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Old September 4th, 2008, 10:03 AM   #1
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Using XL H1(A/S) on a Steadicam Pilot

Has anyone tried using an XL H1, XL H1A or an XL H1S or even an XL2 for that matter on a steadicam Pilot? I know the speks for the pilot states that it can handle the weight BUT does it do a good job with that size of a camera?

Can't really afford the flyer.

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Old September 5th, 2008, 01:08 PM   #2
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It's rated for 10lbs....If you keep the camera stripped (no on-board,matte box,follow focus), you'll be fine. The Flyer is rated to 18lbs but the price goes from around $3700 to about $7000.

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Old September 5th, 2008, 04:13 PM   #3
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I have used my XL-H1 on my pilot 4 times now. (Just got the pilot 2 weeks ago and been busy shooting other tuff)

I took of the veiwfinder and mic and added some weights to the bottom part and it´s very close to the limit of what the rig can handle, but due to this it´s very smooth to operate as opposed to a lighter set up.

The pilot handles the camera very well (I have used it with an EX-1 as well)
I can really recommend the Pilot for you, it´s an excellent piece of equipment for the price. Feels totaly professional.

I also didn´t find it too difficult to get the dynamic balance right either, and reading different forums I was really worried about that.

Go a head and get it.

PS I should add that I use the AA-batteries, not ID-X or other. This takes some weight away
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Old September 5th, 2008, 10:33 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info Joachim, thats exactly the feedback i was looking for to help make a decision, now all i have to do is save up a bit more money and just buy myself the pilot.

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Old September 6th, 2008, 01:41 AM   #5
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I'm happy to hear that. I have to admit I was worried the first time I tried to set up the arm and had to turn the load springs almost to the max to make it "fly" and not drop. But it turned out very well. I advice you to buy a stand as well, otherwise it is very difficult to. Set it up. I ordered a afeasizfand from b&h, but got a c-stand instead by mistake. Both works, but steadistand is lighter.
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Old September 7th, 2008, 08:29 AM   #6
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I bought the pilot and almost immediately traded it in for the Flyer, which is, as you know, more expensive but infinitely better.

IT TAKES TIME to learn to operate a Steadicam. My DP went to a Steadicam Bootcamp and told me that almost everyone had models from the Flyer upwards.

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