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#1 GrahamRobbins

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 04:45 AM

Hey all,

So I am still young but I have been working for 2 years now freelancing myself out as a cinematographer and getting some decent paid work. One of my best friends since we were kids is actually one of my go to operators for larger scale stuff. We have been talking about picking up a Steadicam package and using it as a second income, and a way to sub rent to the productions I am Dping to make more off them.

However my problem is that for the kind of money we would be spending on a Steadicam, that can fly the cameras we use regularly like a loaded red one, I could buy my own red one package, which is very appealing to me seeing as I personally love the crisp image of the Red. (Also its good to note that I am a shooter and shooters like cameras...)

So I'm curious to hear your thoughts on this, Should we invest in a nice Steadicam setup that will last us longer? or should we pick up a Red. Or is it dumb of us to even want to invest in gear.

I like to be on top of technology and try new things my only concern is we will spend a ton of money and all the sudden what we have is out of style.

Thanks guys,

Graham Robbins
www.grahamrobbinsdp.com
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#2 Matthew Parnell

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 12:18 PM

You really have to look at gear purchase from a dollar and cents point of view.

Do your maths on initial outlay vs rental income vs running and maintenance costs vs realistic lifetime of the equipment(both before breakdown and becoming obsolete)

Whatever is going to get you the greater return over time is probably the way to go.
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#3 Chris Keth

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 06:48 PM

ALso consider the learning curve of operating steadicam. You won't be in any shape to make money professionally as a steadicam operator for some time.
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