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  1. I've reduced my asking price and posted the items on eBay. Click here to see listing http://www.ebay.com/itm/151226833671?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
  2. Cables still available. Feel free to make offer... Willing to remove ultra side lemo and sell for parts.
  3. Contact Information: Ben Semanoff, owner ben@bensemanoff.com I currently own, and putting up for sale a lightweight cable camera solution called ZipCam. This would be a sale of not only the equipment, but also the brand ZipCam. This includes the 800# and web addresses ZipCam.com and ZipCam.net (including a modified version of the website itself). I am posting on this forum since I believe this system would be of interest to some Steadicam Operators (as I am one myself), or as an offer of a finders fee of 5% to anyone that brings a buyer to the table. What Is ZipCam: ZipCam is a lightweight point-to-point suspended cable camera system. That basically means that we string a line between two points, tension it, and hang a stabilized camera system on it which is remotely operated and can be driven back and forth with a motor. Historically our longest span has been 1200 feet. (click here for pix from "Paddington" shot in jungles of Costa Rica) History: ZipCam originated as a system called SuperFlyCam that was purchased from Garrett Brown in 2004, along with the worldwide license for its use. SuperFlyCam was designed as a super lightweight 35mm cable camera system. The payload with camera was under 75lbs. Since 2004 we have done a complete overhaul of the system, including a change of the initial concept of the system, which had been to only support a SL Cine camera that we had owned and provided with the rental. The concept behind the system currently is to support any camera under 30lbs. Currently, even with a 30lbs camera, the overall payload on the line is typically under a 100lbs. Why Am I Selling: In the past several years it has become increasingly difficult for me to accept jobs with the system as I am quite frequently booked operating Steadicam on a show. When schedule permits, I’m able to pick up a job about once a year that yields between $40-60,000… but end up turning down quite a bit of work between jobs. What Am I Selling: I am selling the system in 3 basic parts as follows. Basic Unit….$75,000 This is the smallest division of parts I am interested in and will not break things down or split them up beyond this. This will not include a stabilizer or remote head of any kind. However, you will have everything you need to fly “something” around, and a branded business to go with it. Rigging: This is approximately $30,000 worth of generic rigging equipment including Amsteel, Span Sets, Slings, Biners, Sweeney Pulleys, Dynos, Ratchet Straps, Etc. See Table #1Note: I am not selling any truss or towers of any kind. We typically ask production to rent truss as needed since it’s difficult to move truss around the country/world. In many cases we rig to trees or condors, eliminating the need to build large towers out of truss. Drive System: These are the custom components that make the system move along the line. Includes an Amp/Command Console, 2x Motors & Cables. You could clone the Amp/Command Console and have two complete drives systems. ZipCam BusinessZipCam Trademarks & Salesmarks ZipCam.com & ZipCam.net ZipCam.com website itself, modified to remove any reference of Ben Semanoff, Ira Semanoff, Garrett Brown or any other involved party now or in the past. ZipCam toll free number ZipCalc: This was software we designed to determine flight paths of the camera based on rigging variables. We gave away a free version online, but the pro version offers more control. In addition, you will get the development files in case you want to take it further. CAD Files: I will provide any and all CAD files I have for any custom rigging included with the system. ZipSled….$50,000 This is very much like a Steadicam in low mode. The main differences are that it self-stabilizes as it moves along the line, and that you need to mount a remote head to it in order to pan/tilt the camera. It can counterbalance a payload of up to 40lbs. Included in this additional sale item: ZipSled as described above Horizontal Mode: In addition, you will get parts from an older setup that allowed the sled to be configured horizontally in order to reduce its height. This would be useful for flying through areas with tight clearances. This mode hasn’t been used in years, so it’s being sold as-is. CAD Files: I will provide any and all CAD files I have for any custom rigging included with the system. ZipHead….$25,000 ZipHead is a very lightweight 2-axis, wireless, remote head. It weighs about 10lbs total. However, I consider it to be a prototype. It was put in service a couple years ago, and is functional. Why is it still a prototype? In my opinion there are still a few things that need improving. Therefore, I don’t feel comfortable selling it as anything other than a prototype. Included items are as follows: ZipHead:2-axis Remote Head Wireless Pan/Tilt (tested up to 1000’) Joystick Controls Wheels Mods: I’ve started some mods, and will gladly share those. They are being done without taking the head out of service. Spares: I fabricated, in many cases, enough parts to build 2 complete heads. I was waiting until I felt the first head was perfect before building the second. Unfortunately I didn’t get that far. So you will get many spares. I am in no way guaranteeing that you will have enough parts to build a second head. CAD Files: I will provide any and all CAD files I have for any custom rigging included with the system. Contact Information: Ben Semanoff, owner ben@bensemanoff.com Terms: Everything is being sold free and clear of any royalty. Everything is being sold as is, with no warrantee or support. Included in the sale of the equipment will be one-day (8hrs) at my location during which I will review the use/setup of any specialized equipment. Additional training on the system is available for a fee, and will need to be scheduled based on availability of myself and/or other personnel familiar with the system. You will be required to sign a contract that holds us harmless for any future use of the system. Payment will be required in the form of business check or wire transfer prior to the release of any equipment
  4. I also have a RED Epic power connector available for sale. it is brand NEW. I bought a pair of them to make power cables and only ended up making one cable. Selling for 20% off cost... looking for $40.00 Other cables listed above still avail... please make offer if interested!
