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#1 Katerina Kallergis

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 02:56 PM

Hello all you wonderful, helpful steadicam ops out there!

I am extremely happy to tell you I am the proud owner of my very first rig. I also got my hands on a BFD system with M1 motor. My question to you all is: How do I go about mounting the motor to my Masters sled? The amazing Jim Bartell suggested rods that mount to the dovetail (available through Tiffen?). It was also suggested that I ask you all for some feedback.

Thanks again,
Kat
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#2 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 05:29 PM

You can attach rods to masters plates, but a better solution in my opinion is to get an XCS plate. It's more rigid and easier to mount rods off of.

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#3 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 07:06 PM

"How do I go about mounting the motor"


While the above options are viable in most cases, its really a good idea to keep a bag of goodies around for odd lens configurations. At the very least, keep some "dog legs" (motor off-sets) and various length rods. Better still, buy virtually everything on Jerry Hills web site! (http://www.steadimoves.com/parts.html)

Of course, these bags can add up to a few thousand bucks easily, but.... welcome to Steadicam!
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#4 Katerina Kallergis

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 10:37 PM

Thanks so much. The links and info have been very helpful!!
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#5 Amando Crespo

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 10:49 PM

Thanks so much. The links and info have been very helpful!!

You can also use the camera bars and attack camera up-side... May be you need a U-Clamp,
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#6 MarkKaravite

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 08:57 PM

Hey Kat,

I agree with Brad that the XCS plates are great. I own 2. I just wasn't sure if they were compatible with the Master's dovetail. Owning a PRO, I know they work perfectly with the DB1, 2 or 3. Maybe some Masters / Ultra owners could chime in and confirm whether a XCS plate works with Tiffen dovetails.

You can always call Gregg Bubb at XCS direct at 805-531-0014. Dogbones are also a great suggestion. Jerry Hill makes one that is 19mm on one side & 15mm on the other. Combine the 19mm - 15mm dogbone with 2 reducers (5/8 for Panavision & 15mm) and some spare 15mm rod lengths, and you can pretty much mount an M1 anywhere.

Take care,
Mark
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#7 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 08:46 PM

Maybe some Masters / Ultra owners could chime in and confirm whether a XCS plate works with Tiffen dovetails.

Take care,
Mark

They sure do. I fly a Masters and my plates work great.
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