Posted 29 April 2009 - 07:28 AM
Any ideas out there? The ABC 100 is good but is heavy to transport, the Microdolly also looks good, has anyone ever used their cable driven powerhead.
Thanks in advance,
Posted 29 April 2009 - 04:36 PM
It should have a long reach.
This is not specific. A "long reach" varies depending on who you talk to and the application it is needed for.
Also, the longer the reach, the more metal there is, and the heavier the whole system is going to be to transport. Hence your problem with the ABC jib.
That being said, check out the jib options from EZFX, with their MC100 head. It can be built in different configurations, has an optional extension kit, and is EXTREMELY easy to put together. You can get the whole thing with the remote head for under 5K, I believe.
Posted 29 April 2009 - 09:29 PM
How big do you need, because thats going to determine what ratio jibs are available to you.
Posted 30 April 2009 - 01:24 AM
I will have a look at the EZFX jib, if it takes the payload then it could certainly be an option.
Posted 30 April 2009 - 11:49 AM
As you know, balancing using the crate is ideal for remote locations. My A.C. became extremely accurate at predicting the proper amount of sand and/or rocks to use. The bag that is included in the kit ripped pretty early on (that's the only piece in the kit that failed), so we substituted it with a dry bag, which was bomber the entire shoot.
If you plan on using the jib with standard sticks or legs, make sure they are a beefy set.
I hadn't used a cable driven head before this jib. Obviously it's not the best compared to a Power Pod, Scorpio or other fully remote electronic head, but it got the job done. We weren't doing extremely complex shots with it. It looks like the new head that Microdolly sends out now has a power option.
Posted 30 April 2009 - 09:35 PM
Posted 01 May 2009 - 12:02 PM
Jake what rig were you using on the Microdolly cable head? Could you use the cable drive with a F900/HJ11 combination? I guess this is around 17lbs/8kgs.
Posted 01 May 2009 - 01:58 PM
They rate the head at having a 45lb capacity. This might be true, but I think the performance and precision of the head diminishes as you near
that limit. I'd keep your camera as light as possible.
Michael Jacob Kerber
D.P. / L.A.