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Old February 18th, 2014, 01:49 PM   #1
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C100 too light for Steadicam Zephyr?

Is the C100 too light for the Steadicam Zephyr? I may use heavier cameras on the Steadicam but I'm mainly looking at using the C100 with the Zephyr during weddings.

I'm looking at investing in a Steadicam and would rather make a long term investment in the Steadicam Zephyr than a short term in the Steadicam Pilot.

Is the C100 without any accessories too light to fly on the Zephyr?
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Old February 19th, 2014, 11:11 AM   #2
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Re: C100 too light for Steadicam Zephyr?

Edward, first of all congratulations on making a great choice in getting a heavier payload rig than your immediate needs dictate, and also for investing the money in a system that will offer greater performance than the cheap eBay rigs that are flooding the market.

As far as working with the C100 (or DSLR's etc), you simply need to add a weight plate between the camera and dovetail (here's an example). With a big enough block you could conceivably fly a GoPro on your rig!
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Old February 19th, 2014, 01:33 PM   #3
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Re: C100 too light for Steadicam Zephyr?

Great thanks! Is there a way to use the sdi/hd monitor with the C100 since the C100 is HDMI only? Would it be better to get a different monitor and feed an hdmi cable through the post, or get an HDMI to SDI converter to mount on the sled somewhere?
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Old February 20th, 2014, 01:37 AM   #4
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Re: C100 too light for Steadicam Zephyr?

There are plenty of such converters out there these days, a Google search will reveal a number of choices. Keep an eye out on the incoming voltage though--ideally you end up with one that can work with the hot voltage off your 14.4v sled battery (many max out at 12v or even lower). I used to use the Blackmagic mini convertor.
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Old February 20th, 2014, 01:42 AM   #5
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Re: C100 too light for Steadicam Zephyr?

Just a thought, since you need to add weight--not sure how you have the C100 configured but if you added a baseplate with rods that can project to the rear, a battery cheeseplate with gold mount or v-mount (whichever battery system you use on the sled) and velcro the converter to the back of the cheeseplate, you will be killing all your birds with one stone: adding weight, converting the signal, increasing inertia as you make the camera longer, and you can of course power the camera off the top battery as well.
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