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Which arm is better?


Kendry Perez
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Kendry, 

I have not personally used the x1 but I know several operators that use it and love it. From what I can see its an excellent arm and reasonably priced. The ops that have them love them. But that's all I can say bout it. 

I personally use the G70x. I use to use a GPI pro, and before that the tiffin zephyr arm. GPI makes a solid arm that's super smooth, but got sick of having to cary around T-handle wrench to make adjustments on the PRO arm. Specially when I would bounce from show to show every other day or so and my camera wights would change. G70x and G50x you do not need tools. All the adjustment nobs are built into the arm. Its fast and easy and you don't look like you'r constantly fidgeting with your equipment and fumbling with tools.

Pretty sure Tiffen/Garret have the patient on this and that's why no one else has a system like it.  The ease of adjusting the ride or the lift is so easy and tool less, I love it!! 

You also don't have to swap out canisters/springs when you go form a super light camera to a super heavy camera. G70x can do ~13lbs to 70lbs by just turning the nobs. I believe the x1 also requires hex wrench to make adjustments. 

So that's my reason behind it. I recommend going to a show or seeing if other ops near you have different arms and see if you can try them out before you buy. It's a very personal piece of equipment (like all steadicam gear) and they all do some things different than each other. So its good to try them out before you spend any amount of money on an arm. 

 

Hope this helps 

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I have the x1 arm and loooove it! 
 

super smooth, super light, well built. 
 

You do have to change spring cores for extreme weight changes. But it takes about 1-2 mins to do so. 
 

I’m currently running a 73lb R2 + sled rig and it handles it with ease. 

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I would recommend the X1 arm over the Tiffen arm.  

I personally know a few operators who's G series arms have popped on set and been rendered useless.  

The quality of components and the assembly of the Tiffen arms done overseas has lead to some issues.  I know some top operators who've been using the X1 for a little while now and are all very happy.  I demoed one the other day and it was great.  Also light and slim profile.  Having said that I'm still a Pro arm user and won't be giving that up.

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I also own an ArmX1. It‘s been many years that I have tested the G50x and I remember that I liked it, it‘s a good arm for sure. But, for many reasons I would go with the ArmX1, it‘s an amazingly smooth arm, very easy to handle and weighs nothing. On top, I love the mindset of Smartsystem as a company in terms of customer relations. You can always get a hold of them, they‘re very responsive and try to help as quick as possible. So yeah definitely worth its money. 
 

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