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Maxwel Fisher

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  1. Hey Gabe, You can lock the Wave. There is a single locking pin that is used to lock and unlock the wave during transport and operating. Personally I'd say the biggest difference is that the Wave is a single axis "stabilizer" where the Volt is a three axis motorized assist. Also, the Wave mounts to the top stage and the Volt is at the gimbal. Both require finesse in operating. The Wave, if not properly balanced, can get away from you and won't make your shots any easier (there is a video from Betz that explains how to get the camera's center of gravity set within the Wave, separate from the center of gravity on the sled itself). You also operate as you would with any "analogue" gimbal. The Volt has resistance controls that you can adjust which gives you more all around assist and freedom in your operating, still requires finesse, but is more forgiving. Since the Volt is balanced and generally operated in neutral, it will make those big roll moves you're talking about easier to achieve, especially with some of the electronic assist it provides in the motors. The Wave has no drop time requirements, it's solely based on the operators preference. Hope this helps.
  2. Still available to anyone interested. XCS 1.5" Sleeve - $450 obo Lemo FGG 3B 308 Center post cable - $250 obo Pro Gen 1 lower electronics rain cover - Just take it! Please! Images attached. IMG_5447.HEIC IMG_5449.HEIC IMG_5450.HEIC IMG_5451.HEIC IMG_5452.HEIC IMG_5453.HEIC
  3. I know they’re highly sought after, and go almost immediately after being posted so I’m hope to get ahead by saying here that I’m looking to buy a Betz Wave second hand or third hand, before entertaining the idea of going brand new. If anyone has one they are considering selling, please let me know. Cheers, Maxwel
  4. Just chiming in here because it hasn't been mentioned in this thread specifically, but over on the steadicam FB group, I believe Ron Baldwin originally (and now others) swapped the Tiffen pan bearing in the volt for a Pro bearing as they are the same dimensions and those who came from a Pro gimbal found the Tiffen bearing to be abysmal. There is a big discussion in this thread - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thesteadicamgroup/posts/10157578206271629 Edit: I have an XCS gimbal so I have no personal experience with this, just trying to help spread some good knowledge about a well discussed inquiry.
  5. Consider trimming your headroom for going down the stairs and whether you're leading or following down the stairs, trim accordingly. That way you don't have to hold the tilt, the rig will hold it for you and you can focus more on your framing and horizon. Even if your shot starts at the top of the stairs and ends past the bottom, holding headroom for a few seconds before heading down the stairs and then going into that preset trim, is going to be a lot easier than holding the tilt as you're walking down the stairs.
  6. $3200 or best offer Gimbal, Post Grip, Short Handle, Long Handle
  7. Bumping Pro Gen 2 Telescoping Post w/2" OD docking rings - $2500 oboXCS 1.5" Sleeve - $500 oboLemo FGG 3B 308 Center post cable - $300 obo Pro Gen 1 lower electronics rain cover - Just take it! Please!
  8. Still available, gimbal wrench sold. Short handle included. Asking $3300 or best offer.
  9. Telescoping and fixed monitor mount have sold. Pro Telescoping Post w/2" OD docking rings - pictures below - $2800 XCS 1.5" Sleeve - $600 Center post cable and rain cover still available too. IMG_4691.heic IMG_4692.heic IMG_4694.heic IMG_4695.heic IMG_4696.heic IMG_4697.heic IMG_4698.heic IMG_4699.heic IMG_4701.heic IMG_4702.heic IMG_4703.HEIC IMG_4704.HEIC
  10. Pro Gen 1 (Chocolate Bar) battery rain cover: Decent condition. A couple small holes, but nothing some well placed tape cant seal. - name your price + shipping Lemo FGG 3B 308 Center Post Cable: Unused spare that's been sitting in my AKS kit. Considering my rig uses 856 connectors, I don't really see the need to hold onto it. - $500 + shipping I just recently changed out my post from the Pro 1.5" to the XCS 2". Deciding if I want to save it to build a backup rig over time or part ways with it. I suppose if there is anyone with interest, let me know. It would be a telescoping post and both the fixed and telescoping monitor bracket.
  11. Hi Nikita, You must become a "sustaining member" in order to post in the marketplace. There is usually a banner link that takes you to a paypal page. It's a $50 (I think it's $50) one time payment and then the forum is your oyster. I'm trying to find the link to post for you here.
