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Nick Janssen

Tips and tricks on my new investment?

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Hey Guys!

Im stepping up from a shitty rig to a more decent one, but I dont have the money to invest more then 15K.
Im flying mostly Alexa minis and REDs.. between 20-25 setups. The Glidecam X-30 peaks my interest, but I can't find that many reviews on this system.

Does any of you steadicam fellas have suggestions for a proper investment in my financial range?
Anyone have experience with the Glidecam X-30?

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There’s a couple Master sleds for sale for around $11-12k. Definitely look into those first. They’re great rigs if they’re in good condition.

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Hi Nick,

I'm not a "fella" (your language matters - please consider your audience), though I suggest finding a solid used system from a reputable seller within your price range. Also consider accessories: batteries, cables, a stand and/or cart, cases/bags and some way to organize everything in them; those expenses quickly add up.

Have you taken a workshop? That's a great way to get your hands on different rigs (the SOA workshop in particular has a wide variety of gear lately), and network with other operators who may be selling rigs. Personally, I was glad I invested in a workshop before a rig, because it allowed me to try several types of vests, and ultimately my first sled. The connections I made there have been invaluable, and have helped me in some way on every job I've had since. 

Lisa

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Hey Lisa!

you are definitely not a 'fella' and I apologize for my bad language. My excuse is that im not a native english speaker and I say 'dude' and 'guys' to girls here as well... I guess its an LA thing and I will never ever generalize on this forum anymore. You are the best!

So yes I have taken a workshop and I've tried a few different rigs. (not the SOA one you are mentioning tho) I already bought a master series arm. I worked with that arm a while ago and will never forget the great experience I had with that. I have a vest that i really like but all I need right now is a solid Sled. 

Thanks your advice

 

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Hi Nick,

Thank you! Diversified perspectives are what makes this community strong. 

Great that you've taken a workshop and already have an arm and vest you're happy with. You'll have plenty of good options for a used sled for $15K - keep an eye on the forum and Facebook groups, and try to check out the sled in person before you buy it, especially if it's a brand or model you haven't used before. 

Good luck!

Lisa

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