there to mount the transmitter. Oddly the Canatrans cost almost as much as the HVX. It flew okay and the imagery was pretty nice considering this type of set up.

Basically we seem to be using these cameras more for their sensors and as a recording device. I've yet to fly the Red but in it's most basic form it is just a sensor in a housing designed to configure and hold the numerous accessories.

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#11 nick franco

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 11:53 AM

Is Tom averting his eyes from the horror?

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 12:55 AM

Is Tom averting his eyes from the horror?

What is that, a cable box on top of that thing? I hope you got the Spice Channel for in between takes....
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Posted 08 April 2008 - 01:18 AM

This should have been an easy set up (I didn't fly with the monitor up there)
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instead it was a real pain... music video looked ok in the end but was it worth the grief?

Edited by Stephen Press, 08 April 2008 - 01:21 AM.

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#14 Erwin Landau

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 01:32 AM

Is Tom averting his eyes from the horror?

What is that, a cable box on top of that thing? I hope you got the Spice Channel for in between takes....




A thing called Hard Drive I believe, or something... Homemade... I'm new at that...
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#15 Andrey Yazydzhi

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 08:50 AM

Is Tom averting his eyes from the horror?

What is that, a cable box on top of that thing? I hope you got the Spice Channel for in between takes....




A thing called Hard Drive I believe, or something... Homemade... I'm new at that...


I can add a photo:

Best.

Andrey Yazydzhi , SOA , russian steadicam operator&instructor ,
yazydzhifilms.com ,
yazydzhi@mail.ru ,
+7 903 7406481.

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