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#1 Luke Prendergast

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Posted 15 December 2005 - 06:24 PM

I'm considering this as an alternative to the baby, medium, tall legs set. The single pillar instead of 3 legs would make manoeuvering big moves less of a dance. Not so adjustable for very uneven surfaces but I can work with that. If you have any thoughts I'd like to hear them.

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#2 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 15 December 2005 - 11:05 PM

I just worked with a bazooka a month ago. It was fine. The DP likes it because Panavision will always throw one in for free with the rest of the package. Plus, it can fit into tight spaces. I'd prefer to have legs, but I wouldn't be horribly upset to have to use a bazooka.
I think the price on the one in your picture is outrageous though. If that's the price then just go find some legs.
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#3 Chris Keth

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 01:11 AM

Seems nice for tight spaces but it doesn't look as stable as stick would be at all but very low heights.
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#4 John Allardice

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 01:41 AM

IIRC, far back in the mists of time, it was pretty handy for mounting a mini-jib on, but it's also a damn sight heavier to lug around than a set of sticks.

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#5 Laurent Andrieux

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 04:18 AM

Yes, John is right. This is used on a Dolly for setting the camera higher, or/and when you have down/up shots where you want the lower position upper than normal (I mean without) or for putting a mini-jib on.

It's much heavier than a tripod, not so easy to set the proper height (especially when you want to set it upper, you need to take the camera off). And you certainly won't be as stable

It's defenetly not designed to be used instead of a tripod.

Te only use I see is for a certain shot where you could not put the tripod...

I once used a mini jib on a bazooka on a basis like this, with my students, just because they didn't want to carry the Panther on the set, and honestly I didn't liket this mounting too much... (didn't have a problem though)...
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#6 Mitch Gross

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 11:31 AM

If you're looking for a less pricey bazooka setup, check out Losmandy, makers of the Porta-Jib. The big use I have for these rigs is for big wrapping pans where I'd have to step over the legs of the tripod. Much easier to step over the bazooka legs. But you damn well better put some sandbags on it or there could be a very expensive topple.
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