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Old February 10th, 2004, 09:16 AM   #16
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Here is my rig. It's been modified a bit since this was taken, so it's a bit more dramatic, but in the photo this is the matte box setup, the ma-200 and the manual 16x (which is a must have)
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Old February 10th, 2004, 09:47 AM   #17
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Looking nice John! What did you change after this?
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Old February 10th, 2004, 05:15 PM   #18
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Hi Ed,

thanks for the comments!

The UW100 receiver indeed adds some weight to the tape door. And indeed, you have to be carefull when changing tapes: when the rig is on a tripod, and while ejecting a tape, just hold the UW100 so it doesn't 'snap' open too quickly. That way, the strain is greatly reduced.

The straps holding the cables in place, fall just besides the door covering the tape controls, so they are still accessible without any problem.

This setup has proven to be a true workhorse, beating many big bucks Beta teams in the heat of the action. I can be very quick, have everything with me, so my reporter doesn't have to wait when he/she wants to put a mike under someone's nose!
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Old February 13th, 2004, 02:28 PM   #19
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John nice setup,

The Ma200 looks a bit sad on its own :( Any accessories for that?

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Wheres the pics with the mini35 attached to the camera - I don't see any yet. Don't be shy...
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Old February 13th, 2004, 11:23 PM   #20
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The sad thing is.. i dont have a digital camera anymore to take pictures.. maybe i can point my rig at the mirror and try to catch it's reflection at an angle.

BTW, I use the Matte Box from CaVision. It's the cheapest one that has 4x4 filter holding stage (one rotating). One note, keep tightening the screws on it , because youlll be sad if it comes a part. For the price it's great and functions well, but it isn't super sturdy over time (vibrations, transporation) and screws seem to shake out of it.
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Old March 2nd, 2004, 02:11 AM   #21
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Nothing Special...

..about my rig except I designed an adapter to use bayonet mount lenses with my xl1. It was just finished tonight so I gave it a try. images at

http://www.quicktel.com/users/archamian/adapter.html

The sun was quickly setting so most of the pics are in the dark. I'll post some better ones once I get a little time behind this setup.

The xl1 side mount is one I ordered from the factory. The rest was machined at a local shop to my specs out of aircraft aluminum.
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Old March 3rd, 2004, 10:00 PM   #22
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And now, for something completely different!

Another day at the office. Here are some different configs.

We configure our XL1s cameras in quite a few ways to suit the job at hand.

http://home.mindspring.com/~ricks-pics/

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Old March 3rd, 2004, 10:09 PM   #23
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A poor XL1 alone in the gas...
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Old March 4th, 2004, 12:56 AM   #24
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DAMN RICK!!! That's some pretty cool setups!

Patrick, nice adapter! Can't wait to see more comparison pics. Please include side by side pics too.
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Old March 4th, 2004, 06:03 AM   #25
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Rick: which shoulder support is that? Nice setups indeed!
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Old March 4th, 2004, 10:11 AM   #26
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The shoulder mount was made by Studio 1, in Orlando, FL.

http://www.studio1productions.com/

I don't think they make it for the XL1 anymore as they did not have a great demand for them. I begged them to build two of them for us and they just happened to have extra sets of the proper rods to do so, we got lucky.

The zoom controller is a VZ Rock from VariZoom.

http://www.varizoom.com/controllers/rock.php

The rig is very comfortable, especially if you have someone pulling focus for you.

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Old March 6th, 2004, 11:05 PM   #27
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Underwater Housing

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How well does that underwater housing work? How deep can you go?

Thanks
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Old March 7th, 2004, 01:01 AM   #28
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Although we have them for the XLs, the TRV-950s and the VX-2000, we don't use the EWA for underwater work. We use them to protect the equipment as well as the tape, which becomes evidence, during Haz-Mat documentation.

We have Gates Housings for the Panasonic AG-EZ30 and the SONY TRV-950. This pretty much covers any of out deepwater shooting needs. They are phenomenal!

In the "Real World", the EWA bags ARE used for underwater work. A little ungainly but great for the weekend warrior that wants to shoot UW every couple of leap years.

I CAN say that the EWA for the TRVs and the VX-2000 are allot more comfortable to use than the one for the Canon, and, if I am not mistaken, they are rated to about 35-40 feet!

Not to shabby considering that they are really nothing more than glorified sandwich bags with attitudes!

Let me know if there is any other UW questions I can help you with.

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Old April 21st, 2004, 03:26 PM   #29
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Here's my set up. I'm a bit of a newbie to this level having only goofed around with Sony PCx's up until now.

My editing is done on my Apple G5 using FCP4. I'm trying to break into semi professional work. I'm working on a short promo flick for a local Go-Kart track presently which is going pretty well. Fingers crossed I can get some more knock-on work from it.

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Old May 4th, 2004, 08:21 PM   #30
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Patrick, I am totally fascinated by your set-up.

What lens are you using?

Please tell us as much as you can about this, the DOF in those pics looks fantastic.
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