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#1 Simon Ng

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Posted 18 May 2015 - 03:40 PM

I was thinking get a wireless FIZ system.

 

ARRI:

WCU-4

SXU-1 (for DIT station)

ZMU-3A & WZE-3(for camera operator)

UMC-4 or EMC-1&cforce(for Red Dragon)

CLM-2 or 3 or 4

UDM-1 (for me)

 

OR

 

Preston:

HU3

FIU (for DIT station)

DMF2 & RMF (for camera operator)

MDR3 (for RED & ALEXA)

DM4X

Cinetape (for me)

 

 

 

Need advise please.........

 

 

 

 


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#2 Neal Norton

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Posted 20 May 2015 - 06:45 AM

Preston.


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#3 Simon Ng

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Posted 22 May 2015 - 05:45 AM

Hi Neal,

 

Any reason why ?

 

Appreciate it if able to answer me reason.

Thanks

 

Best

Simon


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#4 Neal Norton

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Posted 22 May 2015 - 08:48 AM

Hi Simon:

 

The Preston FIZ is the most used wireless lens control system and is the first choice of most A/C's. 

 

The FIZ is accurate, robust and reliable.  It would be very unusual for an FIZ system to be rejected as a rental in favor of another system.

 

If you were to ever sell your FIZ there is a ready market for used Preston Systems.

 

Neal


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#5 Rob Weidner

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 02:57 AM

Simon,

 

Both units are incredible and have their own pros and cons.  The biggest difference I see in the two units is simply geography.  In the USA, Preston is standard.  If you are in Europe, then WCU4 would be more common.  I do like that I can control the entire Arri camera with the WCU4 which is something that isn't possible with a preston.  At the same time, Arri makes cameras, lights, support equip, etc whereas Preston only makes WFF units.

 

Rob


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