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    Default Thinking of buying a jib.

    I've been toying with the idea of buying a jib to give myself added value as a camera man to my customers.

    I thought something like the Hague K12 (why start small). I know I will need a load of extra stuff like a monitor, cables, remote, pan & tilt head etc. One thing I haven't found is a remote focus pull. Is it normal to leave the camera in auto focus when using a jib ?

    Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    "You can tell a man by the cut of his jib"

    I always wondered what that meant. Maybe you should arrange some time with Andy Lockwood since he really is Mr Crane Man. As for the focus, wouldn't a lanc controller do it?

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    I think you need to be specific, Midnight - you need a remote witrh focus for your Panasonic (HVX201 IIRC). There are certainly LANC controls for Sony and Canon which have remote focus adjust.
    Tim

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    Thanks guys, I've only seen remotes that do zoom, I'll have to look into this further. I guess your right Tim it would have to be the right one for my particular camera.

    Google is my friend. OK I've found something but it's £285 with the vat. I can see this is not going to be a cheap solution to giving added customer value ie make myself more marketable.

    It would be very useful to spend a bit of time with Andy but I don't like to impose on people.

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    I got a USA made jib about 3 years ago and it's been really useful. Got the remote pan and tilt head from Hague and clipped a monitor by the weights at the drivers end. Small enough to pack into our little 206 van and it all sits on a set of heavy tripod legs.
    As far as focus and exposure goes, I always locked both before flying the cam. Got some beautiful wedding venue shots that are used regularly.
    The only limitation I found with the cheaper one I have is the smooth start and stops, though with practise and a few extra takes, they have always worked out fine.
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    I'm more of an ebay man myself and I've found this... Tripod LANC Remote Control for Sony HDR-UX7 HDR-SR7 | eBay

    Just search for lanc remote and you'll find loads at prices under £50. Most seem to do focus. Add an extension cable for a fiver and you're away. The lanc protocol is quite generic, I use a Sony lanc controller on my Canon and it works quite happily.

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    Forgive this question Zero but how big is yours. AND was it cheaper than the Hague. With all the add on's it is an expencive business, so if I can save a few quide here and there.

    Rob, Ebay can also be my friend. I'll take a look at it for one that works with my Panny.

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    Thanks for asking. Mine's massive, had no complaints so far . . . but back to the cranes.
    I've been scouring for the website of the one I bought - here's one I looked at
    Camera Crane Camera Cranes Camera Jib Boom and as soon as I find the unit I bought, I'll post it for you. There's import duty added too which makes it a little more expensive.
    Mine was the 200 version from here = BC Media, Inc. :: Turn-key ProAm® DVC250 Camera Crane Production Package
    Great company to deal with too!


    QUOTE=Midnight Blue;170324]Forgive this question Zero but how big is yours. AND was it cheaper than the Hague. With all the add on's it is an expencive business, so if I can save a few quide here and there.

    Rob, Ebay can also be my friend. I'll take a look at it for one that works with my Panny. [/QUOTE]
    Last edited by Zero; 10-24-2011 at 03:05 PM.
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    Only just seen this thread.....

    The K12 is a very nice jib. I've added extra bars to increase its reach though, in spite of Hagues advising me it wasn't safe. It's very safe.

    Power head - DO NOT buy the Pro-Aim!!!!! The hague mini head will do a DSLR but not much more - If I had the cash I'd go for the Kessler myself.

    LANC - Mine is pretty basic actually - no focus control but that has never been an issue so far. Thats the next bit of kit I need.

    Monitor - Lilliput off eBay serves very well. Dolly - Got mine cheap off ebay and same for tripod. Saved around a hundred quid off Hagues price.

    Anyone can feel free to PM me with any specifics.....

    EDIT - Sadly, a K12 went for just over 400 on ebay yesterday.... bargains can be got - but take my advice - DONT waste money on the Asian copies - you might as well flush your cash straight down the toilet.

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    One other thing of course - I am willing to do a 'mates rates' hire so you can play with something proper before you commit....

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