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Rob Skates

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  • Birthday 10/16/1969

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  1. Came across a Schneider 8-50 1.4 and was wondering if anyone had any experience shooting with one. How does it compare to the 6-66? It seems to be the lens that most often came with the Beaulieu 3008s. I've owned Beaulieu cameras over the years with the Angenieux 8-64, 6-80 and the Schneider 6-66 but the 8-50 is not one I know much about. Any thoughts would be helpful.
  2. I've been searching for an andec pressure plate for some time now. Does anyone have any thoughts on where or from whom one of these might be purchased.
  3. JAG35 Wireless Follow Focus kit for sale. This kit includes the higher end JAG35 J2D & J3D Digital motors. The kit comes with 6 LP-E6 batteries and 2 chargers. I purchased this as a backup for my steadicam. I'm shooting a lot less steadicam as of late so I'm selling this unit. It is in like new condition and functions as designed. It has never been used on a job. I've set it up and tested it prior to every shoot, but never needed it. The list price for the kit including the batteries and chargers is over $1,200.00 USD. It's on ebay with a buy it now of $885.00 and free shipping in the US. Here is the link. http://www.ebay.com/itm/JAG35-Wireless-Follow-Focus-system-NEW-6-LP-E6-batteries-Great-DSLR-/250895403531?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a6a880a0b
  4. "Footy"...thanks, a term I can now dislike more than "lensed".
  5. The 18-50mm optics are fine. They project well. The mechanical quality is really poor. That is my opinion based on 4 examples of this lens that I've projected and examined. Including one that RED sent out as a loaner while the owners lens was being serviced for many weeks. Zoom barrel action is ok. The focus barrel action was stiff and gritty on all examples. All had good contrast and sharpness. No a one held focus during the zoom. All had issues with the focus mark accuracy. These lenses are not bad when treated as a variable primes and focused by eye. With these issues is it worth the price... I've projected one example of the 18-85mm. Much better build quality than the 18-50mm. The action on the zoom and focus barrels was smooth. It had good contrast and sharpness. The example I projected had some back focus issues. Not sure if it came that way from Red or was dropped or mishandled by the owner. The two striking things about the lens is the quality of the PL mount. It seemed to be a very light grade aluminum instead of steel. The second thing was the giant front diameter 142mm???. For a lens in this focal length and physical length this is way big. A 110mm or 114mm would be more in line with other lenses in this focal range. 142mm limits you in terms of matte boxes and filter sizes.
  6. I'm selling my Steadicam / Glidecam custom modified rig. I know, this should be on the Steadicam Forum, but they tend to turn up their noses at anything less than a Steadicam Pilot. This rig combines the best of these two entry level products. The Steadicam Pilot vest was modified to a buckle style strap system similar to that used on more pricey vests. The Glidecam HD-4000 sled now has an internal power/video wiring harness with one power in connector and 2 power out connectors. They are similar to the connectors used on the Pilot. A battery bracket and LCD monitor have been added to the lower stage. All modifications were professionally done and are guaranteed for one year. The "Buy It Now" price is $2,750.00 Here is a link to the ebay auction. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250652620764&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
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