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Jess Haas SOC

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  1. I have never had a problem with my Marshall but I always have power plugged in before putting batteries on the sled. I even hot swap BNC's regularly but if you want to be extra careful don't do that I guess. Also don't plug in hot power with BNCs attached. The problem seems to be situations where ground power runs over the BNC instead of the power cable. So a bad ground in a power cable can kill the SDI board or hot plugging power with a BNC already attached.
  2. On a smooth lens the M21VE-L is actually faster than the 26. The 26 has more torque so it can drive stiffer lenses and will be faster on stiffer lenses. If buying one motor its a tough choice. I use my 21-L most of the time.
  3. Just because they throw an FCC label on it does not mean it is FCC approved. That said just because they have a 10 channel dial does not mean they are all really discrete channels. They could be overlapping or using some sort of coding. Or they could be using a smaller channel width in order to achieve more channels. Both Modulus and Canatrans were illegal to use in the US because the transmit power was too high. No one used the legal ones because the range sucked. Main reason Modulus got cracked down on so hard was that he was actually manufacturing them in the US and selling them to people in the US. Harder for the FCC to crack down on a Canadian company.
  4. If anyone else is looking I've got a charger and 3 batteries for sale. One is in need of a recell, other two might have a little life left.
  5. It always amazes me when people want to do things like step-offs but haven't bothered to discuss it with the operator. It's my job to get them the shot they want but if they don't bother telling me what it is with enough time to execute it properly then I don't see why they are surprised that I don't want to risk my life doing it with the tools at hand. I was on one shoot where I thought we had discussed what we would be shooting that day only to show up and have the stunt guys tell me they brought the quad they talked with the director about. I love doing vehicle mount shots but this thing was tiny, they wanted a forward facing shot, the AC had nowhere to pull from so I had to pull my own focus and there was no time to rig it. Ended up going handheld although even that I probably should have said no to. That quad was not designed for two people, especially with one riding on the front of it.....
  6. Epoxy probably isn't a great idea. If you can't get the proper socket block it may be possible to machine an adapter to mount a standard one. Cant really say how easy it would be without a closer look. Where are you located?
  7. How is it attached? The standard that Pro, Tiffens, etc use is 5 or so smaller screws coming from the back. Theirs looks a bit different but can't be certain from the picture.
  8. Where are you located? I can make one for you but need an arm post or gimbal to verify exact size.
  9. http://www.hocusproducts.com/newshop/index.php/reflex-motor.html Great little motor
  10. Here's a picture from a shoot that tried to kill me. On one of the shots they decided at the last minute to add me hard mounted on the quad tracking next to a vehicle. My path would have taken me within a foot of three of the mortars you see in the picture above. I told the AD I needed to talk to pyro to make sure they wouldn't be going off. The AD assured me that he had cleared everything, pyro wouldn't be blowing those and I would be safe. He said we were in a hurry and we needed to go so I didn't have time to clear it with pyro myself. I ignored him and went to find the head pyro guy. All 3 of them were loaded and they were planning on blowing them on that shot right when I would have been within a foot of each of them. No one had told them about my shot or where I was supposed to be.
  11. If I haden't said no on multiple occasions my gear would have been destroyed and there is a good chance I would have been seriously injured or killed. It helps to have a suggestion of how to achieve the shot in a safe way but sometimes you just have to put your foot down. I worry about new ops not having the confidence to say no.
  12. It could simply be their mechanism or something that is patented. If anyone has the patent number would love to look at their patent application.
  13. The only thing novel would be that it's a Steadicam dovetail. Arri had a split bridegeplate for the 416 that achieved a similar purpose. Wooden Camera also has their quick base. Seems like the concept itself shouldn't be patentable but it's often up to someone willing to spend the legal fees to show such a thing because the patent office basically rubber stamps everything.
  14. Yes. More weight means it takes more force to move so it is more stable. Wind is more of a problem with light cameras, etc...
  15. That's not the problem, he has info around the edges. Had this problem once, figured it was having an identity crisis and momentarily thought it was a red.
  16. This sounds like a great excuse to get your employer to pay for a workshop. Atleast one of the weekend ones if they are still offered.
  17. BPA-2 is the newer version on the BPA-1. Has an extra set of threaded holes down the middle where they should have been in the first place.
  18. What do you want for the 3a gimbal with handgrip?
  19. I refoamed my sled case so that I have a layer with all my essential accessories that sits on top. Requires removing my monitor when going in the case but gets all my essential gear including American Steadicam stand in two cases under 70 pounds. I can also strap them together and move it all in one go without a luggage cart. When I was working in NY and traveling by car service I didn't want to have to leave half my gear in the car to go back for more....
  20. There may be some cases where money reported on a 1099 doesn't result in self employment taxes but I believe they do for our purposes regardless of which box they put it in. Of course I am not a tax professional so take that with a grain of salt.
  21. Try operating without it and see how you like it. It's not an absolutely necessary piece.
  22. New gorelock docking brackets from Jerry Hill also include the functionality.
  23. I had that happen once, took me forever to figure out why half my charger wasn't working.
  24. My guess is they updated the manual at some point. All I really know for sure is I have a quad 2401 that won't charge my Dionic HCs so I just ordered an upgrade chip from Ritter. That's a good price if it does what you need.
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