  12. I love watching this vest circulate the marketplace. I know the original owner (coincidentally we have an almost identical name). Good luck with the sale!
  13. Looking for XCS monitor rods. I have the clamp, but am searching for rods. Straight or drop down. Thought I could get my Pro monitor arm to work, but nah. Unless someone knows a magic trick.
  14. Hey John, here is a link to a couple videos showing a comparison of the Titan and G-70x done by @chris fawcett. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQiw7b1U8GI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1Jgtq0lrtU In theory, they all perform the same way; taking the weight of the rig and isolating your movements from the rig while suspended. I would say the big difference is how the arms are adjusted. Personally, I like the titan arm. It's what I own and what I've gotten comfortable with. I can "tune" it quickly both under load and with the rid docked. The G-70(x) as I understand it has to be adjusted under load. There are also two separate adjustments, one for load and one for ride. I don't know enough about the arm to go into detail. My fifteen minutes of experimenting with the arm on a friends rig made me appreciate the titan arm more (again, my personal experience). I don't know anything about the X-Arm. Here is a video of how the adjustments work on the G-70(x). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nON4kRCEzyg If I have any gripe about the Titan arm, it's the way it has to be adjusted with an Allen wrench. I do appreciate the ease of adjustment on the G-70(x).
  15. Pro docking bracket with two rings and dynamic balance bar. $350/obo Second photo is only to show how the bar works for dynamic balance. Sale does not include arm post or mount.
  16. Sean, you are so welcome. I bought my rig from a retired steadicam operator a few years back and it has served me well. No issues whatsoever. He did a great job maintaining his gear and as part of the purchase, he had the gimbal serviced before I took ownership, mostly because he was concerned about some play in the handle and yoke. You'll find that with the cost of gear, operators do a pretty good job of maintaining it. Some companies, like XCS (Owned by Greg Bubb) have an incredibly extensive record of any piece of gear ever sold that has a serial number on it. For example, I bought a used TB6 and he was able to tell me its build date, how many hands it has passed through and when it was serviced. Additionally, I'd say everyone here is pretty honorable when it comes to selling used gear too, considering how small the community is. Some might even be comfortable with setting up payment plans. XCS and Pro build their rigs to be modular. I believe Betz does as well. Can't speak on the others. There are some cross compatible components for each (While I have a Pro rig. My gimbal and post are both made by XCS). Every rig and manufacture has their pros and cons and every operator chooses their rig based on price and personal preference. Taking classes is going to be a good way to get an idea of what you want. Also talking to other operators and trying other rigs. I see you're in So Cal based on you avatar. See if there are operators in the area who will let you try their rigs. That will also help you decide on the vest and the arm. Personally, I absolutely love my rig. That said, I also a little have XCS envy. I like the pro vest, it's lightweight and fits like a glove. I do find that I use my Klassen vest more often as the way it distributes weight is better for MY body. I wouldn't worry too much about have a wireless FIZ in your kit just yet, but Preston I think is still considered industry standard. Arri's WCU-4 though is awfully neat. Start by exploring the websites for each company and don't be afraid to reach out to them to ask questions. Then check around in your area to see if there are local operators to connect with. You'll also find A LOT of information within the forums if you continue to go digging. Best of luck!
  17. Hey Sean, I'm sure others will far more knowledge will weigh in here, but if you're adamant about going new, given your budget, you should start by looking at Tiffen's Steadicam line (I personally fly an old GPI Pro Cinema HD rig so I don't know much about Tiffen's rigs). A big factor in how heavy a build you can fly will depend on the arm. You might consider going new on the rig and vest and find a used arm with a high payload support. Six to nine batteries is probably a good place to start. Depending on what you end up flying (some rigs use two batteries on the lower electronics, others three), that will give you three rotations or four and a half rotations on batteries. Remember too that most projects will rent batteries from a gear house along with the camera package. "Professional" is a subjective term. Some think professional is Panavision, some Arri, others Red and all three have different weights. Hope this helps.
  18. Hey Yousheng, Just a heads up, unless I'm mistaken, it looks like your iBaird bracket is missing the two mounting pins that insert into the front spar on the pro vest.
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