Handheld Arri 3
Posted 27 February 2006 - 05:21 PM
Posted 27 February 2006 - 09:30 PM
So what we did is take some really long rods (probably 2 ft long) and mount them so that they stuck out as far as they could behind the camera. Then I laid two shot bags on the back of the rods and gaff taped them so they wouldn't move around. This allowed me to put the rods on my shoulder, and the weight from the shot bags gave the camera balance. I think I used some duvytene folded up as a pad for my shoulder. Some kind of pad is very important because the rods will really dig into your shoulder and collarbone.
This is not the most graceful solution, but it worked for me. The Arri 3 is so front heavy that without this fix my arms were shaking like crazy after 20 or 30 seconds holding the camera. This fix makes it a much heavier camera, but the balance really saved me. Without that fix I wouldn't have made it to lunch.
I think this description makes sense....if not I'll try to explain better.
Posted 27 February 2006 - 10:25 PM
Posted 28 February 2006 - 05:44 AM
I can't imagine that the eyepiece could be far enough forward to make this camera come even remotely close to balancing. I've never used that "hand held" door, so I could be wrong, but the way the camera normally balances makes me really doubt that there is such an easy fix as this. Anyway, good luck.
Call around to your local rental houses. There is a door made for hand held use with a higher and forward eyepiece and accessory handles also. get 200 ft mags or low profile 400' mags. Its not that bad if you can find the proper accessories.
Posted 02 March 2006 - 02:04 AM
i shot hand held arri 3 for a long feature.
find this mag 400 ft profiled it's definatly the good one. no way to go with a regular mag
it's the same problem for the 435 and this old mag fits on it as well.