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#1 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 27 May 2008 - 12:00 PM

Hello,

I'm considering the XCS Ergo Handle. What does it change in your operating or setup procedures?

What do you like or not like about it?

Thanks,

Jens


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#2 Charles Papert

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Posted 27 May 2008 - 12:52 PM

Hi Jens:

Like many, I circled the Ergo handle distrustfully for years before diving in and overall am delighted with it.

For me, it places the wrist at a more comfortable angle (sort of like those Perfect Pushup devices) and allows it to visually clear the monitor so I have a better view. It also can be used right-side up for low mode as it is long enough to clear the camera body without needing an F bracket.

Downside is that it weighs more, and the non-symmetrical shape makes it tough to feed onto the balance pin when holding the rig with both hands as it wants to flop over (I've learned how to manage it but generally it's easier to have the assistant guide it onto the pin for you).
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Posted 27 May 2008 - 09:51 PM

Yeah, I love it too - for all the reasons Charles states. True, it adds a bit of weight....

"and the non-symmetrical shape makes it tough to feed onto the balance pin when holding the rig with both hands as it wants to flop over (I've learned how to manage it but generally it's easier to have the assistant guide it onto the pin for you)."

Hummm..... I always end up putting a knee under the sled (while resting that foot on the leg of the stand) as I move one hand to the Ergo handle placing it on the pin.
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#4 MarkKaravite

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 10:12 PM

I totally agree with Charles & Alec. I have been using the Ergo handle for 4 years. It especially shines when you go to low mode, and have the same gimbal feel as high mode. Another point not mentioned is the fantastic service XCS gives to every one of their customers. Gregg Bubb reacts as fast and as well to problems as anybody in the business. Great products and great service. What more can you ask for?

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#5 WillArnot

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 10:00 PM

Can't agree more w/ the Gents here. Love the extra view of the monitor the ergo provides. Amazing what a big difference a little bend can make.

I will point out however, that on the last movie I had two sleds built. One in super low mode - it was a movie with a lot of dogs and kids. On the super post I had a regular XCS gimbal handle with the F bracket.

For my 6'6" height the F bracket set up does buy me some critical inches in low mode. But like Mark pointed out, unless it is imperative that I get to ankle bone height (the mag hit the ground w/ the super post set up) I love the fact that I have the same gimbal feel in both Hi and Lo mode due to the J bracket set up.

Can't say enough about XCS and Mr. Bubb. One of the most rewarding business relationships I've had. The combination of exceptional gear quality and supreme customer service is 2nd to none in our industry.

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#6 Niko lasarte

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 05:59 AM

Anybody can upload any picture the Ergo Handle in low mode?
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#7 Erwin Landau

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 01:25 PM

Anybody can upload any picture the Ergo Handle in low mode?



Here we go...

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#8 Richard James Lewis

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 07:27 PM

Have you got anything a little more obscure? ;)

Anybody can upload any picture the Ergo Handle in low mode?



Here we go...


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#9 Erwin Landau

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 08:39 PM

Have you got anything a little more obscure? ;)



Yes, but I couldn't find it that quickly... :rolleyes:





PS: I'll look through my archives... man way to many pictures. 10'000 plus and counting....
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#10 Erwin Landau

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 10:44 PM

It's hard to find one were it's all about the Gimbal...

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#11 MarkKaravite

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 10:49 PM

Hey Jens,

I forgot to mention that I carry both the XCS Ergo & regular handle. Switching handles takes about 10 minutes. I had a shot yesterday moving through a trailer where the doors were 27" wide. I switched from my Klassen to a PRO vest, and went back to the regular handle. I was able to move through the tight spaces fairly easily. At lunch I went back to the ERGO for some low mode work in the afternoon.

It's a cheap date to have both on hand. You never know when it can save you.

Mark
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#12 Erwin Landau

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 10:51 PM

Okay... of course I had to take the picture myself...

Here my friend and A cam op Jesse Feldman, trying his hand on my steadi.


Invert the Sled, add a J-bracket and you get lower but still have the same handling and feeling...


As always, everybody's own... works for me.

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#13 Erwin Landau

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 11:08 PM

And here in regular mode...

It pushes the rig further out and places your operating hand a little farther away from the gimbal, making nicely a whole to see your monitor better...

Works for me, might not work for you.

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#14 JobScholtze

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 07:47 AM

It's hard to find one were it's all about the Gimbal...

Can you still see a clear vieuw on your tb6? It looks like its a difficult angle to watch the frame. Just curius.

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#15 mark morgan

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 02:48 PM

It's hard to find one were it's all about the Gimbal...


wheres the pole!!!!!!!!
oh its in your hand erwin lol
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