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Feb 13, 2011 21:43 |  #4561

Id say mine is somewhere around 35-45 lb. Really depends on what poles you use




  
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Feb 15, 2011 00:48 |  #4562

NEED HELP Finishing My Rig Upgrades
I figure out that the weak link in my rig is the connectors I used to connect my 3 different poles together. I went to home depot and lowes to pick up compression couplers, but I was unable to find one that could fit connect the poles properly. I largest one they had they seemed to be the design I was looking for is 1" but my rigs OD is 1 1/8". Could anyone suggest a way to connect my rig together and make it more stable?


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Feb 15, 2011 08:50 |  #4563

I wonder if you could get those 1" couplers and take them to some kind of shop to heat and stretch them a bit. Just a guess, I don't know if anybody really does that... I've done it with PVC pipe couplers on my home-made steadicam thingy.


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Feb 17, 2011 00:15 |  #4564

QUICK QUESTION
How much is everyone paying for there aluminum piping and is it that much better than EMT?

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Also for the magic arm, which version do most people recommend (Variable or Lever)?


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Feb 17, 2011 00:19 |  #4565

3DZukini wrote in post #11847036 (external link)
I wonder if you could get those 1" couplers and take them to some kind of shop to heat and stretch them a bit. Just a guess, I don't know if anybody really does that... I've done it with PVC pipe couplers on my home-made steadicam thingy.

I think I might of found a solution.
The two options I have in mind is to insert a rod which has the perfect "ID" and continue to use the clamps I am using or use pressed sleeve clamps.
I tested it out without the camera and it seemed very stable.


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Feb 17, 2011 06:22 as a reply to  @ ChadAndreo's post |  #4566

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Feb 17, 2011 11:11 as a reply to  @ RigshotPL's post |  #4567

^^^ great shots!


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Feb 17, 2011 11:26 |  #4568

bimmeracer3 wrote in post #11859357 (external link)
QUICK QUESTION
How much is everyone paying for there aluminum piping and is it that much better than EMT?

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Also for the magic arm, which version do most people recommend (Variable or Lever)?

I spent about $100 on the aluminum tubing for a 14.5' rig. Mine is 2" OD. I wouldn't cheap out on this as it is the essential structure to the rig. Actually, don't cheap out on anything for the rig. Cheap materials will get you cheap looking results, plain and simple.

I have the variable magic arm and like it. I don't think you can go wrong either way. DEFINITELY go for the magic arm with the quick release mount. SO happy I spent the extra $$ for it as it is really convenient.

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I think I might of found a solution.
The two options I have in mind is to insert a rod which has the perfect "ID" and continue to use the clamps I am using or use pressed sleeve clamps.
I tested it out without the camera and it seemed very stable.

go with sleeved pieces that are bolted in place or with threaded tubes and couplers. that's what many here have gone with (including myself) and have been really happy with the results.

i went with the method shown in this post:
https://photography-on-the.net …?p=7519543&post​count=1742

You WILL have to get the inside of the larger tubes turned down on a lathe a few thousandths of an inch in order to get a perfect fit. I paid a local metal shop $40 to do it for me, and they also drilled the holes for the pins for me too.

these are my materials (minus avenger couplers, i ended up going with superclamps:
https://photography-on-the.net …p=11133264&post​count=4197

Here's a sample shot I took with my rig:

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Feb 17, 2011 15:03 |  #4569

Quick question, is 35mm lens on a ff camera wide enough for a 15ft rig? Will it get the whole car in the photo?


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Feb 17, 2011 15:47 |  #4570

Might be a bit tight.

Do you guys usaully have people drive the car or push it?

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Feb 17, 2011 16:10 |  #4571

Push, driving gave to much shake.


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I have a 16ft boom...from aluminum pipe I bought at home depot..only cost me 30 bucks for 1.5 OD inch pipe and couplers I don't know why some pay so much for pipe lol

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Feb 19, 2011 10:20 |  #4573

Same reason why people spend thousands of dollars on glass...

Yeah, you can get the job done for cheaper, but if you spend the money on good quality material before hand, makes things much easier over all.


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Feb 19, 2011 13:01 |  #4574

RL. wrote in post #11872113 (external link)
I have a 16ft boom...from aluminum pipe I bought at home depot..only cost me 30 bucks for 1.5 OD inch pipe and couplers I don't know why some pay so much for pipe lol

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StretchSTI wrote in post #11873293 (external link)
Same reason why people spend thousands of dollars on glass...

Yeah, you can get the job done for cheaper, but if you spend the money on good quality material before hand, makes things much easier over all.

Are you sure you didn't get an EMT pole from home depot? I didn't know they carried aluminum. Either way the shots look sharp.


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Feb 19, 2011 18:55 as a reply to  @ ChadAndreo's post |  #4575

I haven't posted here for a while, but thought I'd share my setup..

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