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Stephanie Stiavetti
Cheap Fancier Studio DSLR Rigs?
on May 3, 2012 at 2:52:00 pm

I'm considering buying one of these pretty inexpensive Fancier Studio DSLR rigs:

http://amzn.to/IHUD1S

I've handled them before and the rods and joints look ok (the follow focus has a tiny bit of lag, though, which I'm thinking I can tighten up with a screwdriver and shim).

I'm wondering if A) anyone here uses this brand rig and can comment on its quality, and B) has any experience modifying/expanding them. I've done some digging and they don't seem to sell extender rods or joints, so I'd likely have to use another brand.

Do you think this rig is a good place to expand from? Or would I be better off just starting the whole thing from scratch, like they're discussing in this thread? http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/280/8746


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Steve Crow
Re: Cheap Fancier Studio DSLR Rigs?
on May 3, 2012 at 3:47:55 pm

Check out the reviews for their upgraded package (only about $30 more) and see what people say:

http://www.amazon.com/Fancierstudio-RIG-Follow-Focus-Matte/dp/B005UF3G2Y?ta...

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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Cheap Fancier Studio DSLR Rigs?
on May 3, 2012 at 7:08:00 pm

Another thing to be wary of is whether the knobs are plastic or metal. On the Fotga DP500 which I own, all of the knobs are nicely machined metal. Some of the ones I looked at on *bay were plastic. I don't know about the Fancier rig.

Joe Bourke
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Stephanie Stiavetti
Re: Cheap Fancier Studio DSLR Rigs?
on May 3, 2012 at 7:11:57 pm

The Fancier knobs are indeed plastic. Is that a huge problem?


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Cheap Fancier Studio DSLR Rigs?
on May 3, 2012 at 9:23:14 pm

As far as I know, depending on the amount you have to torque the clamps to get them to hold, I would think that the plastic handles would crack or break sooner than the machined metal ones. That said, I have no proof of it. If the knobs are solid plastic, they may well be comparable to the aluminum ones. Not much help, am I?

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Steve Crow
Re: Cheap Fancier Studio DSLR Rigs?
on May 3, 2012 at 9:45:27 pm

Not all Joe I think that is a very fair assessment - plastic components DO 'tend" to break under stress more easily than plastic - I think we've all twisted off some piece of gear in our lives since all shooters are so naturally strong and masculine we can't help ourselves! :-)

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Steve Crow
Re: Cheap Fancier Studio DSLR Rigs?
on May 3, 2012 at 9:51:03 pm

meant to type "not AT all" ha ha

Oh and women are, of course, equally able to snap stuff off! (Wew, caught that in just the nick of time)

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Phil Balsdon
Re: Cheap Fancier Studio DSLR Rigs?
on May 3, 2012 at 10:34:39 pm

Something to keep in mind is that paying more for good quality may in the long run be more economical. I still have a very useable but cosmetically beaten up Chrosziel matte box I payed a lot of money for in 1987. I still use a Mamiya 645 500mm lens from 1985 with a Fotodiox diopter on my Canon 7D and C300, $3300 was a lot of money back then.

I have a bin full of "budget" solutions that are no longer useable.

How long do plan to stick around in this business, some kit will move from one generation of technology (the camera) to the next.

Oh and Murphy's law, if a piece of kit is going to fail, it'll fail at the most inopportune moment.

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Steve Crow
Re: Cheap Fancier Studio DSLR Rigs?
on May 3, 2012 at 10:54:58 pm

Yeah Phil, I hear ya! I too have bought cheap crap that broke almost instantly, leaving me out in the cold and minus the money spent on it.

However, I also realize some times you just have to settle for the best gear you can afford at the moment if it means either that or going without the extra capability. My Konova slider isn't the best in the world, but it works and is sturdy so for right now it is what I have. I like systems where you can start off more cheaply than add to it over time as needs and budget allow...also buying used can be a good way of getting a step up in quality - I should be buying more stuff used myself come to think of it.

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John Young
Re: Cheap Fancier Studio DSLR Rigs?
on May 4, 2012 at 1:59:26 pm

I have found a sort of middle ground by buying used professional grade gear. Good tripods, good rails systems, good C-stands, those are things that if you get high quality gear, they can last for decades and not necessarily be subject to fast moving technology.
I end up watching ebay for a few weeks until the right thing comes along at the right price. I just picked up a used RedRock rail and follow focus system for $750. It has some cosmetic bumps and bruises but works really smoothly. And because that kind of gear will I can still use it when I upgrade to the a 15K, 20-stop DR, infinite focus camera that will probably come out in a year or so.
John

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Michael Kalin
Re: Cheap Fancier Studio DSLR Rigs?
on May 22, 2012 at 9:05:09 pm

I follow that same strategy with most things too. At least when I can buy them at 50% to 60% of new retail.

Most of the depreciation is already figured in, so that you can sell the items later for closer to what you paid, and a relatively low net cost.

I did this successfully with quite a bit of high end Broncolor studio gear.

The one place where I have almost always purchased new was Canon lenses, as the resale prices are oftem so close to new - especially with shipping and PayPal fees in some cases - that it wasn't worth buying used with no warrenty.

Michael


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