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Old June 1st, 2009, 12:36 AM   #1
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J. Michaels Type-S Jib - Anyone?

I just read this review over at DV Magazine, as I've been making the comparisons in the vast fields of $2k jibs.

In Review: J. Michael Media Type-S JibChuck Gloman, Chuck Gloman, Chuck Gloman

It reviews the J. Michaels Type-S Jib. Though it doesn't pan from the head, it does tilt and I really like the quick setup and the custom case it comes with for the price. We shoot extreme motorsport events (Rally America series) and a quick setup/takedown is worth everything to me. Also, one unit for multiple lengths is an added benefit.

Also looking at the Kessler, but there's plenty of feedback on that unit already. So I don't really need any input there. Anyone have any experience or even heard of anyone that has used this Type-S unit?

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Old June 7th, 2009, 10:31 AM   #2
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I use a Kessler but looked at/tried many before buying and it suits my needs. My only observation not having used this model is the lack of ball leveling. I tried the Long Vallley Seven Jib (Long Valley Equipment | products) and the EZ Effects Jib. Both were portable and both offered half ball camera leveling. The EZ Effects also can take a motorized pan/tilt head if needed. They are all the same size collapsed.
The issue with all jibs is the same. You need a good tripod to support the weight. Most people I know are not using heavy duty tripods as part of their camera kit. I for example have a Sachtler DV 4 and would not put any jib on it. I also have a Video 18 head and it can handle the jib as can the legs but I don't need a tripod that is setup for a 30 pound camera for my 12 pound one. Sure you can find a compromise but just something to consider. I will be looking for a more portable jib in the near future, though my Kessler goes everywhere with me right now and will be flying to Barbados on tuesday. They will have a small version out on the market soon. YouTube - Pocket Jib? (prototype) & Pocket Dolly? Update There is also the Advata-Jib lite that gives you another option.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 01:49 AM   #3
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We bought the Advanta-Jib. Just arrived yesterday. Hopefully we'll get some time to get it together and try it out next week. :)
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cool. did you get the full 10' kit? I find the advantajib much easier to control with the full 10' and loaded with weights. Inertia seems to help quite a bit. in 4' mode, i find it needs a much more delicate touch. Curious if you'll find the same thing.
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cool. did you get the full 10' kit? I find the advantajib much easier to control with the full 10' and loaded with weights. Inertia seems to help quite a bit. in 4' mode, i find it needs a much more delicate touch. Curious if you'll find the same thing.
We'll be using it for the first time this weekend at Portland international raceway -- shooting the Rose Cup Races. Went with just a single extension to get started (7'). Good to know you liked it at maximum extension though... i was curious about that.
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