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Old April 12th, 2010, 11:30 AM   #1
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So is this a Flyer LE replacement?
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Old April 12th, 2010, 08:29 PM   #2
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In a word, yes.

Vest, arm, post and gimbal look to be basically unchanged from the Flyer, from appearances and description at least. Some tweaks to both but no major re-engineering it seems.

Monitor specs sound the same, though the case looks different. No word on their HD monitor offerings.

The top stage and (especially) the bottom stage are the biggest improvements. The intertial weights will really help the rig fly like a big-rig without big-rig weight, and finally dynamic balance will be easy to dial in. The connectivity and power options are expanded in useful ways, although the lack of HDMI cable through the center post is an unfortunate omission, given the growing popularity of dSLR's. It would be a great way to give a nod to this important and growing niche. Who knows, maybe they are planning to add that to the Pilot.

All-in-all a great step forward from the Flyer series, not revolutionary, but a solid upgraded.

Interesting to see what the pricing will be...my guess is that it won't be much different than the current Flyer LE. We'll see...
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Old April 12th, 2010, 08:48 PM   #3
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I'm guessing it would be a little higher priced than the Flyer but I really hope not! TANGO compatibility is pretty nice too.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 07:33 AM   #4
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Mikko Wilson was suggesting that it was to be placed between the Flyer and the Archer. Would see to be a bit of a micro incremental difference if that is the case since the Zephyr carries roughly the same weight, but has far more adjustability.
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Old April 20th, 2010, 11:44 PM   #5
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The guys in the booth didn't have any pricing info on it yet. But I can't really see a reason for the Flyer to stick around, Zephyr seemed to do everything better and be in the same weight class. The one I flew had a really nice bright monitor and very stable handling characteristics... I want one ;-)

However there is a huge gulf in the pricing line up between the Pilot and the Clipper/Archer models, so who knows where they'll position it... lower I hope.
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Old April 22nd, 2010, 12:44 PM   #6
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Was the monitor u saw a standard 7" ? I wonder how is the connector. I find the Pilot monitor connector pretty weak.
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Old April 22nd, 2010, 07:00 PM   #7
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The guys in the booth didn't have any pricing info on it yet. But I can't really see a reason for the Flyer to stick around, Zephyr seemed to do everything better and be in the same weight class. The one I flew had a really nice bright monitor and very stable handling characteristics... I want one ;-)

However there is a huge gulf in the pricing line up between the Pilot and the Clipper/Archer models, so who knows where they'll position it... lower I hope.
My guess is that they will keep the Flyer LE in the lineup until they deplete inventory. Don't want to stomp on demand for the Flyer before the Zephyr is ready to ship, by announcing the retirement of the Flyer just yet.
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 05:55 AM   #8
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wonder if it would start shipping in May. I'm dying to know the price...!
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 08:33 PM   #9
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I've held off buying the Flyer because I knew some revision was coming out -- if it is within $1-2k I'll be happy...

Come on Tiffen!! Release the pricing!
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 10:27 PM   #10
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Was the monitor u saw a standard 7" ? I wonder how is the connector. I find the Pilot monitor connector pretty weak.
Yes, it was 7" and I'm pretty sure high definition too.
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Old April 24th, 2010, 07:59 AM   #11
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Patrick M just released a demo video that is really awesome. There are only 2 units it seems. I hope the units will go into production next month.
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Old April 24th, 2010, 08:03 AM   #12
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Desperate are we Sean? :)
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Old April 24th, 2010, 09:39 AM   #13
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Especially when i just sold my Pilot!!!!
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Old April 24th, 2010, 02:55 PM   #14
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There were two Zephyrs at NAB.

One had a standard flyer monitor on it - which is what the sled comes standard with, the other than the HD upgrade monitor.

The sled flys just like a big pilot, and has even more adjustment range for DB than both the pilot and flyer.

A really nice rig, definitely worth getting over the flyer le i reckon, but i'd say it'll be a few thousand more.

Id buy it in a heartbeat.. but i need something bigger...
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