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About Jerry Holway

  • Birthday 10/03/1948

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    Ultra 2 w/G-70X, modified U2 vest
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    Huntington Station, NY

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  1. See the attached file for the pix... here is the text: At the Banning Mills workshop last week (a great time, BTW), we took a good look at several back mount vests from different manufacturers. One common thing in all the back mounted vests: the standard arm to vest connection had the side-to-side adjustment screws on the outside of the armature that wraps from the front to the back. While it is easy to reach the screws in this configuration, they totally reverse the action of the spring in the male socket block. (These are the same screws that control the “fore-aft” adjustment in a traditional front mounted vest.) That spring has been an important part of the arm design since 1976 or so, and its purpose is to pull the arm out of the way as one moves the sled across one’s body. With a back mounted vest, the spring pushes the arm towards the sled – which is not a good thing. A partial solution would be to remove that spring – at least that would keep the arm from being pushed towards the sled. Better would be to have a spare socket block with the spring removed, or better yet get someone to engineer a spring/socket block that would reverse the “normal” direction of the spring just for your back mounted vest. I heard about, but did not see at the workshop nor could not find for sure, that Walter Klassen made a springless block, which would help. BTW, the Tiffen third arm segment has the side-to side adjustment screws on the inside to preserve the proper spring action and keep the arm moving out of the way. In the pix, the 3rd arm segment is set up for regular side operating. It is, of course, reversable for goofy side operating. At the Banning Mills workshop last week.docx
  2. Shameless plug: I make several of these brackets, and also make custom parts as well - go to jerryholway.com to find the most recent part and price list. Most of the brackets mount on rods, but a few mount to a long dovetail... here's one of them that expands for different width rod mounting:
  3. The Ultra one uses the panavision std rods at the time of .620 diameter, but the spacing for the rods is not standard - it was just keeping the sled width as small as possible. I doubt it matches anything Panavision has. 15mm rod clamps will not work on these rods
  4. I've been busy making new things (some not ready for prime time yet) and improving others. Here are the latest. sorry for the screen shot quality....
  5. There are lots of choices other than these two. You should experiment and find the vest that fits you and not because it is anyone else's choice. Vest that appear to be similar may have a very different feel on your body.
  6. Angel- 1.58 is the diameter of many (CP and Tiffen) carbon fiber center/gimbal posts that I've been using for 30+ years... plenty strong and stiff enough for most work. Really long (superpost) center posts are probably somewhat better with a larger diameter center post, especially if the moves are violent. My 4 section Ultra 2 has a 1.58 centerpost for the gimbal, and two larger diameter posts going towards the battery and one inner, smaller diameter post going towards the camera. When compact, it's bulletproof. If fully extended to 6 feet – and the shot is pretty aggressive or rough – it helps to use tensioning cables to reduce the flex (it's part of the U2 design & the patent). The M2's 1.58 center post is plenty strong (I have a lot of experience with it). The 1.75 is stronger, of course, and comes with a 3 section option. I often worry that new operators (and some older ones) focus on one aspect, number, technique, etc., and don't consider it in light of many, many other important considerations of buying and using the gear. Especially in forums like this one, where an operator necessarily asks a question in isolation, simple answers often inflate both the importance of the question and any answer. It's why an intensive workshop is so important, where a broad spectrum of technical knowledge and operating wisdom is presented, and questions like center post size (an important question on its own) can be addressed and not blown out of proportion.
  7. In general, a larger centerpost diameter equates to a stiffer post, but that is not the only factor that determines stiffness. The inner diameter of that post, or wall thickness, also plays a part, as does the material – like different aluminum alloys. With carbon fiber centerposts, many other factors, including the weave, also come into play, creating more stiffness in some directions than others. And stiffness of the centerpost is only one of several factors in reducing or eliminating vibration in a sled. The weight of the camera & accessories play a huge role. What are you going to be carrying? Are you running? Doing slower moves in a studio? The “feel” of a larger centerpost is actually about the “feel” of the gimbal – its diameter and its knurling or operator added tape. With many gimbals, the gimbal’s diameter is much larger than the centerpost’s (like the PRO) or the same diameter, regardless of the centerpost diameter (M1/M2 for instance). Larger gimbal diameters give you more oomph (I’m being highly technical here, I know) on the sled, but it’s clearly too much for sleds with little inertia – hence the smaller control surfaces on the “little” Steadicams – like the Flyers and Aeros and the old JR. Centerpost diameter affects what is attached to it. Monitor rods of the standard 15mm on 60mm centers cannot clear a 2 inch centerpost. Although those rods could clear a 1.75 inch centerpost by .017 inches on each side, the strength of the mount would be compromised. The Tiffen monitor rods for the 1.75 inch centerpost are 15mm diameter on 100mm centers. While perhaps stiffer, there are three negative consequences of having wider monitor rods. One is that standard 15mm x 60mm c to c accessories – such as used on the rods from many stages for low mode monitors and MDR’s, can’t be used on the monitor rods. 2nd is that the monitor rods are wider right where your thighs are, so the sled must always be a tiny bit further away from you. And 3rd, bigger diameter centerposts and their gimbals, mounts and clamps weigh more than thinner ones. Maybe it’s not a big deal unless you are doing live TV, sports, or concert work where you are wearing the rig for a long time. So, IMHO, the question really should not be about centerpost size per se, but what system has the gimbal that feels right to you and a centerpost which has adequate stiffness for the jobs you do, and a system that doesn’t weigh more or take up more space than necessary.
  8. Peter Abraham sells a long dovetail plate of the smaller size for your Aero 30
  9. It has 3 separate HD video lines
  10. The G-50X will actually carry slightly more than 50 lbs. Does not get "weak" at all.
  11. More new things always coming... 1481875921_4Cablewranglers.pdf 1784752009_4Cablewranglers.pdf
  12. Always working on new things... these in response to customer's requests... Visit jerryholway.com for more 3D printed items. Stay safe everyone. 1384010595_Newstuff.pdf
  13. A custom spanner wrench for the top nut of the Master Series gimbal. It also fits the Ultra 1 gimbal. $50 includes shipping in the USA. The tight fit to the center post and the thickness of the wrench keeps the pins securely in the holes in the top nut. The wrench can be modified to fit other gimbals that do not have a "Blue Whale" tool. Other custom accessories available - see jerryholway.com
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