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    Zephyr Vest with bigger arm and sled

    Hey Everyone! I've done some looking around, but didn't find what I was looking for. I was wondering how far you can upgrade arms and sleds while still using the zephyr vest? I understand you'd probably have to get a larger socket block. Could you pair the vest with a G-50x/G-70x/pro arm and a Shadow/Archer/pro sled? Thanks!
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    Looking for a Zephyr kit

    Hi Chris, I have an Aero30 I'm looking to sell, feel free to message me about it!! Kevin
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    Will a steadicam Zephyr make you less hirable?

    Welcome Caleb! You can totally get hired with a Zephyr rig. But like Benjamin said, you need to be award of the weight limit. You can totally fly a mini/RED/Varicam LT/etc.., I've flown those and I use the Aero 30 rig, which is the zephyr vest and a-30/zephyr arm, and aero sled. When flying a Zephyr or Aero rig, at least in my experience, you learn how to cut weight when you go over your weight max, or are coming close. There are many pros to starting on the Zephyr rig when you are new, it is less of an investment in cost for one and flying lighter rigs can be more difficult, they tend to be more squirrelly. So starting on one will make you work hard on the basics and when you move to a big rig, it'll be much easier! Feel free to message me, I also am selling my Aero30 if you are interested. Oh and be sure to take a workshop!! Happy flying!
  4. I posted this on facebook, but I also wanted to ask here as well. Besides Calicocam and MK-V who mods Master Series? Anyone in Los Angeles? For servicing, does anyone still service the Master sled in Los Angeles? I've been told Tiffen no longer does and Cramped Attic services them in Canada. I'd like to find someone nearby. Thanks for the help!
  5. Hey everyone! I'm having a little issue with my Zephyr vest, the pin that pops in and out of the holes from the socket block to the center spar has come off my vest. I’ve attached photos, let me know if this is something that could be fixed by myself or if I need to bring my vest in. The knob that tightens the socket block to the center spar still works, so I should be good to go in the mean time.
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    Zephyr Vest - Socket Block to Center Spar Issue

    I think you could fix it on your own if they send you the part. If the bolt isn't holding it in place, be sure to tighten the 6 bolts in the picture above to make the socket block hold tighter on the center spar. That should help too
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    Los Angeles Meet-Up and Practice

    Hey everyone! I wanted to see if anyone would be interested in doing a meet-up and practice? I'm still a newbie, so I'm trying to get more time in the rig practicing with other ops to help give/get tips, advice, network, etc... I want this to be mutually beneficially for everyone! I'm located in Los Angeles. Please let me know! Have a great day!! Kevin
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    Green Screen Monitors

    Hello all! After listening to "Walking Backwards", I've noticed they talk about green screen monitors quite a bit. I'd love to learn more about them, the pros and cons vs LCD, if people still use them, etc... I realize this is probably a very old topic. I've been running into glare quite a bit on my LCD. Thanks in advance!!!
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    Los Angeles Meet-Up and Practice

    I'm in Hollywood, but that's not far
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    Walkaways

    Hi everyone! I'd like to get some thoughts on walkaways and what everyone does with their gear. I've only had a couple and each time I've packed up my gear at the end of the night and took it home. We were at a house, which the homeowner still occupied each night, so it made me wary. If we were on a secured stage, I might have left it and felt more comfortable about doing so. I do have insurance on my gear. I'd like to hear everyone's thoughts on the subject! Thanks!
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    Glidecam X-45 Sled

    Thank you for all the great info!
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    Los Angeles Meet-Up and Practice

    sending ya a message!
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    Glidecam X-45 Sled

    Thanks Nicholaus! The dovetail question might be a direct one for Glidecam. Thanks for your comments on the rig, that's exactly why I'm interested in the rig, I'd like to get a big rig at a decent price!
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    Los Angeles Meet-Up and Practice

    messaged!
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    Glidecam X-45 Sled

    Hey! I also wanted to follow up and see how the sled has held up! Is the dovetail plate the same size as the other big rigs?
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    Zephyr Weight???

    I believe the Zephyr can fly a camera payload up to 23lbs. From Tiffen's site "9 to 23lbs.(4 to 10.4kg) net camera weight"
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    New gimbal on Zephyr

    Thanks for sharing your experiences! Did you notice anything during the time up until it snapped, or was it out of the blue? This is a great fear of mine; a sudden failure while on set oping. I feel the same way about the arm. Every time I've flown a bigger build, 18-19lbs, I still have a lot of room left in the arm to go heavier. I'm not sure if any other gimbal fits the Zephyr or Aero sled, I think our post is one inch? If you find yourself always pushing the limit, it might be time to upgrade the rig!
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    Steadicam Accessories

    Hi Rob! For batteries, I've been quite happy with Core SWX Hypercore 98. For follow focus, I've used the tilta Nuclous M, and it was good. But the Bartech is probably what I would buy for myself. For wireless video, teradek bolt 500 is solid option. I don't have any experience with teleprompters. Hope this helps!
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    New gimbal on Zephyr

    I am VERY interested in learning about the same topic! I have the Aero30. What happens when you go over 23lbs? Do you notice your rig acting differently? Also, how did the gimbal break? Was it a slow break over time, or a sudden failure? Would an upgraded gimbal increase the payload capacity?
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    Los Angeles Meet-Up and Practice

    Messaged!
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    Los Angeles Meet-Up and Practice

    @Ivon Visalli Messaged!
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    Zephyr Vest - Socket Block to Center Spar Issue

    Update: Took the vest to Tiffen in Burbank and they replaced the pin. They told me I could fly without the pin as the nut that tightens the socket block to the center spar is what counts on the Zephyr vest. They also tightened the 6 bolts in the picture above to make the socket block hold tighter on the center spar. Hope this helps anyone in the future!!!
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    Los Angeles Meet-Up and Practice

    @James Dunham Messaged! :D
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    Zephyr Vest with bigger arm and sled

    Thanks for the tips!
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