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Upgrading to Volt, which gimbal is best, Pro or Tiffen?

Remi Tournois / SOC

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I've been a happy Pro owner for over 10 years now. Love the simplicity, reliability and feel of it.

Looking at adding a Volt and still debating whether I should go the full Volt/Tiffen gimbal route or get my Pro gimbal fitted for the new toy?

I'll definitely want to keep a back-up none Volt gimbal system for the unforseen needs and emergencies. So do I go Volt mounted on my Pro gimbal and shop for a back-up gimbal or keep it simple (and cheaper) by going  with the Tiffen Volt/gimbal sytem and keep my Pro VZ gimbal as a back-up?

Any thoughts?



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Hi, Remi

I know it's been a while since you posted this but have you decided on either way or still thinking? I'm in the same boat now, debating whether to go one way or another. I'm a little leaning toward the PRO gimbal conversion + get a back-up PRO gimbal route. 


If you have gone either way, would you please share your experiences and thoughts? 



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     I recently tried to send in my pro gimbal to tiffen to have the Volt attached and tiffen was unable to make it work. Tyson at Tiffen suggested I get the whole Volt setup instead of trying to convert my pro gimbal over. They sent me the whole Volt kit with a disclaimer that it might not fit perfectly and I might possibly need to send in my sled post to have it fitted. In the end the step down rings they sent with the Volt fit great. Now I just keep my pro gimbal as a backup. 


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Just chiming in here because it hasn't been mentioned in this thread specifically, but over on the steadicam FB group, I believe Ron Baldwin originally (and now others) swapped the Tiffen pan bearing in the volt for a Pro bearing as they are the same dimensions and those who came from a Pro gimbal found the Tiffen bearing to be abysmal.

There is a big discussion in this thread - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thesteadicamgroup/posts/10157578206271629


Edit: I have an XCS gimbal so I have no personal experience with this, just trying to help spread some good knowledge about a well discussed inquiry.

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