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#1 Oscar Godfrey

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 03:48 PM

Hello there,
I currently have quite a heavy duty tripod but the head is not nearly sturdy enough for my arri 16bl. I have seen quite a few mounts like this in books but i don't know what they are called.
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This looks like the sort of thing i need, could someone explain to me what it is called. Also if anyone has suggestions for something else that makes a good head/mount please give me some details.
Thank you,
Oscar.
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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 04:12 PM

It's a gear head, commonly used on 35mm cameras, but also used on 16mm dramas. It's operated by turning two wheels, one for the pan and the other for the tilt.

The BBC used Ronford F4 fluid heads with the Arri 16BL. You should be able to get one for a good price, they were extremely well built. Most 150mm bowl fluid heads should handle the 16BL.
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#3 Oscar Godfrey

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 04:46 PM

Thank you. I had a look at the ronford f4 and it does look very well built. I do like the idea of having wheels to control the pan and tilt though, it seems a lot more precise. When i search for gear heads, I mostly get results for smaller units for video use, is there a more accurate description or brand name that would make my search easier?
Thank you.
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#4 Oscar Godfrey

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 05:02 PM

never mind, i have found quite a bit of info now thank you.
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#5 Joseph Carney

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 01:54 PM

never mind, i have found quite a bit of info now thank you.



btw, thanks for the book reference, I'll have to buy that since Kubrick is one of my fav film makers.
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