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Old December 5th, 2010, 11:00 PM   #16
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What about the Kessler KC Lite 8. It look to be a bit sturdier than the Cobra Crane Backpacker, and it's only $400. I know it's what a few adventure film makers that I know of use. Seem to be a pretty good options for needing something lightweight and portable, but still sturdy and capable, as long as you're using a pretty lightweight camera.

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Old December 6th, 2010, 11:45 PM   #17
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Hi Ben,

I don't own a KC Lite 8, but being an owner of a Kessler 8/5ft Crane, I can definitely say that Kessler's quality is very good.

But Bruce's original thread required that the crane be set up quickly and have some portability (which the regular Kessler Cranes are not; least which you can't put in a backpack anyway :)

But the KC Lite 8 does have a pretty good price tag on it.

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Old December 9th, 2010, 04:14 PM   #18
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Hey Jeff,

I don't know how small the KC Lite 8 breaks down to, since I don't have one yet. Hopefully I will soon. BUt like I said, I know of a few other adventure film makers that use one for their work. And a lot of time they hiking into shooting location and carrying everything on their back. So I would assume it's not to heinous to transport.

Hopefully I'll have on in the near future, and can speak first hand.

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Old December 16th, 2010, 11:40 AM   #19
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I was in the same boat recently. I looked at the KC Lite, but ultimately decided to get the Glidecam Camcrane 200, instead. (I used to own an Advanta-Jib, which I loved, but took longer to assemble on location than I now need.) I made the trek to the hardware store after doing a test-assembly, to purchase knobs to replace the bolts the unit came with. Now, it's pretty quick to assemble, though I do wish it had some form of brake, but I can't really complain for the $539 price (B+H). Well worth the purchase. (and I could use it with an existing set of legs -- the KC Lite would mean buying an additional head.)

Here's the first video we shot with it. Jib used in the first three shots.

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Old December 21st, 2010, 01:18 PM   #20
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Hi Ryan,

Nice video, thanks for sharing!

How'd you get the jib inside the Nissan :) I guess the Camcrane 200 really is very portable!

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Old December 27th, 2010, 03:38 PM   #21
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Hello Bruce,

Bob Jones here from Skycrane.

Bruce, if I can be of any assistance in helping you make a choice for a jib that is easily transported... I'd be delighted to help you. Today, there are many choices for jibs... some good, some not so good.

I've been building jibs for twelve years and in the past I've built several custom jibs for folks that were traveling the world...
For lack of a better name... I call it the BAK-PAC-R

bob@skycrane.com or cell (949) 205-9451

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Old December 27th, 2010, 05:55 PM   #22
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Ryan,

What tripod are you using with your Camcrane?
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Old December 28th, 2010, 03:56 AM   #23
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Bob,Thankis for the info. I already bought the Cobra crane back paker, which I'm pretty happy with. For future reference, do you have a web site with info on yours? Also how much is it?
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Old December 28th, 2010, 12:47 PM   #24
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Hello again Bruce,

Thanks for your reply.

Glad to hear you've found a jib that fufills your needs...

Bruce, this is my Mac website... http://web.me.com/skycrane

This is the original Skycrane website... Skycrane Booms - the mini DV camera Boom
The original site has not been upgraded in some time, however, I'll be making some improvements on it soon with new footage showing set-up, function and different techniques using the Skycrane.

Bruce, prices range from $549.00 to $2150.00

If I can be of any help to you in the future... please don't hesitate to drop me a line.

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