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Old December 8th, 2005, 04:48 PM   #1
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Attention all Steadicam & Jib Operators!

Wireless DV Lanc Servo Controller

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Old December 9th, 2005, 04:48 PM   #2
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VERY intersting.

Basically it apears to replace the focus servo-motor and gears with a converter to LANC to use the camera's internal motors.

Very cool for the little cameras.

Thanks james!

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Old December 9th, 2005, 05:24 PM   #3
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Yep, it's pretty cool and affordable. It was originally designed for use on RC aircraft which are now carrying the entire smaller DV cameras onboard. However, I think you have to have an RC transmitter to operate the functions. How that will work will be interesting. I guess this will allow DV users to utillze focus pullers for Stedicams and jibs without all that focus gear strapped to the sleds and heads. The next question is how sensitive will the Lanc be for focus, in steps or smooth like a geared focus wheel?
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Old December 9th, 2005, 07:02 PM   #4
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I agree in your assumption that it still needs the external radios (also teh recivers.. i think all you actually get is the LANC-converter-box that replaces the servos.

For zoom it should be ok.. (for us video guys who are used to a relational system) but I doubt it would have much real value for focusing. LANC focus is sketchy at best, and only ever relational (not absoloute) even on a wired system. Without any feedback on the jostick for focus postion it would be hard to keep an accurate focus. - The only feedback would be the monitor - but by the time you see a msitake there, it's too late.

Still a very interesting system though.

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Old December 10th, 2005, 02:58 PM   #5
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I would imagine that very few DV users really require much focus pulling when they are doing Steadicam shots; most appear to prefer shooting wide where virtually everything is in focus anyway. And for telephoto shots, a system like this would likely be too slow to respond, probably less so than autofocus.

Obviously a different focusing need arises when one is using a 35mm adaptor, but then of course an external system is needed also.
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