Sportster Alternative? at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Support Your Local Camera > Stabilizers (Steadicam etc.)


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old June 13th, 2007, 11:23 PM   #1
Major Player
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 857
Sportster Alternative?

I have an Ultralight and am about to buy a Sportster, and am wondering if there are alternatives, or if this is another area where you have to buy the name brand. I also am wondering if another company's vest would have the same fittings and general design.
__________________
www.LegacyHDV.com
Weddings | Corporate | HMC150s | FCPX | Encore | Lion
Dana Salsbury is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 14th, 2007, 11:56 AM   #2
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Juneau, Alaska, USA
Posts: 624
What camera(s) are you flying? What is your budget? And what type of shooting are you dooing?

- Mikko
Mikko Wilson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 14th, 2007, 12:39 PM   #3
Major Player
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 857
...an FX1. I already have a Ultralite, so I just need the vest and pivot thing. I don't mind dropping $800 or so, it just seems like a simple enough design that there would be others making them for less.
__________________
www.LegacyHDV.com
Weddings | Corporate | HMC150s | FCPX | Encore | Lion
Dana Salsbury is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 14th, 2007, 12:51 PM   #4
Major Player
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 857
I shoot weddings and am launching into Real Estate walk-thrus.

I like your demo vid BTW
__________________
www.LegacyHDV.com
Weddings | Corporate | HMC150s | FCPX | Encore | Lion
Dana Salsbury is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 14th, 2007, 07:24 PM   #5
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Juneau, Alaska, USA
Posts: 624
By "pivot thing", are you refering to the arm?

They are much more complicated than they look - especially to get right. You won't find a good quality stabilizer arm & vest for 800.


Is the Ultralite getting too heavy for you to carry?

- Mikko
Mikko Wilson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 15th, 2007, 12:32 AM   #6
Major Player
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Auburn, CA
Posts: 578
Dana,

It's the real estate walkthroughs that will get you. There is a lot of shooting to do in order to get the whole house on video. It will get really tuff on your arm.

As Mikko said, there is a lot more to the "pivot thing" than meets the eye. Those who build know about that. We just adapted our arm to fly the Steadicam JR and Merlin. I wonder if it can be done with the Ultralite.

Tery
Indicam
__________________
He's only mostly sDEADy.

sort of from "The Princess Bride"

www.indicam.com
Terry Thompson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 15th, 2007, 01:38 PM   #7
Major Player
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 857
They're going to do a review of the Sportster. My Ultralite has a bad gimble, so I'm waiting for the replacement (they replaced the gimble on the new model.) It's also by Varizoom, and is designed for the Ultralite. (No money-back guarantee on the Ultralite).

I wish I could get an Archer and look cool like Mikko. If I knew I could pay for it from home walk-thrus, I would go that direction, but it looks like walk-thrus are a roll of the dice.

Right now I do weddings exclusively, but just went FT and need another market. Real Estate and Legal Video seem to be the two biggest viable markets. If you know of other money-makers with a high-end vest system let me know. ;o)
__________________
www.LegacyHDV.com
Weddings | Corporate | HMC150s | FCPX | Encore | Lion
Dana Salsbury is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 15th, 2007, 05:46 PM   #8
Major Player
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 439
"High-End" is all relative. The originally mentioned budget of $800 will buy almost 2 "high end" batteries, definitely not a rig. Mikko's archer is a great rig, but for the size of camera you're looking to fly, it's overkill. The Flyer is "the" high-end rig for that weight of camera, all the way up to 15lb. At approx. 1/4 the price of an archer, you could even call it a bargain! (It's all relative). But in the end, it's not so much about paying it off, it's about making a profit. Spending 5 years working to pay off a rig is poor business.

Find what works for you, and as hard as it may be, try and avoid gear lust. We've all suffered from it at some point...but more important than having the best gear is having the setup that works for your needs. That's not to say you shouldn't look down the road a bit. But, if you see yourself using the same weight-class of camera for the next 10 years, there's no reason to get a rig that's built for 8 x that weight. You end up fighting it, and digging a nice hole of debt.
Jaron Berman is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > Support Your Local Camera > Stabilizers (Steadicam etc.)

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:27 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network