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Old March 13th, 2005, 10:05 PM   #1
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Best handheld stablizer system for Optura XI??

Him i was wondering what would be the best handheld stablizer system for the XI. I orginally intended to get a steadicam JR, but it seems, the cam is a little too light for it. Im now considering glidecam 2000.

what would you guys say?
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Old March 14th, 2005, 02:03 PM   #2
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How much does the XI weigh?

- if it's a question of quality (and not so much money) then get the JR.

If there camera is a little too light for it, it is generally easy to ad some wight to it.
- a small metal plate alone shoudl bring up the wieght
- or maybe some camera accesories you allready have? - like camera light maybe (actually.. there is a "obie light" that you can get/comes with with JR that ads wight to the camera.) or maybe a external Mic?


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Old March 14th, 2005, 05:19 PM   #3
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Well, the XI weighs 1.6 lbs. JR's weight restriction is from 2 to 4 lbs. I plan on buying DM-50 for it, and maybe an extra heavy duty battery; I only currently have the stock battery. So maybe these can help increase the weight. Also, im a little short on money. Im not even sure if i could afford a used JR. I found some used ones on ebay and they ran upto 270. I hear theres a newly designed JR is due for release. I dont know if i should wait for the new one or get something else
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Old March 15th, 2005, 09:44 AM   #4
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At least with the big rigs (and really, most gear) it is always worth it to get the very best you can afford. - It will pay off in the long run.

I too am awaiting the "new JR" that is rumored. - possibly another NAB release in April.

Are you thinking JR (with the monitor?) or the JR Lite (without monitor?) - Of course CG 2K doesn't have one.

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Old March 15th, 2005, 05:17 PM   #5
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I am thinking of getting the one with the lcd, since i will be doing outdoor shooting, and the lcd on my cam is not so good with sunlight. I also heard that the flipping out the lcd on the cam can have some consequences as to the balance of the rig and having unwanted wind resistance.
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Old March 15th, 2005, 05:51 PM   #6
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Well you shoudl be able ot adjust the balance of the rig for the LCD (by moving the camera to teh other direction)
Dont' knwo about wind.. i guess it could on a light rig. - Wind is oftern teh enemy with steadicam - as you of course want ot minimise teh forces acting on the rig.

The LCD is prety good on the JR.


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Old March 16th, 2005, 12:49 PM   #7
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<<<-- ... the XI weighs 1.6 lbs. JR's weight restriction is from 2 to 4 lbs -->>>

Any of the following accessories will put the Xi over 2 lbs.

- BP-535 battery
- DM-50 mic + BP-511 battery
- any wide angle lens
- any mic with shockmount

So if you use any of those you'll be in the JRs weight category.
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