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Preston Focus/Iris (Single Channel Handset) Cheeseplate


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I have run a small batch of black anodized aluminum, Preston Single Channel Cheeseplates. The cheeseplate screws onto the back of the handset using the existing mounting holes. You will need longer screws (supplied by me) and after mounted to the handset the cheeseplate offers many 1/4-20" and 3/8-16" threaded mounting holes on the top, bottom and back of the handset, creating endless cart mounting possibilities.

 

The cheese plate was designed to create solutions for hard mounting multiple single channel handsets to a monitor cart to avoid handsets hitting the ground while moving the cart. The productions that I work on tend to have multiple single channel handsets at the DIT cart, one for each cameras iris control, I know this is quite common in other parts of North America too.

 

I think DIT's will benefit from this product, keeping a very organized cart with all single channel handsets mounted and presented in an organized fashion. FIZ owners will benefit by supplying a means (the cheese plate) of ensuring their $4500 handset isn't just sitting on top of a monitor cart amongst the scripts and coffee cups, instead mounted to the cart in a rock solid way.

 

Mounting the handsets could be done with cinelocks and noga arms or Ultralight monitor arm components for quick removal and endless articulation, and I know there will be as many ways to mount them as there are members of this forum.

 

I'm selling these Preston Single Channel Cheeseplates for $150 Canadian each plus shipping. I currently have 10 of them left after selling to some friends here in Vancouver, Canada, and will be ordering more once I see how much interest there might be. Feel free to email me if you're interested.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Aaron Haesler

aaronhaesler@gmail.com

1st Camera Assistant

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Lee,

 

I agree that a knob protector would be a nice feature for this product! My first couple of 3D prints of this piece did actually cover all four sides of the back plate and I did consider a knob protector to be integrated into the piece to mimic the HU3 knob protector that Kar Wai Ng designed (which I currently use on my HU3 and it works great!).

 

I decided to leave the knob protector off my design to keep costs down and to create a slimmer smaller cheese plate. The block of aluminum that the piece would initially require would be much thicker and the time spent removing unnecessary material while machining is more expensive.

 

Aaron

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Charles,

 

I have actually not used the single channel handset extensively in handheld mode. For me it has always been a tool for the DOP and I leave the handsets with the DIT at their monitor cart.

 

The plate has been designed to infiltrate the wrapped around finger area as little as possible by removing all aluminum right up to the threaded holes on the hand grip side, this was certainly a consideration of mine while designing the plate. My fingers fit in the groove between the hand grip and the cheese plate however it may not be perfect for all hands.

 

Aaron

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