« on: January 30, 2013, 10:34:48 PM »
Thanks All! It was shot on a Glidecam HD 2000 with a EF 16-35mm f/2.8. I was at ~20mm when gliding.
On this trip I also had a EF 24-70mm f/2.8 Mk1, but you can't glide with that... the lens extends in wide angle. Release plate is at home right now.. but I believe it's a 501PL by Manfrotto.
Can you go into a bit more detail on why you cna't use the 24-70mm due to lens extension?
Why is that a problem with using that lens on the camera when on the glidecam?
I'm looking to get some sort of glide cam device...and wondering if this is a shortfall of this brand, or something else I need to learn about them? I wasn't under the impression that you'd be limited on what lenses you could use with a glide cam device, only that some would be heavier than others...?
Thanks in advance,
I use the same, and similar setups, i.e. a 5D3 with a glidecam hd2000. I have used the glidecam with the 24-70, and it is possible, but it is Very heavy, and thus pushes the limits of the hd 2000, not so much for hd 4000. Also having the reverse zoom on the 24-70 can affect your glidecam shot due to front-heavy balance issues. Usually when shooting on any type of steadi-cam system, wider angles are easier and more preferred to use due to DoF and weight issues. When coupled with the 16-35, or 17-40, or another similar lens, the hd2000 is very efficient (with lots of practice!) and usually favored to the likes of a 24-70. I have also used my 24-105 on the glidecam, and it has yeilded wonderful results. I just recently picked up the 24-70 mk II and have found that, while still very heavy, it has better weight dynamics and balance on my glidecam and 5D3, though I usually still go for a lighter, or wider lens for the glide shots.
I don't know about your lens situation, but if you are limited to primarily using your 24-70 on a glidecam, you might look into the hd4000, though as I have said, I have used it on my hd2000 with good, usable results. It will just take a lot of practice and some very high endurance and strong arms! When done right, one can achieve some very amazing and laudable shots with a glidecam; it's definitely my favorite video accessory.
Exactly like menace said. Since the EF 24-70 f/2.8 mk1 extends at 24mm, it makes it very heavy and awkward on a HD 2000. I usually have a Rode Videomic on there, and it's just finicky. Not impossible, but just not comfortable.
Since I don't own any good walk around lenses yet (I rented the 24-70 2. I'm really curious to see how the lighter and smaller EF 24-70 f/4 IS behaves on a Glidecam. On paper it looks like it would be a dream!