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#1 david richards

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 11:27 AM

I'd like to add a dolly to my equipment package. I have seen the Cameleon dolly, but have
never worked with one. The boom feature is attractive because it puts it a step above a regular
doorway dolly, but if it doesn't work well (or reliably) then I am probably better off simplifying
things and going with a regular doorway dolly.

Anyone have experience with the Cameleon? Likes? dislikes?

I know a Cameleon is no Chapman, Fisher, Panther etc., but the market where I work will never
support the investment that one of those dollies would require, so it's mainly a budget choice.

I'd love to here any opinions on the Cameleon.

Thanks,

David Richards
Director of Photography
South Dakota
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Posted 16 October 2007 - 01:55 PM

I'd like to add a dolly to my equipment package. I have seen the Cameleon dolly, but have
never worked with one. The boom feature is attractive because it puts it a step above a regular
doorway dolly, but if it doesn't work well (or reliably) then I am probably better off simplifying
things and going with a regular doorway dolly.

Anyone have experience with the Cameleon? Likes? dislikes?

I know a Cameleon is no Chapman, Fisher, Panther etc., but the market where I work will never
support the investment that one of those dollies would require, so it's mainly a budget choice.

I'd love to here any opinions on the Cameleon.

Thanks,

David Richards
Director of Photography
South Dakota



The cameleon is no longer manufactured. It is a small step above doorway dollies.
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#3 Emmet Cahill

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 07:25 PM

Don't do it david!!! I have used a Chameleon and if you want a nice feathered jib, Don't go anywhere near it, i used to help out at the local film school when i was Trainee Gripping they had a cha' cha'melon, an Elemack and a Fraser Dolly .,
The Elemack first got rented on a Charlie Chaplin film and was in a mess, the Fraser was built like a World War 1 Tank (But worked great once you worked it out, but the Cha' Cha melon was like a Horny Rabbit on Acid.

Stay away from it, buy a Ratchet strap and a Rabbit instead, You will get the same results.

Emster

I'd like to add a dolly to my equipment package. I have seen the Cameleon dolly, but have
never worked with one. The boom feature is attractive because it puts it a step above a regular
doorway dolly, but if it doesn't work well (or reliably) then I am probably better off simplifying
things and going with a regular doorway dolly.

Anyone have experience with the Cameleon? Likes? dislikes?

I know a Cameleon is no Chapman, Fisher, Panther etc., but the market where I work will never
support the investment that one of those dollies would require, so it's mainly a budget choice.

I'd love to here any opinions on the Cameleon.

Thanks,

David Richards
Director of Photography
South Dakota


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#4 nhan mynhung

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 04:38 AM

Hi,

please contact me and I'll help you find a reasonable dolly for your budget.
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