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#1 Clay Hammons

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 02:58 PM

There are several different lengths available 3", 12" , 18" etc. How do you choose which ones you need for which situations? Initially I am only going to purchase one and am wondering what I should go with.

Thanks in advance!
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#2 Allen Achterberg

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 05:38 PM

There are several different lengths available 3", 12" , 18" etc. How do you choose which ones you need for which situations? Initially I am only going to purchase one and am wondering what I should go with.

Thanks in advance!


I would rarely use a 3" except in some tight handheld situations like walking through a party type scene anything longer might get in the way, the longer lengths are important for walking alongside a dolly or small jib work. Dont over think this, if you are in a situation where your hand cannot reach the follow focus, an extension should be available to help you get control of the follow focus unit again. that's how you choose
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#3 Tom Jensen

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:40 PM

Which one works best for you? That's the one.
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#4 Clay Hammons

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:44 PM

thanks guys! :)
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#5 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:29 AM

Just don't go cheap and get the RedRock ones. They're far too flimsy and springy, so you don't have precise control over hitting your marks. The ones I've used even curl up if you got any quick pulls.
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#6 Jonas Fischer

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:16 AM

I have found that the Redrock 12" whip works pretty good, (though i haven't worked with any other whip). It's not too "springy" and my focus puller has hit the marks every time.
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#7 John Waterman

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:08 AM

I second this: Please do not buy the redrock whips. I consider them worse than nothing at all as they are far too bendable to have any accuracy. Arri ones are good.

Just don't go cheap and get the RedRock ones. They're far too flimsy and springy, so you don't have precise control over hitting your marks. The ones I've used even curl up if you got any quick pulls.


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#8 Aaron Francis Farrugia

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 08:08 PM

I use an 8 inch one nearly full time
i find it puts me in a better position as i tend to stand back more next to the operator so im able to see all the details on the lens flick my eyes up to the monitor which i place closer to the front of the camera facing back towards the operator and also flick my eyes across to set to see the action that were pointing at....
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#9 stephen taylorwehr

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:16 PM

yes, no red rock. 12" is pretty standard. i've been rocking out with the 3" lately and love it! it's perfect but it's more of a luxury item. buy the 12"
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