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Lawrence Karman

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  1. I believe so. I'm hearing several complaints about the manufacturing tolerances and reliability of the newer Volt gimbals. I've got the V1 version which I've had for almost 2 years and have had no real problems other than the pause switch on the brain box (this is built in to the M2 sleds) getting hard to switch and was quickly replaced by Tiffen at no charge.
  2. Not sure about the smaller motors (don't think so) but one difference is the encoder ring is built into the gimbal, which I believe gives it slightly more clearance above the gimbal.
  3. Used "Garfield" or "Vehicle Mount". Great condition. Essential add on for any Steadicam package. Mount your Steadicam arm to a dolly, rickshaw, quad runner, Griptrix, vehicle, etc. Includes U-Bolts for mounting to speed rail. $600 plus shipping and 3% PayPal fee. Local pick-up in Santa Monica, CA. Email me at doc659@gmail.com if interested
  4. Seems like Gold mount is more common at rental houses here in LA. I believe V-Mount may be more common in Europe. Certainly Gold mount is more secure as I have had V-Mount batteries pop off the back of a camera when it is rested on someones lap or put down when doing hand-held or transferring onto a head. I can't speak to it on Steadicam as I have always used AB Gold Mounts
  5. Awesome 5/8" Spin Post for PRO size arm or Gimbal handles. Bought it last month and only needed it for 2 weeks and now no longer. Great for an arm that doesn't have a post bearing. Cost me almost $200 with express shipping. Yours for $100 US plus shipping and PayPal fee if any. Located in Santa Monica, CA. Message me if interested https://shop.strato.de/epages/61417979.mobile/en_US/?ObjectPath=/Shops/61417979/Products/"Spinn Post CP / PRO"
  6. I have been using the 2.4ghz Clearcom HME system for the last 2 weeks. Our cameras live on remote heads when on the dolly so wearing headsets are crucial. The base station does have an input for the Comtex and this is a great feature. But we had to get rid of this system as we were getting a very loud high pitch morse code type interference that was ruining takes and deafening. It happened randomly in only certain headsets that changed to certain other headsets daily. We are on stage and I'm sure there is something in all the RF flying around. A tech/rep from Clearcom came out and couldn't figure it out. We even exchanged base stations. Now we have a more expensive and sophisticated Clearcom 4 channel 1.9ghz system that has belt packs only but works flawlessly. Comtex goes into the base station.We have 12 belt packs.Camera/dolly grip on channel 1, Grip on 2, Electric on 3 and 4 reserved for Crane techs. Couldn't recommend it more.
  7. First off, maybe Camadeus in Burbank services Heden? Secondly, I once sent a motor to Heden for repair. Think I just listed a low value and specified "Returned to Manufacturer for Repair" on the FedEx Bill of Lading form you can get from them. Magnus should know how to ship it back without you incurring duty.
  8. Totally stupid? Cut holes? WTF are you talking about? It's our responsibility to not infect others if asymptomatic and keep production from shutting down. That is partially accomplished by wearing a properly fitting mask without a vent. Breathing through a mask is no big deal; I've been doing it for months while humping the rig around. Hope others let you know that if that's how you act on set.
  9. Tiffen includes a handle that will accept PRO sized posts (5/8") with a Volt. Did you not specify that when you bought it?
  10. The Tiffen bracket has a docking/balancing pin just to the left of where it mounts to the stand which I like. Means you don't have to pull out the docking pin or spin the dock around (which you still can if you want to spin balance), just lift the rig and place it on that pin which is close to the center of the stand and you don't have to worry about being over a leg and the stand tipping over. Hope I made myself clear here. The Tiffen dock as opposed to the Hill Gorelock takes a little getting used to docking below the gimbal and you must take care not to pinch your hand when placing the rig in the dock by hand. Some choose to forego the added clearance above the gimbal and keep using the Gorelock with the ring.
  11. I have not. Sometimes the AC's change batteries on the rig between takes or setups without telling me and calibration is lost.
  12. There is an instructional video on the Tiffen website as to how best to avoid the bump. I still prefer to use it in "Sticky" mode where it locks in perfectly with no bump wherever I leave it.
  13. Have you tried, when balancing it on the stand, tilting the rig up or down 45 degrees, locking in the tilt and seeing if it pans left or right? If it pans adjust the side to side balance until it stops. Maybe this will fix your issue. I believe there is a video that Tiffen made showing how to properly balance the Volt.
  14. I suppose I know the answer but wondering why Anton/Bauer does not offer an option to re-cell their batteries and save the planet from more plastic waste? Honestly, I could have taken advantage of the trade in offer at only a slightly higher cost but I found the reuse/recycle option so much more appealing.
  15. If it wasn't clear, he is looking to buy one.
  16. So the problem is that toggle switch is blocking the lock knob from going any higher? Just cut it shorter with a hack saw. or change out the plastic headed thumb screw with a smaller allen headed bolt.
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