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Old September 20th, 2007, 04:10 PM   #1
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Sachtler Speed Lock CF HD vs. OConnor 35L

I'm wondering if anyone has experience with either of these sticks and a preference for one of the other. I plan to use these sticks with an OConnor 1030HD head. I've used the 35L's and liked them, though I can see how, over time, the quick deployment feature of the sticks might deteriorate. Anyway, if anyone has feedback, I'd love to hear it! Even if you haven't used both :)

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Old September 26th, 2007, 01:20 AM   #2
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Hi Peter,
I used these sticks last weekend and loved them. They're perfect for quick setup run'n'gun work.

This particular set had seen a lot of pro use and were cosmetically marred but the action still worked well, although occasionally it took a jiggle or two to get them to drop. We had an older O'Connor 515S head on top and the combination were well suited. I think these sticks will complement your 1030HD head nicely. What camera will you be using on them?

Haven't used the Sachtler Speedlocks but I've heard good things about them.

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Old September 26th, 2007, 01:42 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Simon. I've been searching everywhere for info like this! Much appreciated. I'm in LA this week and hope to get a chance to do a little head to head comparison between the two, but I'm leaning towards the OConnor -- love the speed of setup, and OConnor's service is tough to beat (in the rare event they need to be serviced). I'm going to be using these with a Red (get mine end of January). Thanks again!

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Old September 26th, 2007, 02:05 AM   #4
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No worries Peter.

You should be OK with the 1030HD and your RED. We were actually shooting with one on the O'Connor combo I mentioned. The sticks were plenty strong enough but the 515 was very under spec'd.
FYI the weight of our rig was 29 lbs as seen in the photo. Note: no EVF or RED Drive and no zoom lens (we shot with Zeiss primes). Even fairly stripped down it's a bloody heavy little bugger!
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Old October 1st, 2007, 05:25 PM   #5
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wow, 29 lbs! Hope the 1030HD will balance it. I think the max on that is about 30lbs, depending on center of gravity. I'm about to put in an order for a 1030HD and the 35L's. A group over at Reduser is putting in a large order for a big discount with a vendor. Here's the thread, if you're interested:

http://www.reduser.net/forum/showthr...?t=4716&page=5

I'll let you know how the 35L's work out. Thanks again for the feedback Simon. How are you liking the Red?

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Old October 1st, 2007, 05:58 PM   #6
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I'd go for the 1030 on Sachtler Speedlock legs.

I have the O'Connor CF 25L legs and while they're very nice, they're kind of bare bones (but VERY light).

Speedlocks seem to be a good compromise between flexibility and weight.

[edit: I'm pretty sure my 1030B can handle 30lbs no problem, the weight rating in my experience seems to be conservative]
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Old October 1st, 2007, 06:02 PM   #7
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Thanks Nate! Hoping to look at a set of the Sachtlers some time this week.

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Old October 1st, 2007, 09:44 PM   #8
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Thanks for the O'connor purchasing info, Peter. I'll check it out.

Nate, have you used the O'connor 35L legs?

The RED is impressive. It's not mine, but I got to play with it for a weekend. It is very well suited for shooting films but not so much for field work. Too bloody heavy.
You can check out some footage at www.digitalcinemasociety.org , click on the RED ONE rollout tab.
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