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Old March 7th, 2011, 11:02 AM   #91
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Chris, re: the case:

It's a Thermodyne case, same as they use for the Flyer and Archer. My case shows the same handle behavior but I haven't had any practical problems. Biggest challenge is when inexperienced production assistants try to use it to lift the case by that handle!!
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Old March 8th, 2011, 08:29 AM   #92
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Chris,

Thank you for your pictures. They're very helpful. I just wonder if it possible to swap the SD monitor on the Zephyr? Would you mind telling me the screw diameter on the monitor mount?

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Old March 8th, 2011, 08:57 AM   #93
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No problems Terje, its half an hour after midnight here now, so I'll have a look in the morning and maybe post another image (they're not great photos but I never said I was a stills guy!)
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Old March 8th, 2011, 11:25 AM   #94
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When you get a chance, could you post a pic of the arm as well, just to complete the set? Also, does the arm post spin, ala pilot arm with nylon flange inserts around the arm post, or is it fixed?
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Old March 8th, 2011, 05:08 PM   #95
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Look I must apologize again for the lack of sharpness, but I'm hand holding on very low shutter speed (1/3"), I just don't have time to be setting up tripods at the moment! Anyway hopefully these will be good enough.
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Old March 8th, 2011, 05:11 PM   #96
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Forgot to mention the purpose of taking a shot of the v-lock plate! In case you might need a longer-shafted screw wheel to put on your new monitor, the thread is identical to the female in a v-lock plate.
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Old March 9th, 2011, 12:27 AM   #97
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Hey Chris,

Not sure if you have had a lot of time to fine tune your arm but I noticed something that would cause most people a bit of problem keeping the sled from wanting to fly away from you.

Note the threads on the two eye bolts in the last photo. You want the top one to be snug up against the travel of the threads much like it is but the one on the bottom is extended really far out. Not sure of your build but you might want to try dialing that one in somewhat. Most people have it dialed in so you can see about 3 to 4 rounds of threads. I think you have about 10 showing there. Everyone is different but that does appear extreme.

If that was me the rig would just fly away from me the instant I let go of the sled. Ideally you want to have the rig so when your posture is good and erect that the sled should hover in front of you and you adjust it with tiny micro-movements of your body. If you have to arc yourself way back you want to dial in the threads again. If you slams against your chest dial it out.

Terje, that would be a 1/4" 20 threaded bolt/screw. That is pretty much the standard on monitors whether the threaded holes are on the bottom, sides or the top.
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Old March 9th, 2011, 02:22 AM   #98
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Thanks Andrew, but I'm still way off getting time to play with it properly. I'm sure I would have been more enthused if I was able to bring the whole rig back with me from the workshop. Waiting weeks for a simple repair on a straight from the factory stabilizer was not a good experience, also meaning a lot of the freshness of the learning experience was lost.

On top that I've been very busy with other things and as a result the rig has mainly been sitting on a c-stand in the office. I had one fly with my Z1, but after a quick attempt at balancing the PMW 350 a few days later (with many random macro adjustments!) I convinced myself I didn't have time right then, which I didn't as it turns out. What you are looking at then is one of several blindly adjusted screws from an abandoned balancing attempt!

I'll set aside a day soon to actually put the instruction dvd up on the mac screen and all will be well, but thanks for the observation!
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Old March 9th, 2011, 02:27 AM   #99
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Chris,

Thank you! Excellent job! Your photo answered my long wondered question. It seems doable to attach a Marshall V-LCD651ST monitor on the Zephyr using composite in. That's really great.

Thanks Andrew for comfirming that it's a standard 1/4" 20 threaded bolt/screw.

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Old March 9th, 2011, 04:29 PM   #100
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Fair enough Chris. I can understand your frustration. Hopefully you can get everything sorted...soon.

Terje, the Zephyr is to be wired for a High Def montior so you shouldn't have a problem going over to that Marshall.
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Old March 9th, 2011, 06:01 PM   #101
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Andrew,

You're probably right. I just wasn't sure about the mounting options for an alternative monitor OR if the HD and SD version of the Zephyr have the same wiring? There are very few monitor otpions out there suitable for bright daylight use AND with HD-SDI+HDMI+component (or composite) input, without spending an arm and a leg buying it, of course. The Marshall monitor is an acceptable compromise, I guess. :-)

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Old March 9th, 2011, 08:23 PM   #102
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From the Steadicam Zephyr web page section on the sled base:

"- Standard HD BNC video connector and interchangeable monitor harness."

Considering that other features and options have been changed without Tiffen changing their website, we can't be sure that this is true and accurate information.

I will have more to contribute next week after I bring my Zephyr home.
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Old March 10th, 2011, 01:39 AM   #103
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There are very few monitor otpions out there suitable for bright daylight use AND with HD-SDI+HDMI+component (or composite) input, without spending an arm and a leg buying it, of course.
Why do you want HD? With the size of a steadicam monitor and the typical distance from your eyes, I don't think it will make much difference.

And what about wireless video? HD wireless costs a fortune. So if the camera doesn't offer a composite output, you'll still need an HD to SD downconverter box to run wireless video for the director and DP.
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Old March 10th, 2011, 05:33 AM   #104
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Dave,

I don't neccessarily want a HD monitor on the Steadicam. It all started when I saw the price difference between the Zephyr SD and HD version. I rather buy the SD version and have the option to upgrade the monitor to one that'll do a better job, that can be used with ALL of my cameras (HD-SDI/HMDI/component/composite) during ANY work scenario. As long as this goal is in reach, I'm happy. I haven't even started evaluating the monitor needs on the Steadicam itself, which I believe your response was all about?


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Old March 10th, 2011, 06:42 AM   #105
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I must say Terje, I'm much the same. I think few of us here are planning to be just Stabilizer Operators, for me its another tool in the kit. As the world changes and we all take on multi-roles I want to be able to mix and match my equipment as well. For instance I was hoping to use this for occasional playback to Clients on a shoot and even being able to mount it on my jib when need be. It's quick and easy to do, so why not?
I agree with Dave that we don't need a HD monitor on the stabilizer, but I think we should at least be getting top quality SD, I find it off-putting to see a lousy, VHS-ey, (dare I say) NTSC-ey image when my whole camera career has been trying to achieve the opposite in my viewfinder/monitor.

I know, I know, it's only for framing and I'll get used to it, but why do I keep feeling this cheap Chinese monitor that according to the website specs doesn't even reach NTSC SD line standard, let alone PAL, is a disappointment.
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