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Old March 18th, 2004, 09:59 AM   #1
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dvx 100a and steady cam jr

Is the 4.4+ pound dvx to heavy for the steady cam jr which is rated for 2 to 4 lb cameras?
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Old March 18th, 2004, 05:32 PM   #2
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Old March 18th, 2004, 10:08 PM   #3
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Go for Glidecam 2000 Pro if you're in the market for the lower priced mini dv steadicams.... it can easily support the dvx100a - I have this combo and it works well, it's just tough on the shoulders.. :)
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Old March 19th, 2004, 02:05 PM   #4
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Old March 19th, 2004, 02:24 PM   #5
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Terry,
Some have a lot of trouble balancing the Glidecam.
And look again at the photo of it. Note the offset
handle. That is going to create wrist fatigue.
This is one thing that's nice about the JR: no
offset.
If I were you I would take a look at the
Hollywood Lite models before going with the
Glidecam.
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Old March 21st, 2004, 10:12 AM   #6
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Thanks Dave I really wish the dvx would work on my jr so I don't have to buy another one. It's always something
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Old March 21st, 2004, 11:08 AM   #7
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You have a JR already? Have you tried putting the
DVX on it? I did read of a fellow who tried
using a DVX on a JR and that the JR broke
off at the handle and the cam
crashed to the ground. Steadicam company told
him they take no responsibility
because the DVX exceeded the
weight limit.
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Old March 21st, 2004, 11:46 AM   #8
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Yes I do and I have been using a Canon A1 Digital ( which is really analog ) anyway I am trying to decide between the dvx and 170. The dvx is 4.4# and the 170 is 3.3#. I really like the JR so even though it looks like I will be heading towards the 170 I was really trying to justify the dvx to have the progressive scan. I dont know what you shoot but do you think it is worth buying another stabilizer to handle the weight of the dvx just to have the pano. Thanks again Dave TL
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Old March 21st, 2004, 12:15 PM   #9
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I had the JR and liked it, too.
Hi8, huh? I have a Hi8 that just went out.
Sony TR101.
My girlfriend really liked that camera, moreso than
the number of minidvs we have sitting around.
Took some nice-looking footage, in some ways
better than DV.
Terry, what you want to do with your cam
would determine which is the best for you.
So what do you want to do? Indie film? Events?
Nature? Family get-togethers?
Just so you know (and some may differ in their
opinion on this, but I have to pass along my
opinion): the PD is too heavy for the JR.
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Old March 21st, 2004, 03:24 PM   #10
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Well the things I shoot so far are the kids snowboarding while I lead or follow with the jr., sporting events, fire line action weddings etc. usually the things I shoot so far I like to move with the action. The things I would like to do in the future are comercials, training videos, etc. The style I do now lends itself to use the jr. so hearing that the pd might be too heavy is a heart breaker. The last thing I had on it was a gl1(as my A1 has developed jerky video) but I think it is only 2.7#, but it worked fine. Do you think the pd will break it or just be too top heavy?
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Old March 21st, 2004, 03:49 PM   #11
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Sounds like you'd be best off with a PD.
For one, the rapid auto focus would come in
handy for the action stuff, and for steadicam
work, and for weddings.

You can read about my experience with the JR here.

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...threadid=18341
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Old March 21st, 2004, 06:11 PM   #12
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Dave that was a terrible story about the jr. I sure hope that doesn't happen to me. Im guessing that the 20 deg. tilt put the gimbal too far back caused the latch to give. You know when skiing the rig takes a lot of G's in turns and stops. Thanks for the imput and the opinion of going with the pd. I sure appreciate the help. TL
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