  5. I'm selling some spares I am carrying. They are all in good working condition. 1x Ultra1 RGB Cable @ 18" .....$195 2x Ultra1 RGB Cable @ 36" .....$225ea 1x Master/Ultra (right angle) to PV Power .....$195 1x Master/Ultra (straight) to Red One Power .....$150 1x Master/Ultra (straight) to F35 Power .....$175 Note, the RGB cables are Ultra1 compatible only... the power cables are compatible with Master, Ultra1 and Ultra2 Sleds. Please contact me with any questions @ ben@bensemanoff.com
  6. I'm selling my video finder along with my standard def wireless system. I purchased the video finder from Steve Fracol about a year ago. I've put some work into it too, adding a sony battery option and wiring to send power & video to the modulus 3000. I removed the old internal transmitter, as I found it to be inadequate and unreliable. It's a great tool, but I need to free up some cash for new gear. This is a complete video viewfinder system. The video finder case includes: (1) Hoodman Video Viewfinder w/ handle (2) AA battery packs (this was the original power option... see included sony power solution) (1) small onboard monitor (not shown - battery powered) (2) eyepieces (1) PV lens mount (1) PL lens mount (1) Nikon short zoom (4) High Capacity sony batteries (1) Sony charger (1) Modulus 3000 w/ Antenna (2) Modulus to viewfinder cables (1) Modulus to 4p xlr power cable (3) Prism Battery Powered TVs w/ antenna (2) Prism chargers (2) Ground glasses (16:9 & S35) (1) Pelican 1600 case with custom foam (color of case subject to change) Also included in this sale is a custom video receiver case I built. Simply apply power to one side if case with either a PC cable, Stinger or DC source, connect antenna cables and video BNC to the connectors on the other side, and turn it on! It works great. Easy to setup! This case includes: (1) Custom receiver case (pelican 1600 with internal DA, Power Relay system, PC Power Input, Edison Power Input, 12v 4p XLR input/output, BNC Antenna inputs both internal and external, BNC Video output, & external power meter) (1) CIT DX-400 diversity receiver (mounted but removable) (1) Built in RCA monitor (1) double header (2) sharkfin antenna (1) dual antenna cable @ 25' (1) 10' BNC Cable (1) PC Power Cable (1) redbyte decimator w/ power cables (1) citizen pocket TV receiver (priceless!) Bag of spares and BNC adapters of all kinds I'm asking $12,500 for everything. Please feel free to contact me with questions. I have a few more pix, and can certainly take more.
  7. So I'm on the plane to LA and wanted to briefly share some notes on preventing corner warping... As some had asked about enclosing me printer... I wanted to report that this made no difference whatsoever, and in my opinion the exact opposite of what you want to do. I've gone ahead and posted a blog entry on the topic... I'm happy to say that I am finding ways to prevent corner warping! Visit www.bensemanoff.com/blog for more info. If anyone has any thoughts/questions... Please feel free! I'm happy to share my experiences!
