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#1 flemming laybourn

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Posted 16 January 2004 - 04:09 AM

Hello and happy new year to everyone out there!

This is my first posting this year, And I hope some of you might
be able to help me...
I have a MK-V rig and a Master film ( back up ). My problem is that
MK-V do not presently make any Electronic level ( EL ) . and after speak
to the good people at Tiffen, I have decided not to move the EL from my
Master. Question : Only unit I know about is XCS , I would like some
comments from users out there...

Prices..? reliability..? is it compatible with all major systems..?

Best regards

Flemming Laybourn


ps. I have ofcourse also tried to contact the company, but they seem busy
at the moment..
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#2 Michael Stumpf

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Posted 16 January 2004 - 03:53 PM

You said you have an MK-V, but what monitor do you have?

You'd have to give Greg Bubb a call to see if his PDL is compatible with other monitors. It might require a modification to work with other monitors.
The price is $2,700

I have one with my TB-6 and I love it.

I'm a big fan of not having to take your eyes OFF the monitor to "verify" your level. Bubble levels are usually placed just off the viewing area of the monitor, forcing you to look AWAY from the picture for just a split second. And in dark situations, the bubble level is hard to see.

As for reliablility, well, Greg Bubb makes it, not much else needs to be said there. Top notch customer service too.

Give him a call or email him, he might be able to modify the PDL to work with another monitor (I'm guessing since you asked about the PDL you don't have a

Good luck
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#3 Markus Rave

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Posted 17 January 2004 - 10:29 AM

I use a XCS bubble level with a Transvideo Cine II for quite some time now. Since the signal is fed into the live video signal to the monitor by leading it through the XCS I guess it will work with any monitor. Call Greg, he is a really nice guy and will mount any connector you wish. For me he used a single cord carrying the whole signal chain back and forth since I had Markus from BaerBel build a bypass switch and a 5 pin Lemo connector in my rig.
The XCS is reliable and very easy to access.

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#4 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 18 January 2004 - 09:08 AM


Im in the same position as you in that i also use a MK-V sled (with a Mk-V LCD) so i dont have an electronic bubble (and im really misssing it!). In Sept/Oct of last year i rang Marrel about the Electronic level that they are working on and they hoped to have something ready in Jan/Feb 04 so it might be worth your while giving them a call.
Do let us all know what you think of the V2 Gimbal (thinking of buying one myself).
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#5 Christopher T. Paul- SOC

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 09:34 PM

Another vote for XCS/ Greg Bubb's level, never had a problem, adjustable, (you can customize it to respond differently for different situations), rock solid- as is his entire sled. I would highly recommend it.
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#6 Larry McConkey

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 11:13 PM

I cannot endorse any of Greg Bubb's products too highly. Beautifully and carefully engineered with the best support in the business. Worth every penny. I have depended upon his level for years, and when I wanted to run it at 24v+ he developed a new power supply and delivered it in less than a week. Fantastic!!

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#7 JamieSilverstein


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Posted 22 January 2004 - 11:37 PM

Can't say it more simply than this. Greg is great and his products are just as good. No, I'm not his brother in law, just a very happy owner of an XCS Gimbal, Level, and Monitor Bracket. If I had to do it over again, besides coming back as a blonde, I'd buy one of his sleds and monitors, with out hesitation. His service and his attention to his customers is of the best in the business. No operator is too big or too small for Greg to listen to and try to help. You gotta appreciate that.
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#8 charlesneufeld


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Posted 23 January 2004 - 07:10 PM

In my personal experience, Greg has fantastic customer service. Not to forget that his products are all beautifully crafted. You will not be disappointed.
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#9 Guido Lux

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 03:01 PM


You can also contact baer-bel here in germany! They do offer an electronic bubble!
Pretty much the same as gregs. Maybe even a little cheaper?! Maybe worth a try!

Guido Lux
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Posted 25 February 2004 - 02:51 AM

so i'm working with this ultra and it's sexy and all that. not sure the model number, but it's got a fancy lcd monitor with all sorts of bells and whistles.

the electronic level works great when it's in regular mode, but when i go into low-mode (spinning the monitor to keep it upright) the level goes all kablooey. ie: the lines only line up when the sled is on an angle that could only be called level by one of those dudes in the old v8 tomato juice ads.

any thoughts my friends?

jake pollock
taipei, taiwan
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