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Larry Rutledge
08-17-2008, 08:46 AM
Vance Jib: Background and Review
by Luis Caffesse

Click here to read the full article (http://www.dvxuser.com/articles/article.php/13)

Jeff Anderson
08-17-2008, 09:02 AM
Great article Luis, I'd been looking forward to seeing your write up for a while. Sounds like the perfect jib for a one or two man crew. Any reason you couldnt mount this on a tripod with 75mm bowl (using an adapter of course) - miller solo dv if it matters? Thanks for sharing the experience, just may have to get one of these.

Luis Caffesse
08-18-2008, 12:45 PM
Any reason you couldnt mount this on a tripod with 75mm bowl (using an adapter of course) - miller solo dv if it matters?

I don't see any reason why that would be a problem.
Glad you found it helpful.

Bucknfl
08-18-2008, 12:53 PM
Anyone renting or buying a jib, don't forget to get wheels for your tripod, it makes it so much easier and safer to move around.

mcgeedigital
08-18-2008, 01:05 PM
Nice review.
What is the max weight on that bad boy....can it fly a HPX500?

Simon Höfer
08-18-2008, 01:35 PM
Great article Luis! Now I want that thing :crybaby:

Luis Caffesse
08-18-2008, 01:48 PM
Nice review.
What is the max weight on that bad boy....can it fly a HPX500?

Weight capacity is listed at 55lbs, so you shouldn't have any problem with an HPX500.
If you doubt the weight capacity - check out the photo on the cineventions website.
I wouldn't recommend trying that yourself...but it can definitely take 55lbs.
:)

SPZ
08-21-2008, 10:20 PM
Luis, great article. Did you actually take some shots with the Jib fully extended? I'm looking for a Jib myself, and currently I'm deciding between the Vance, the Kessler Crane and the Microdolly Jib. The Microdolly is way much expensive than these, but I've been very happy with their lightweight dolly- a trully guerrila gear.

Just some more added visual info would be great- how does it tilt, is the camera head/jib movement fluid, etc...

Luis Caffesse
08-21-2008, 11:00 PM
I do have some shots I took with the jib that were from projects I used it on - I suppose I should have thought of pulling those out and posting them.
:)

Give me a week or so and I'll see what I can do.
I'm prepping to go out of town for a few days on a shoot right now.
I'm not certain I have a jib shot from the highest point booming down to the lowest (or vice versa) - but I'll see what I can dig up.

The movement from the jib's fulcrum is absolutely silky smooth - no wiggle at all (as it should be). As far as the smoothness of the camera head, that's all going to depend on the quality of the head you put on it - I had my Bogen 516 on there and it moved as smoothly as it does on the sticks.

As far as comparing it to other jibs - you may want to check out the comparisson matrix on the cinventions site which lists the specs of a bunch of jibs out there.
Dan Vance posted about it recently:
http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?t=143608

SPZ
08-22-2008, 05:47 AM
Luis, definitely looking forward to your footage. Posted on Dan Vance's thread, too.

Hunter Hampton
08-22-2008, 01:30 PM
Just wanted to say that Dan was kind enough to let me use a prototype of the VanceJib and it was a great jib then. This production unit looks like a major improvement on an already great product. I keep on saying this but The next fat check I get, I am throwing down on one of these jibs. Good work!

Dan Vance
08-22-2008, 11:59 PM
Just wanted to say that Dan was kind enough to let me use a prototype of the VanceJib and it was a great jib then. This production unit looks like a major improvement on an already great product. I keep on saying this but The next fat check I get, I am throwing down on one of these jibs. Good work!

Thanks Hunter! I have one in a box ready to go with your name on it!
:)
Dan

ryvac
06-10-2009, 01:04 PM
Hi, I've been reading/searching about the VanceJib but does anyone know how the VanceJib does the manual tilt function?
I read that it goes directly to the tripod and I don't see no tilt arm so how would you tilt it?

Jason Adams
06-10-2009, 06:34 PM
The vance jib only booms and swings. there is no way to execute a tilt of the camera head from the jib.

Last I spoke with Dan he was getting a remote pan tilt mechanism together, but its still under development.

VANCE jib is very cool.

DEPTH OF PHIL
06-10-2009, 07:58 PM
Great article, are using standard legs for the base in the picts. You must have to sandbag it down! Cheers?

ryvac
06-11-2009, 01:18 AM
Thanks Jason,
I must look for something else then.
a tilt function is a must for a jib....:(

Jason Adams
06-11-2009, 10:29 AM
I went to NAB 08 to find a jib. Vance was my favorite but I did not need tilt.

I really likes the Type S jib as well. Similar in build to Dan's but has remote tilt.

https://typesjib.jmichaelmedia.com/indexsecure.php

Also ezfx.com has a jib with a pan tilt mechanism you operate from the front of the jib. Its pretty cool also.

Leo Versola
11-01-2010, 11:49 AM
Couple of recent pics of the VanceJib in action. It's been rock steady on a Kessler K-Pod with various camera rigs from 15 to 50 lbs. Incredibly fast and easy to set up on location.

I must also say that it's been a pleasure working with Dan Vance. I needed a couple of minor modifications which he worked with me to have done quickly. His customer service is absolutely top notch and matches the great workmanship of the VanceJib.


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Al MacLeod
11-02-2010, 09:38 AM
That's one heck of a rope tied to the camera on pic two...

Gweilo66
12-31-2010, 12:04 PM
Bring on the footage. Can anyone "edumecate" me on how much is lost with a non-tilltable jib?