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#1 Luca Rechsteiner

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 05:27 AM

Hi guys,
I hown the Steadicam new pilot and I am asked to use it with a camera equipped with the mini35 lens system. The problem is that probably this system will overcharge a little bit my arm.
What are the consequences? Is that bad for my steadi or it will just decrease the stability of the shot?

Thank you very much Leo
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#2 James Elias

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 06:29 AM

Hi Leo:

If the arm fails to support the load then you will find operating difficult if not impossible depending how high over the limit you are.

If you are over the limit of your system then you could be putting several components at risk, not just on your arm but on the vest and sled too.

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#3 Dave Gish

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 06:42 AM

Hi Luca,

The Steadicam Pilot arm has 2 blue thumbscrews to adjust arm tension. You generally adjust these screws until the arm is level.

If the weight is too heavy, you will turn these screws all the way until they stop and the arm still won't be up to level.

I've run my Pilot up to around 11 pounds and the arm was able to level, so there is a little extra buffer here, but beyond that it just won't fly.

Also note another issue with using a 35mm lens adapter - you need a good wireless follow focus system (not cheap) and a good AC person to run it. You may also need an HD wireless video system and monitor, depending on who is pulling focus. So using a shallow depth of field on a steadicam is not trivial even if you can fly the weight.

Given the added cost and complexity of a wireless follow focus system, using a large DOF for steadicam shots may be the only option for many no-budget and student type projects. If you can convince the director / DP to lose the shallow DOF on the steadicam shots, then just leave the lens adapter off. Other than lowering the light, and some very slight softening of the image, the lens adapter just gives you a shallow DOF. A lens adapter doesn't fundamentally change the image, so shots with and without a lens adapter should work together in the same project. On sticks, a shallow DOF allows you to focus the viewers attention on a particular subject. With a steadicam, you can use movement to focus the viewers attention on a particular subject. Obviously, it would be nice to use both movement and a shallow DOF, but no-budget and student type projects may force you to choose between the two.

Edited by Dave Gish, 30 July 2008 - 06:44 AM.

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#4 Erik Brul

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 06:47 AM

Hey Dave.. i think we found now our own extra extra PILOT expert... :P
Every question about the PILOT, we will all say... ask Dave !! :lol:

Good stuff mate !

Best, Erik
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#5 Kris Torch Wilson

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 02:40 PM

I try to over charge as often as possible and will continue to do so until the producers catch me.

Torch
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#6 Rob Vuona SOC

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 02:43 PM

I try to over charge as often as possible and will continue to do so until the producers catch me.

Torch


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Very Strong Chris . . . .Very Strong!!

Hey are you shooting that Mariah thing?
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#7 Kris Torch Wilson

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 02:59 PM

I try to over charge as often as possible and will continue to do so until the producers catch me.

Torch


LOL . . .hahahahahaha . . . .LOL . . .hahahahahaha . . LOL . . .hahahahahaha . . LOL . . .hahahahahaha . . LOL . . .hahahahahaha . .

Very Strong Chris . . . .Very Strong!!

Hey are you shooting that Mariah thing?



Yep, Doing a dolly imitation I think. Will be a zoo.

Torch
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