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Soumendra Jena
Disadvantages of using a cheap jib/crane ?
on Apr 5, 2014 at 6:15:18 pm

Hi, we are a small team, who does wedding short movies for their clients.

To make the videos more interesting, Im thinking to get a 8ft-12ft jib, so that I can get a lot of nice floating shots.

I was checking amazon and I found this,

http://www.amazon.com/ft-Camera-Crane-Jib-Stand/dp/B00A7ZUSSW/


Just wanted to know, if this can solve my purpose or not.

I use Canon 5D Mark3.

So, can we tilt and pan the camera from the other end too with this ?

Any extra accessories, we need ?


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Rick Wise
Re: Disadvantages of using a cheap jib/crane ?
on Apr 5, 2014 at 6:31:05 pm
Last Edited By Rick Wise on Apr 5, 2014 at 6:41:21 pm

"Optional accessories available include: padded carry bag, 7" LCD color monitor kit, remote control" in the product description.

But I think you CAN pan and tilt as is. Look at this review,





Do a GoogleSearch for Advanced Digital 12 foot crane jib to get the home page of the company. You can see the accessories/packages there.

As is almost always the case, a bit of Google searching reveals the answers to so many questions....

Rick Wise
Cinematographer
MFA/BFA Lighting and Camera Instructor Academy of Art University
San Francisco Bay Area
http://www.RickWiseDP.com


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Todd Terry
Re: Disadvantages of using a cheap jib/crane ?
on Apr 7, 2014 at 4:24:27 am

You can't really pan/tilt with that jib.

Well, you can sorta tilt, but I'd say that feature is mostly usable for re-positioning your tilt angle... I don't think it's smooth enough to use as an actual tilt during an active shot.

There is no way to pan.

To do those things you'd have to add a remote pan/tilt head to the business end.

Keep in mind that is a dirt-cheap jib, an almost throw-away price... and you tend to get what you pay for. It might work fine for some rudimentary crane shots (with a lighter-weight camera), but it's not going to do anything too fancy.

T2

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Todd Terry
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Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.
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Soumendra Jena
Re: Disadvantages of using a cheap jib/crane ?
on Apr 7, 2014 at 5:55:25 am

Understood.
Which one would you recommend, which would PAN TILT and do good job for us in the weddings ?


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Todd Terry
Re: Disadvantages of using a cheap jib/crane ?
on Apr 8, 2014 at 5:53:54 pm

I really couldn't say, myself.

I refuse to even attend weddings, much less shoot them... so I'm unsure of your requirements.

More importantly though I don't use a remote pan/tilt head at all. I use a shorter jib that I control from the camera end, where I use an Oconnor 50D head (they are older and tanks, but are my favorite heads).

Maybe others here will have better advice.

T2

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Todd Terry
Creative Director
Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.
fantasticplastic.com



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jassie lambert
Re: Disadvantages of using a cheap jib/crane ?
on Apr 17, 2014 at 10:50:48 am

Problem happens based on the handling system and equipment


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