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    Gini Rig+AF100, having difficulty balancing!
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    Senior Member Jon Furtado's Avatar
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    Hey everyone. Here is my Gini Rig with my AF100 on it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGBuxvvdq-8

    I have heavier glass on this now, (That was a temp lens when I first got my AF100.) My rig is just TOO front heavy. Does anyone else have this rig? How many pounds of weights do you clamp onto the back?

    I've noticed that all the weight kits are SUPER expensive. Are there any decent DIY solutions that anyone has done to balance their rigs out?


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    So you really expect that small counter weight to balance your rig? I would suggest having the camera body straight above your shoulder and place a counter weight as far back as I can for it to make it even with bigger glass in front of the camera.


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    The problem I have with my Gini rig in handheld mode is not being able to get the shoulder pad under the camera. I use the Zacuto universal base plate not the Gini base plate. How do you get the shoulder pad under the base plate?
    I have a DP4 EVF so I can get the camera back farther to balance it out better.
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    I have the Genus rig and doubled up on the counter weight. Although better still not quite there. And it makes the whole rig rather long and heavy. And you need to remove counter weights for tripod operation or rig is insanely back heavy. You are right, I have not found a shoulder mount that allows the shoulder pad to be located directly under the camera which would cure much of the front heaviness. I going to explore the "easyrig" solution, either the "turtle-X" or "2,5". Want a demo with AF-100 first.


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    I use my Berkey rig and you can get it very balanced and comfortable.


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    Quote Originally Posted by editman View Post
    I use my Berkey rig and you can get it very balanced and comfortable.
    Can we see some pics of how you have your rig balanced?

    And for the record, I know the small weight wouldn't balance it. I just had it on there for the video review.


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    Just ordered the Berky "system". I'll shoot a little video review when it comes. I believe the key to balancing the AF 100 is to have the shoulder pad directly under the camera, not behind it. But we shall see. I'm concerned that the lens (I do not use a matte box), Zacuto EVF and pistol grip may still pitch the balance too far forward. And I do not want to have to put 10 lbs of weight on the rear to balance.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Furtado View Post
    Can we see some pics of how you have your rig balanced?

    And for the record, I know the small weight wouldn't balance it. I just had it on there for the video review.


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    I'll share more info about the shoulder rig as soon as I can.


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    Yeah and using an external monitor like a SmallHD DP4 attached to your rails for viewfinder.


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    Pics and info about how I configure my rig for comfortable and ease of use.


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