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Old May 27th, 2004, 02:29 PM   #1096
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Joe, buying the best tripod you can afford is a solid, long-term choice and you are right to prioritize that over a stabilizer.

As an FYI to readers of this thread who might look into that forum that Joe linked, some of my thoughts:

Post 2--While a Steadytracker can perform simple walking shots, it won't have the subtlety of a gimballed system (panning/tilting).

Post 4--Endless balancing--arguable, it's part of the deal.

One-handed operation for JR--only under certain circumstances. Best results are when operating with two hands.

Issues with extra weight: agreed, no camera over 4-5 lbs belongs on a handheld stabilizer.

Post 6--there is no comparison between shooting off a tripod and shooting off a stabilizer. One is for non-moving shots, the other is for moving shots. One is not a substitute for the other.

Post 8--learning great handheld technique is a wonderful art and everyone who shoots should practice it to a certain degree. However, even the best shooters in the world cannot deliver the same level of results that a stabilizer can when it comes to truly fluid movement, it's not how the human body works.

Post 9--I doubt that a gimballed stabilizer could be built for $20. I'm guessing they built something along the lines of a Steadytracker, aka a weighted stick. See Post 2 comments.

Regarding wearable rigs, taking an expensive workshop is a good choice if you want to become a great operator and can afford it. But for the lower end wearable rigs (under $5K, say) it's not likely to be a logical choice, and the solution is lots of practice.

Post 10--apparently lots of folks have a hard time with the balance. It isn't all that intuitive and can be frustrating, but it CAN and is possible and many users of these type of rigs have been working with them for years with fine results.

Post 11--True to an extent. It is certainly easier to work with the types of equipment mentioned hear. But if you are dead-set on getting Steadicam shots, you need to invest the time and patience. It's not a plug and play technology.

That's really the moral of the story: it don't come easy. You need to commit the time and be prepared for the learning curve and the physicality involved. It sounds like most of those posters wanted it to magically fly through the air by itself ten minutes after taking it out of the box, and it doesn't. However, it's all too easy to get frustrated and blame it on the equipment, which is not really the case. The Steadicam JR has been around for something like 13 years and there are many, many satisfied users. I myself bought one when it first came out and paid it off within a month on a couple of Hi-8 jobs, and the client loved the results. Now since I have a Steadicam background, it was easier for me to transfer my operating knowledge but I still had to learn the particulars of the system. But there is one shot that I did on an industrial back then that amazed me, because I felt the results were every bit as good as I could get on my big rig.

Good luck with your decisions, all!
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Old May 27th, 2004, 08:07 PM   #1097
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Thank you so much for your time in answering these tough questions. I may in the future purchase one after all. It is always the case that with good practice, one can master.

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Old May 28th, 2004, 10:35 AM   #1098
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Old May 28th, 2004, 11:19 AM   #1099
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Old May 28th, 2004, 06:51 PM   #1100
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XL1 Body only wanted!

Anyone have a first generation XL1 (or beat XL1s) body only for sale? It can be ugly as long as it works...
Looking to spend around $1K and have tons (TONS) of macintosh and PC computer hardware, software, etc... for partial trade as well.
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Old May 29th, 2004, 09:24 AM   #1101
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FS: Like new Sony PDX10 and some accessories

The camera is about 1 month, and less than 3 hours used, all meters show 0. List here for maybe 1 week for a quick sale and need save some transaction cost; if no one interested after a week, I will list it on eBay.
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These 3 need go together (they are so perfect match), asking $1850.
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Following accessories will consider seperate sale: (all less than 1 month):

B+W 37mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer Glass Filter: ($60)

Sony AC-SQ950D AC/DC Power Adapter / Super Quick Charger - for M Series Lithium-Ion Batteries ($80)

Canon ZR-1000 Zoom Remote Control, for Camcorders with Control-L (Lanc) ($160)

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Old May 29th, 2004, 09:32 AM   #1102
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By the way, here are some vido capture I took from THIS camera,
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Old May 29th, 2004, 10:24 AM   #1103
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hey josh I don't suppose you want a PAL xl1 body by any chance?
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Old May 29th, 2004, 12:37 PM   #1104
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Old May 29th, 2004, 09:28 PM   #1105
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i might be able to help you, xl-1 body

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Old May 30th, 2004, 03:37 AM   #1106
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OK this stuff is going on ebay now....
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Old May 30th, 2004, 11:06 AM   #1107
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Definitely does not work with DVX-100

Apparently this version of the Mini35 cannot work at all with the DVX-100. You'll need the latest Mini35 for that to happen.

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Old May 30th, 2004, 02:28 PM   #1108
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Old May 31st, 2004, 06:53 PM   #1109
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Wanted: used alum. PowerBook G4 in the Vancouver area

My sister will be travelling to the Vancouver BC area in the 15th of june. Through her, I would like to buy a pre-owned 15" PowerBook G4 (aluminum). She would be paying for it with a local Canadian currency check (from her dad) or cash if requiered. I would need a written statement form the owner specifying that it was sold used, to avoid problems with customs when my sister brings it home. Please contact me at or post back to this thread if you prefer.

Any recommendations about stores that sell pre-owned macs in the area are also welcome. Thank You very much.
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Old May 31st, 2004, 08:35 PM   #1110
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