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    Has anyone flown an F35 before?

    What was your setup?

    What would you recommend as a lower budget option?


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    Quote Originally Posted by rbirnbaum View Post
    Has anyone flown an F35 before?

    What was your setup?

    What would you recommend as a lower budget option?
    Iíve flown it.

    If you can find one, the Raptor is about the best bang for buck... but it is also a good rig.


    In a stripped down 10bit mode, or a mini modded F35, you can go with a Zephyr.

    With a prime lens, i was able to fly one on a glidecam V25.


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    Quote Originally Posted by James0b57 View Post
    Iíve flown it.

    If you can find one, the Raptor is about the best bang for buck... but it is also a good rig.


    In a stripped down 10bit mode, or a mini modded F35, you can go with a Zephyr.

    With a prime lens, i was able to fly one on a glidecam V25.
    Thanks James, I'll check those out.


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    There are several other alternatives, like some of the off brands on ebay.

    The tiffen Aero30 arm might fly, and you could demo one in NY.

    The cheapest possibility i’ve seen is a glidecam V16. I’ve not used one yet, but they are bery cheap for the amount of weight they cna handle. But if you run the battery down on the lower sled stage, could work out.


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    The Goidecam X22 may be a good alternative, as well.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F254301821744


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    Quote Originally Posted by James0b57 View Post
    The Goidecam X22 may be a good alternative, as well.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F254301821744
    Thanks james, really appreciate your help on this. Will check it out.


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    You mean Glidecam, right?


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    Quote Originally Posted by rbirnbaum View Post
    Has anyone flown an F35 before?

    What was your setup?
    Can't resist this one...here's the F35 on my old Steadicam, back in 2008 when the camera had just been introduced. Having flown the Genesis since 2006, I had my methodology down of keeping the massive tape deck off the camera and in a backpack, so I was always tethered by two not very flexible BNC's. We were still two years off from the Alexa changing the game to internal recording for good (yes, the Red ONE was around but I saw it on very few high end sets for various reasons).

    F35full.jpg

    F35right.jpg

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    andybarker.jpg

    Looking at these pictures, there was remarkably little mounted on the camera. It's fun to see the little Modulus transmitter mounted on the right side of the body, this was a few years before the first viable HD transmitter (Camwave) and I'm a little curious where the downcoversion to standard def is happening in these setups. It was during this show that we got one of the very early Decimator units but I don't see it mounted on the rig.

    This picture was a promotional one I did for Decimator (then called Redbyte, as can be seen on the box), I became a distributor for them around this time.

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    I stopped doing Steadicam a few years later so I'm not in great position to advise on the low budget options any more, I haven't kept up with the alternative rigs. It is best to get a rig that can easily handle the load you are planning with some wiggle room so you aren't struggling if a heavier lens or additional accessory needs to be added. Older offerings from Steadicam (Tiffen) or PRO should be looked at. Most important factors are the gimbal and arm--the notably lower cost rigs will often be deficient in the performance of one or both, with the overall rigidity (to avoid vibrations) and ease/speed of adjustment as additional factors.
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    Thanks Charles! That’s quite the setup there. With the Solid State recorders we can really strip this camera even more. I mean you have the side and top handle at the same time! I would be shooting 10bit 422 so no iF Box... but yeah man, those photos are so awesome. Thanks for sharing your insights. Do you remember the steady you were using in those instances?


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    That was the last iteration of my personal rig before I sold it in 2011, it had evolved over the years with parts from several manufacturers. About half and half PRO and XCS parts, with a customized lower junction box and battery hanger. Klassen vest and PRO arm. It was a very good rig!

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    With the camera being brand new, we had a lot to learn about configuring it. Plus there were far fewer manufacturers making accessories then, so the choices were basically whatever the rental house had on hand for other cameras. This is a bloody mess, but at least it is entertaining:

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