Hi Guys, Has anyone one used the Glidecam Camcrane 200? Any feedback would be much appreciated. Also, if there is any other similar products that anyone could recommend. Are these types of equipment difficult to operate.? Long learning curve? Do you need a monitor to get any type of effective shot? Thanks,
Glidecam Crane 200 is $549
Kessler Crane KC-8 Basic is $499, KC-5.5 Ultra is $539.
I have KC-8 Ultra HD Plus for $749.
That's all in the same range as Glidecam Crane 200
Kessler Crane has a control mechanism at the base to tilt the camera itself. On Glidecam it looks like it's next to the camera which is awkward to say the least.
I have the Glidecam 12' jib, I have had it now for 6 years I think. I used to use it with DSR500, it was definitely maxed out with that cam especially with a few accessories. It always got great shots with the 500, I was just always worried about the weight.
It works great with the EX3.
All these type of jibs/cranes can be worked a few different ways. You can run it from the camera manually with your liquid head. Or you can run it from the opposite end this is easier for large elevation changes, but then you need a monitor and preferably an extension cord and a remote controller (rec/zoom). And if you want a lot of control a tilt pan head (way more money than the jib.
I do most of my shots from the opposite end with a monitor and a remote controller. It takes some practice but you can get really great shots, you dont really have to move that much for a very dramatic effect.
Depending on the angle to the arm you can get very different style shots (dolly l/r or in/out or halfway in between). Tilt / pan is nice but you dont really need it most of the time. You can do that when operating from the camera end, it is just harder to be smooth with big moves around a set and actors. Remote focus is nice too but also costly.
Check out Cobra Crane. I have one I have used with a heavy Betacam. They are inexpensive and do a good job. http://www.cobracraneusa.com/Camera-Cranes.html They sell them at B&H too. BTW, I always use a wide angle lens on the camera when I use the jib.