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#1 Francisco Martins

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 10:21 PM

I was wondering:

What kind of tripod should I get for this camera?

What kind of sound equipment?

Is a battery pack necessary or can I just use it while powering it from an outlet?

Is a viewfinder extension worth it?

Thank you!~

Edited by Francisco Martins, 22 August 2012 - 10:21 PM.

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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 07:23 AM

Hey Francisco;
The SR1 is a very nice camera, though if you can find an SR2 or 3 for the same price, I think you'd get much more bang for the buck.
That said, I like an O'Connor 50D on O'Connor legs. It's a pretty cheap, very sturdy fluid head. I don't regret buying mine at all and got it for a steal.
I've never seen an SR powered off of mains. Your best bet would be a block battery or two as well as some onboards for when you need to go hand-held.
The VF extension is worth it, if you have a way to mount it to the tripod head, but you can certainly work without it. Mine saves my back a good deal of having to bend over; but in truth I've only used my VF extension (I have an SR3) recently.

Can't say much for sound, I just concern myself with pictures.

Don't forget other important things-- bridge plate, rods, matte box (4x4, says me), follow focus, spare mags, changing tent, cleaning supplies, chamois, cases to carry it all 'round in. ect.
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#3 Matej Pok

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:17 AM

Hi Francisco,
I personally own one SR1, I've also got plenty of accessories, some of them is useful, but not everything is necessary :)

If you want to do slow-motion or under-crank (i.e. to shoot something else than 24 or 25 fps) you need Variable Speed Unit (made by Arri), known as VSU - it's small controller with rotary knob to change fps, but isn't very accurate.
I'd rather use Precision Speed Control by Cinematography eletronics. That's really a good controller and costs usually about 250 USD.

Viewfinder extension is something you can really live without.

But if you want to shoot sync-sound you'd need Barney for isolating sound of camera.

And classic sound equipment:
Zoom h4n or Tascam DR-40 field recorder
Rode NTG-3 or Sennheiser MKH-416 shotgun microphone
Sennheiser ew112p G3 - wireless transciever / receiver - lavalier microphone set (not necessary)
Rode Blimp - zeppelin for mic
Boom pole
and the most important - good field audio mixer - Sound devices MixPre D / 302
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#4 Will Montgomery

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:24 AM

You want a head and tripod that looks heavier than you think you need. :)

The SRs are great cameras but if you are on a tripod you need to lock it down tight as I've found the motion of 400' of film can make the camera move up & down a little on a loose or small tripod head (especially at higher speeds). Not sure what you're coming from but don't forget a changing bag since those loads have to be handled in complete darkness. Although you can use 100' daylight loads if you want/need to. It will make the camera noisier but seem to work ok.

I second looking for an SR2, it's worth the difference in price.
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