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Old March 11th, 2004, 11:25 AM   #1
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Is my camera to light for the Steadicam Jr?

I can get it balanced every way fine except it seems to bottom heavy, the recovery on Z is to fast. I have tried everything and I just can't get rid of the bottom weight. I have the Z adjustment all the way down with no luck. Im running a Panasonic GS100k with a wide angle lense on it and large batt. Is my camera to small for this thing or is it not high enuff on the plate to balance right? any suggestions?

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ps im using the LIGHT clip also on the arm.
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Old March 11th, 2004, 01:08 PM   #2
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Max:

It sounds like you are doing everything right and the camera is indeed too light. However, that's much better than too heavy! I would recommend adding more weight up top. A super-light JR, even when balanced, is a bit squirrely to operate; the optimum camera weight is probably around 3 lbs. If you have no more accessories to add, consider having a small steel platemade that can fit between the camera and the mount on the JR. A local machinist should be able to make such a thing for you inexpensively. If your camera has an accessory shoe on top, maybe a small onboard light or shotgun mike?
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Old March 12th, 2004, 03:49 PM   #3
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Or, you might consider using a Manfrotto quick release. The 394 is flat and works well on my GC4000.
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Old March 13th, 2004, 08:59 PM   #4
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I fixed it..

the bogen video quick release worked perfect!!!

Thanks guys...

Im so impressed with what you can do with the steadicam jr.

Very amazing with this light camera.

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Old March 17th, 2004, 01:14 PM   #5
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Could we suppose that the PDX10 is perfect for the Steadicam JR, being about three pounds with attachments?
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