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Old June 16th, 2012, 05:20 PM   #1
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The GH2 just needed

I was looking at buying another slider the other day. That fell through and since I had budgeted for it, I spent some time looking. Then I ran across a Youtube Video testing a Proam 8 foot jib/crane.

It just looked like the perfect accessory for my GH2's (and the XA10 and G10 and the Sony).
It should be here on Thursday and I have te perfect project to use it on.
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Old June 19th, 2012, 06:37 PM   #2
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Cool!! Let us know how it goes, and let's see some test footage.

I was looking at this one:
CobraCrane 5033 Backpacker 5033 B&H Photo Video

I am curious how you think it might compare.

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Old June 20th, 2012, 05:13 AM   #3
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Don,
Id like to have one of these too. Please post your evaluation of the unit.
Thanks for posting the vendor too...great price.

Are you just going to mount it on your tripod...or did you opt for the stand.
I would like to get a HDMI cable to use my Marshall monitor...do you have a source for "long" cables to use with the crane?

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Old June 20th, 2012, 11:26 PM   #4
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It came a day early so I got to play a little today.

I was going to mount it on one of my heavy tripods but they are all set up for something specific. I also have two surveyors tripods but one is dedicated to a 25 foot pole cam and I use my four foot slider with the other...so I bought the tripod made for it. It was only around $50+.00.

The Tripod is nice. Sturdy and panning is butter smooth.

The crane seems well made. Everything fits and it's designed to compensate for any wear. It took 5 minutes to set the whole thing up without reading the instructions.

The rule for balancing the 8' model is 3 times the weight of the camera. I went to Walmart and got three 2.5 pound barbell weights. That balanced the GH2 with the 14-140 perfectly.

I mounted the camera and the only gripe I have is that in the rightmost hole, there isn't enough room to open the LCD. That's a minor issue with the GH2 because I can just open it in place. With the camcorders, it is a small problem. but they will open enough to use them and I'll mount my Field monitor on it anyway.

There are a couple of threaded holes to mount accessories like a monitor.

In the small amount of time I had, It was smooth and solid. I used it in the auto mode and the manual mode. All worked well.

I mounted a ball mount on the head to help with angles, leveling and have a quick connect mount. That kicked the weight up enough to require ten pounds of counter balance. I bought one extra to compensate (I hope) for the XA10..

It breaks down to pieces just shy of 5 feet so it will fit in a car easily.

You can also buy a 4 foot extension which I may get one day in the future.

So far...I flat love it. I'll post video as soon as I take a test clip worth looking at.

The seller was great too. I emailed just to see if I'd gotten everything I needed. They replied within a half hour and included their phone in case I had more questions.
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Old June 21st, 2012, 04:51 AM   #5
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at DON.......
Thanks for posting the info...sounds like you got a winner there.

I think I will order one soon. Spent the budget on other stuff this month ha.

Looking forward to seeing your test video clips.

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Old July 5th, 2012, 10:57 AM   #6
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Just a quick update Jeff, I've been so impressed with it while playing, I ordered a 4' extension bring it to 12'.

As long as I remember not to bump it (which you can see in the test video) it runs itself.

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Old July 5th, 2012, 11:47 AM   #7
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Looks great Don....
Gotta get me one...Im might as well get the 12' extension too...sure I will want it eventually.

Im sooooooooooooo satisfied with my XA10/GH2 cams. Im finding the GH2 makes great portraits too with the right lens. So Im sticking with it instead of going for the 5D. It has a certain personality that stands out...and a look I like. I wind up cutting clarity on most portrait shots with the GH2..so the extra pixels of the 5D would be wasted anyway.

By the way....is it "lens" or lense" ha

Thanks again for the test video....have fun.

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Old July 5th, 2012, 11:56 AM   #8
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If you have the room at a reception, can you imagine the shots you could get.

A GOPRO 2 would yeald some fantastic results on the crane at a wedding reception or other event.
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Old July 6th, 2012, 03:08 PM   #9
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Don,

What lens did you have on the camera. Curvature on the horizon indicates somewhat of a "fisheye". Footage looks very good, looks like you're going to have some fun with that crane.
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Old July 6th, 2012, 03:32 PM   #10
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That was a GoPro2 Bruce. I had my GH2 on the tripod below it. You can see it in part of that video.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 10:28 AM   #11
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Can u tell us the exact model from their website that you purchased?

ProAm Cranes :: Camera...

Also, can I ask where u bought the products at? The stand I cant seem to find for less than 120.

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Old July 9th, 2012, 08:55 PM   #12
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James, I bought them from Amazon, except the extension.

This is the $59.00 stand which is quite nice.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004VS9G2U/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
This is the 8' Jib/Crane
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002UPRCMC/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01


I ordered the 4' extension directly from BC Media which is a really nice family owned business and they are the sellers on Amazon.
Pro Camera Cranes / Jibs, Small HD LCD Monitors, DSLR Filmmaking, Audio Equipment & More


My recommendation is to buy it directly from BC Media.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 10:11 PM   #13
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Well, I'm going to pull the trigger on this one since u seem to love it so much! I am going to bump up to the 210 i think as its a bit newer and for DSLR specifically. Only problem is now looks like I'll have to drop 200 on a monitor ;p
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Old July 9th, 2012, 11:12 PM   #14
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I think you'll like it James. Obviously you can't just pick it up like a tripod but for those special shots..it's great.

I had a Lilliput monitor but Personal Views has special buys all the time and I think they had found an inexpensive monitor that worked pretty well.

I bought an inexpensive camera Mic someone reviewed the other day I like it much better than the Rode Video mic pro and it was a hundred dollars less.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 11:24 PM   #15
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I would have to agree on inexpensive options being viable, I found that 30$ lav mics from below rival any 200$ lav out there.

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