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Old July 17th, 2002, 04:05 AM   #16
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I've had a JR for about 10 years now, and although I haven't used it in awhile, I was always able to get amazing results from it.

By the way, the gimball on mine finally broke. Anyone know who to contact for repairs?
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Old July 17th, 2002, 11:04 AM   #17
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Tiffen has taken over the Steadicam license from Cinema Products. Check their website at steadicam.com, or call 800-645-2522.

I replaced my gimbal years ago, as I recall it was surprising inexpensive. They just send you a new assembly that you screw right on.
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Old July 18th, 2002, 02:15 PM   #18
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I've heard that with any of these type of rigs, you need the weight belt/vest or your arms will fall off after about five minutes. Untrue?
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Old July 18th, 2002, 02:24 PM   #19
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Depends on the camera used, Josh. The JR, for instances, is designed for cameras 4 lbs and under. The lighter the camera, the less weight added for balance at the bottom and thus the system becomes easier to hold for extended periods.

The XL1, being 6 or 7 lbs, requires a couple of pounds of counterweight--using it on a simple pole-type device like a Steadytracker would mean a lot of weight in that hand. Your forearm and wrist start to sting like a motherf***er. On the other hand, given a vest/arm suspension system, you can wear the thing almost indefinitely, much longer than one can handhold it comfortably (as is being discussed in another thread here).
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Old July 18th, 2002, 04:35 PM   #20
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Yes correct exactly. But, can you make a vest or something? I know the systems that come with them are like 3000 dollars.
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Old July 18th, 2002, 05:15 PM   #21
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A whole subculture of homebuilt stabilizer folks are out there--try http://homebuiltstabilizers.just.nu/ for starters. It really depends on how much time & energy you want to exert. The real critical parts are the gimbal and arm.

I tried building a version some seventeen years ago; spent many, many hours on it and I can't say as it worked all that well. These guys seem to have improved on my design substantially!
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