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Old June 5th, 2009, 10:32 AM   #1
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Steadicam Pilot and FX1 extra weights


Im looking to buy a Pilot for my FX1 with large battery and hopefully the Sennheiser wireless on the top.

Will I need any additional weights over and above the supplied ones? If so can you recommend some numbers as I want to get them at the time of ordering.

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Old June 6th, 2009, 06:34 PM   #2
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Hi Danny,

I think the FX1 is only around 5 pounds, so yes, extra weights will help.

First, I would recommend a tripod adapter to make it easy to switch between sticks and steadicam. If you have Manfrotto sticks, then the 577 adapter works well:
Manfrotto by Bogen Imaging | 577 Quick Release Adapter | 577
This adds around 1/2 pound.

The steadicam battery pack is around 1 pound, so you're up to 6.5 pounds. The screw-on weights supplied with the Pilot add another 1.5 pounds, so now you're up to 8. Ideal total weight is right up at 10 pounds (camera, camera accessories, & Pilot battery), so you'll want 2 more pounds of weight. Sennheiser G2-100 receiver & cable only adds 1/2 pound (including 2-AA batteries).

Bottom line: If you will always fly with the Sennheiser G2-100, you'll need to buy 6 more screw-on weights. If you want to leave the wireless audio off sometimes, you'll need 8 more screw-on weights.
Steadicam | 801-7920-05 Middle Balance Weight with | 801-7920-05

Hope this helps.
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