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Old October 28th, 2002, 04:49 PM   #1
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Micro-Jib by Habbycam

Hello all

Question - has anyone out there used this:

http://www.habbycam.com/microjib.html

It looks like an interesting item to do some inexpensive jib work, which I need to do for a project.

Any feedback or recommendations would be great.

Thanks,

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Old October 28th, 2002, 05:12 PM   #2
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Keep in mind weight restrictions

I couldn't imagine supporting the weight of a camera AND the length of the jib with just my hands while working controls.

Also, they note:
The only cameras not recommended for use with the Habbycam Micro Jib Arm are the Canon GL-1, XL-1, Sony VX-1000, VX-2000, PD-100, PD-150. All other small to mid size camcorders will work great.
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Old October 28th, 2002, 09:00 PM   #3
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Yes - I guess it could get tough, and although it won't work with my vx2000, I do have another cam that will work.

But it probably isn't the best investment, but how about it's older brother:

http://www.habbycam.com/superjib.html

Anyone have experience with it, or another recommendation?

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Old January 1st, 2003, 01:42 PM   #4
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I've used that super jib on a local tv shoot. I had never seen one like it before and found it very easy to use. We had a sony vx-2000 up on it. I quickly learned to tilt the camera using the tripod. I hear the footage came out real well but wont see until the show airs. I was thinking of getting myself one.

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Old August 6th, 2003, 03:01 PM   #5
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I know this is an old thread, but how do you frame your shot if your LCD is at the end of an 8 foot pole?
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Old August 6th, 2003, 03:03 PM   #6
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You buy another external LCD and attach it to the tripod...
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Old August 7th, 2003, 05:36 PM   #7
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Is that difficult and/or expensive to do?
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Old August 8th, 2003, 04:31 PM   #8
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4 to 5 inch LCD....

will run you around $300 to $500 and is the only way to go with such a rig.
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Old August 9th, 2003, 12:47 AM   #9
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A cheaper way to go is to use the LCD panel from another camcorder. I have a Citizen brand 4" LCD panel that I paid about $250 for. It's very similar to the cheapest one that Varizoom sells. The color and contrast on it are terrible and the only thing you can use it for is to frame your shot, not that I expected that much more.

I have an old Sony Hi-8 camera that's fully functional except for the tape transport which broke years ago but it has a 3.5" swing out LCD panel. It's actually quite good and I can even read text on it.

I have it mounted on a Manfrotto 3-way swivel mount which is mounted on a Manfrotto superclamp. I clamp the whole thing onto one of the legs of the tripod and just adjust the camera so it's pointing up at me. It's not quite as portable as a single LCD panel but it's much more useable.
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