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David Steel

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  1. More photos are on the steadicamforum page http://www.steadicamforum.com/index.php?showtopic=27047
  2. Hi Everyone! I am selling my Preston FIZ3 3 channel remote focus kit. I have owned this for the past couple of years. And it has always been used only by myself, It has never been dry hired. It has worked flawlessly through that time and I have never had an issue with this reliable kit. I purchased this as a Preston FIZ II Kit, but upgraded it to the FIZ3 handset and also sent the MDR back to PCS to get the Blue dot G4 upgrade and also to be serviced. (I can provide the receipt if needed) The Handset is 1 1/2 years old and also the Heden M21VE-L motor is only 2 years old as well. All the other equipment is a bit older but still works perfectly, as I have always taken great care of this kit. Im Looking for $17,000 USD but I am also open to reasonable offers. In the Kit for sale Handset 1x FI+Z 3 Handset (#2803) 5x Premarked Disks (A,B,C,D,E in Imperial) 6x Blank Disks Microforce Digital 2 1x Microforce Digital 2 (serial #D25274) 1x Handset to MF Bracket Motors 1x Preston DM1 (#1791) 1x Preston DM2 (#2483) 1x Heden M21VE-L (#M21VE-3849) 5x Heden Gears 0.4,0.5,0.6,0.8,0.8 wide 7x Preston Gears 1x0.4 2x0.5 2x0.6 2x0.8 Misc screws for gears etc MDR 1x MDR-2 G4 Bluedot with 4pin serial port (#1192) 1x MDR-2 Cheese plate (Kar Wai Ng) Cables 4x Motor Cables (3x R/A to R/A 1x R/A to Straight) 1x Cinetape Interface Cable 2x Microforce to Handset Cables 1x D-Tap Power 2x R/S 3pin Power cables 3x R/S 3pin Camera Run Cables 1x Moviecam Camera Run Cable 1x Panavision Camera Run Cable 1x Serial to USB cable Brackets 2x 19mm Hill Brackets 2x 15mm Hill Brackets 2x 5/8' Hill Brackets 4x Hill D-clamp Bracket slider 4x Hill/Preston motor Rosetts 2x 15mm/19mm Colett 3x 5/8"/19mm Colett 2x 15mm/19mm Preston Dogbones Batteries 5x Sony NP-50 Batteries 1x Watson Two Bay Charger 1x Single Bay Charger Case 1x Nanuk 945 Black Hardcase Fstop 1x PLC fstop wireless WIFI 1x D-tap Power Cable 1x Panavision Power Cable Im also throwing in the F-stop wireless iris as well as I have not used it and it came with the original kit. I believe you can download the 'wireless iris' app and control a motor through your phone. This kit is located in New Zealand. I don't mind shipping it to anywhere in the world. Purchaser pays for shipping. Payment through Paypal is best. I also have higher res photo files if needed, I can email them to you. If you have any questions or would like to get hold of me please contact me through email at Many thanks, David Steel
  3. Just thought id let you know there is a much cheaper option. It is the redrock micro tape. It is selling for $795usd on bhphoto https://shop.redrockmicro.com/product/microtape-sonar-rangefinder/ I own a cinetape and it is flawless and always reliable. Tho it was not cheap. I have worked with the redrock microtape before and it is not as good as a cinetape. But it does the same job, and for the price difference it is worth buying if you cant afford to spend $10,000. The main issues i found with the microremote was that: the sonar spread was a bit to wide so you would often get unwanted readings from objects you did not want. Even after panning the microremote away from the unwanted objects. Also the readout screen can be hard to see in day light (reflections) and also you cant move it as it is based on the microtape it self But for this being less than a 1/10th of the price you cant go wrong and 90% it will help you out. So just have it in your kit bag for the times you need it.
  4. Haha yes that ol' trick, also another thing to watch out for is the boom mic sitting 4 inches in front of there face. That can cause a bit of trouble when the cinetape reads that stuff
  5. Hi David, Cinetapes are great tools but you cant always rely on them. For starters rig it off a Noga arm and have it sitting just above the mattbox. Be aware you can get false reading from things like door frames, other actors in shot etc. so alway make sure you still get you measurements with a measuring tape and then you will know what numbers to ignore. they take a while to get use to but once you understand what to look for and how to use it proaply they are awesome!
  6. Looks to good to be true! Also i think it would need to be road tested in the real world before i buy one. The last thing i would want to do is turn up to a shoot with this system and have it fail on me during critical takes. Hence why we all resort back to preston, bartec, heden etc. as they are reliable and trusted. As we say 'you are only as good as you last job'.
  7. I normaly keep the handset on me, i will always set the focus to where the subject will be. And i keep and ear out if the DP wants me to adjust the focus while he is lighting. Tho if i have to go away from set to the bathroom or craft table, i will leave the handset with my 2ndAC. There will allways be either myself or a 2ndAC within earshot of the DP at all times. Thats what i do and it works well.
  8. Hi, i use the blackrapid rs-4 strap. It will change your life! I have had all sorts from heden carats to prestons hanging off my shoulder and you can wear it all day and you hardly notice it is there. Also it has lock offs so you can lock it to your side and bend over and it will not swing in front of you. Really it is worth its wait in gold. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/808811-REG/Black_Rapid_RS_4_BALLISTIC_RS_4_Camera_Strap_with.html/c/product/#inpage:in+stock?gclid=CjwKEAiA_ra1BRDV-byb_aDqpQoSJAA-ofB9gn_hFCVwHOeePeKQ9S2UNITCf62ZDYWHW4xpM2MmMhoCU5Xw_wcB
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