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  1. Kevin Packer

    Alexa 65

    The bottom of the camera is indeed different than a normal Alexa, and wont work with our usual Alexa plates. The package that I was using included it's own Steadicam plate for the base to connect the front and back.
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    Alexa 65

    Perfect, thanks for the reply's. Much appreciated.
  3. Kevin Packer

    Alexa 65

    Hello, Just curious, if anyone has any first hand experience flying the Alexa 65? Is it the same power connector as a normal Alexa? Other than it being wider and heavier are there any other challenges with flying it? Any info would be a great help! Cheers Kevin
  4. Preston start/stop cable for Phantom flex? Is this possible? Saw in the manual, depending on what mode your in, it needs momentary or continuous. I will probably be in loop mode, where it fills up the RAM and automatically dumps it to the mag, this mode requires momentary. Would most custom cable makers be able to make this if it is possible?
  5. Kevin Packer

    Start/Stop on Canon c500

    Awesome! Thank you Kareem! Exactly what I needed.
  6. Kevin Packer

    Start/Stop on Canon c500

    Hello, Just wondering if anyone here has a Preston Start/stop cable for the c500 or if that's even possible? I know the control port is a LANC port, but not sure if the camera can be triggered another way. Cheers
  7. Kevin Packer

    Loose Ultra2 gimble

    Thanks for the advice Jens, I removed the top cap but I didn't see any other retaining ring that I could tighten, I lifted the entire assembly off of the grip to see if I could tighten anything on the bottom, but there was just a bunch of little allen bolts that were all tight. It seems the play is inbetween where the bearing assembly sits on the gimble grip, not sure how this can be tightened.
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    Loose Ultra2 gimble

    Hey guys, just wondering if someone can give me some insight on how to tighten the pan bearings in an Ultra 2 gimble. I've started a long term project with a company rig (Phantom/Shadow Sled) and I noticed there's quite a bit of play in the pan bearings. For instance if I grab the yoke on each side where it joins to the pan axis I can wiggle it up and down and side to side. I have the instructions on how to center it as well which I will do once it's tight because it's not centered either. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Kevin
  9. Kevin Packer

    3d Alexa Fun

    A friend of mine works at 3DCC here in Toronto and they seem to be innovating a lot of lightweight setups. Their newest one called the Hawk Eye is basically 2 SI2K's mounted in one box completely fixed and pre-aligned. So as long as the subject stays a min of 6 feet from the lens all is good and everything is in focus and they'll converge and adjust in post. Best part the whole thing is 10 pounds or less. It's definitely more geared toward documentary or TV run and gun style but it's still nice to know not all 3d is heavy as f***. I tested it out on my rig with this nice new touchscreen monitor/recorder deck right before they went to New York for a mock concert shoot. I was never told who the operators were but maybe they could chime in on how it went?
  10. Kevin Packer

    RED weight on steadicam

    I've flown the Red quite a bit with my Provid2 arm which has a payload of around 28lbs. The biggest thing for me and is the first thing I ask is if it's privately own or not. If it is I have to shoot on CF cards cause the big red battery/hard drive mount is too heavy. If the camera is from PS I can use the hard drive cause they have really nice third party brackets that shed so much weight. I always power from the sled, which some times scares me cause the red doesn't give a readout on how much power is left, but I've figured out right before a take I'll tell the 1st to turn the bartech back and fourth and if I'm really low usually the red lcd will cut in and out when the motor sucks some power and then I'll just hot-swap some batteries so I don't have to power down. I have gone down while recording (only with cards) and there was never an issue with losing footage. I did a job recently with the red primes, which I thought were quite massive, recording to cards and a clip on matte box and it was over the payload just a bit. I'm thinking of getting some carbon rods and a hard drive mount like PS's so if it is a private camera I can still run the hard drive. As long as you know the configurations your rig can handle you just need to make sure you tell the suits that up front so there's no surprises on the day.
  11. Kevin Packer

    very nice 7d Music Video on Steadicam

    Yeah that really stuck out for me too! pretty intense, at first I was like there's no way that just happened (thought his first step was straight up to the hood of the car but at a closer look there's a tire there to act as the first step/springboard lol, still a ridiculously cool shot!
  12. Kevin Packer

    Super cheap onbaord recorder

    Looks pretty good! can't go wrong with the price :) Think I might give this a shot, did you get one Jess? How is it? Cheers Kevin
  13. Kevin Packer

    Ultra2 vs Pro GPI vs XCS2

    Wow this is a pretty sick thread! Thought I'd chime in, Alex, I think either the Pro or the G-70 arm you will like, try both see which one rubs you right, you can't go wrong with either. For the vest and sled on the other hand I would take a closer look. For either of the sleds your looking at, all will fill your needs (chose which one your more comfortable with) but what I would take the closest look at is the customer service for each. And there are a lot of great ops and a wealth of knowledge on this forum but there are probably more that are not, so I would call up as many ops that I know own these sleds and ask them if there happy with their customer service. I'm sure you'll get some cool or not so cool stories! Then I'd chose from that combined with which I just prefer. For the vest still both are really good, but if I could I'd try to test both on a full day of work if not a full week of work. I realize this might be hard to muster up but maybe you know an op that's got some time off or what not, (harder with the pro unless your the same size) The way things sit or feel after a full day or week is substantially different than after 15 mins of walking around in the parking lot. When all is said and done I don't think you can make a bad choice with this line up. Whatever you pick hope you enjoy it! Fly Safe! Kevin
  14. Looking for a Bartech Focus Device without a motor. I already own a CP SLD100 motor, if you have a cable for this motor even better. Contacts: kevin.steadicam(at)gmail.com cell: 647 892 1086 Cheers Kevin
  15. Just wondering if anyone has a number to contact Modular 51? Many Thanks Kevin
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