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  1. Way off topic, but we have a knowledgeable bunch here. I was wondering if anyone know if any other companies make a: "Universal Mitchell / Castle nut wrench" here a a link to one company which has mixed reviews: http://film-stuff.com/mitchell-/-castle-nut.html As some of you know, I work a bunch of conventional camera on broadcast sports... In recent years, it seems the machining tolerances of the Vinten Pan Heads [which are the typical pan head brand found on the broadcast mobile units] do not always match the tolerances of the various tripods on these broadcast truck. Some camera guys resort to taking a hammer and a screwdriver to attempt to get the Mitchell "Castle" nut tighter. While that works, I have seen some get of those Nuts get their fins broken off... So I can see why this tool could be useful. Anyone ever use one? and does anyone else make them? any input is appreciated. thanks, rich
  2. As I am sorting through my steadicam gear, and looking at my unused yet expensive paperweights... Does anyone still use analog video transmitters? I bought my Canatrans before the HD revolution but I am wondering if I should let my kids use my shark fin antenna as part of their home made drum kit... [and I never understand why pictures always get flipped when I post them, so my apologies]
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    Weight of Sled

    Ok this post is anchient, but fast forward to today... I now own an XCS sled. Have had it a while actually. Just today I finally took it to the post office to find the "real" weights: I did not have it assembled. Instead we put each part on the postal scale individually: XCS Ultimate S/n 38 LEH. 5lbs 9.8oz Upper camera platform 1lb 7.3oz Gimbal with ergo handle. 1lb 12.7 oz Telescopic Center post 1lb 10.9 oz Monitor bracket without spud 9.3 oz Jerry Hill 2" docking rings 2.7 oz So in theory my XCS without a dovetail nor monitor nor batteries is 12lbs and 4.7oz.
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    free dead Trimpac batteries

    sorry these batteries are long gone
  5. Will Arnot is right... in my new opinion. But i do not own one either... Just tonight i re-read this information. Sure i was flabbergasted when the price for the XCS HD PDL was first announced, but looking over some historic price information I have a new opinion... the last time i checked the price for the analog XCS PDL [which clearly set the standard for a digital level] was $2,875 in the year 2014. That XCS HD PDL version is two times that cost! BUT: The original XCS PDL cost $2800 in the year 2005 so I think the reality is the price of the original PDL never was inflated over the years so we all had sticker shock when we needed one to do HD... I just re-read the cut sheet on the high end "Plus" version of the XCS PDL. I never realized this, but I think it is actually a down converter and a cross converter in addition to being "just" a digital level... or am a missing something? rich
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    Regular XCS Gimbal Handle $300 CHEAP!

    You still have this?
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    WTB- Pro Socket Block

    Male or female end?
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    Weight, size, inertia and bounce

    Trimm, You need to change your name to your real name. It's one of the rules on this forum Rich
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    Pre Spring cleaning sale

    Is that a working TB6?
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    Pelican silica gel "hydrosorbent" packs

    It's always ingesting when a old thread comes back a few years latter.... Thanks guys. I ended up just buying new ones and throwing away the old ones.
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    Ultra2 vs Pro GPI vs XCS2

    funny reading this many years later... so this is a BUMP
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    XCS Power Cables

    I will be selling off some of my XCS Camera Power cables. Unless stated otherwise, all cable were purchased from Greg Bubb. All are in "like new" condition. Some were never even used in the field. This is a good chance to get real XCS cables at a major discount. I will be updating this list as I get going, but I have been dragging my feet for too long so I am just trying to get started. All prices are firm and buyer pays shipping: XCS Camera Power Cables: Red One Camera Power $100 each [two available - both are coiled with straight connectors] 24 Vdc Camera Power Moviecam $100 [coiled with right angle connector on sled side] 24 Vdc Camera Power Moviecam $100 [coiled with straight connector on sled side]
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    ASC Jan 2017 issue

    Get out your newest issue of American Cinematographer. Look at page 24.... picture is on the bottom left... What drives you more mad?... The picture? or the caption? (For those who do not have the magazine it is an article on the movie "Paterson", photographed by Fred Elmes and directed by Jim Jarmush.)
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    Transvideo 15% discount

    HS anyone actually seen a working stargateHD yet?