  8. William... I chose solidoodle based on some reviews, price, and print size. I really wanted something that would be ready to go out of the box... and had I had more experience with the 3D printing world, there it would have been printing out of the box. But honestly, its kinda an art. It reminds me of the days when we first started burning CD's at 2X. You'd get a coaster more often than not... and that's the way it was for me for a while. As for the Deezmaker... I don't know much about them. Please share your experience when you get up and running. Technically none of them are self-replicating since you'd have to be able to print a functioning set of stepper motors for them to qualify as self-replicating... but it will get there. The solidoodle printer is composed of many 3D printed parts. It's pretty cool. I haven't enclosed the printer yet, although I have considered it in the past. The guys at solidoodle claim it's unnecessary, but I may experiment with it in the near future. I'm more interested in going the route of a glass bed (which I've ordered), and eliminating the kapton. Anyway... Part 3 of my blog is online! It includes a technique I've developed for making stronger parts!
  9. Funny you ask about the MDR, because i have made several MDR mounting brackets already... one of which mounts my MDR to my nosebox and it's definitely strong enough! It certainly isn't as strong as aluminum... but I'm working on solutions to that problem... one of which I'll discuss in the next post!
  10. Thanks Evrim for the kind words! I've posted Part 2 of my 3D Printing exposé. In this posting I discuss applications and share some pictures of 3D prints I've made. Again it's bensemanoff.com/blog
  11. Hello All! I dont post much on the forum, but I do have some exciting stuff to share with everyone regarding the new age of 3D printing! I've been playing with it for about 4 or 5 months now and it's pretty amazing. I wanted to share it with you, but it's a lot of info. So I am posting it on my blog in three parts. I just uploaded the first part regarding the technology itself. If you are interested come take a look! http://bensemanoff.com/blog/
  12. I have two arm posts that will work on Ultra Arms & G70 arms. It's got the helical groove that works with the Ultra arm quick release feature... but this will not prevent it from working on G70 arms. I use them on G70 arms with no issues. These are in great condition. Tiffen sells 12" arms posts for $190 each, I'll take $95 each plus shipping.
  13. I have (3) 5/8" steel studs pulled off a hill bracket that was setup for a Pro sled. They are in great condition! I think Jerry sells them for $25/ea... i just want to get them out of my shop! These would be great for anyone that needs to either change a dock from 3/4" to 5/8" or even if you want to put them in various places to balance quickly from or even operate a static shot. Asking $25 which will include FREE shipping.
  14. This is not a Jerry Hill brand dock, however it functions exactly like one. I purchase this used a couple years ago. It's in good working order. Shows moderate signs of use. It is NOT compatible with Jerry Hill rings BUT is compatible with his spin balance dock and mag dock... Just order them without forks or rings. Included are (2) forks, (4) 2" ID rings, and (2) Delrin bushings which will adapt the rings for use with Ultra, Ultra 2, and Master series sleds. Asking $500 OBO
  15. Posted this item on eBay. Here's the link for anyone interested. http://www.ebay.com/itm/150883596188
  16. Selling: Weight plate - bought from Steve Fracol for $150 - make offer Steel shelving unit - 5' wide by 2' deep ... 3 shelves... Heavy duty... $150 from home depot.... Make offer Inkjet multifunction color wifi printer - bought for $70... Make offer
  17. Still available... I'm in LA today thru Friday (July 25-27, 2012) if anyone is interested. I have one interested party... But would like to sell while I'm in LA!
  18. Selling one American Grip Steadicam Stand with Backstage Pneumatic wheel set. Think I paid $575 plus tax for it a few months ago. Only used a handful of times. In perfect working condition and near mint cosmetic condition. Available locally in LA. I'm selling because it's a spare stand I keep in my storage unit and never use. This IS the best steadi stand out there. Note: I don't live in LA, but will be I'm town today July 25 thru Friday night July 27. If you are interested, make an offer and come see it! Looking for $500 cash or best offer.
  19. Selling my barely used Spintek rain deflector. For detailed description see http://www.innovision-optics.com/prod/spintec.shtml For a breakdown of retail pricing see http://www.innovision-optics.com/prices/spintec_price.shtml Included: Spintek 105mm Spintek Cap Clear Filter Glass Lens Shade 15mm Support Bracket 3x StepDown Rings 1x Power Cable (2pin Lemo to 2p XLR) Camera Cover Price new is $2650+ Asking $1750 OBO
  20. Selling my FX Box. Everything in great working condition and good cosmetic condition. Just had unit looked over by Preston... given a good bill of health. Includes: Preston FX Box Serial Cable (for programing) 2x Chargers 4x Batteries Arri & Panavision "Y" Shutter/Speed Cables Original Value New... $7500 Asking $1500... or Best Offer!
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