Dave54

Adding Head Weight To An Hd2000 / Nikon D600 / Pana G5

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I've owned an HD2000 for about a month now. I originally expected to use my (42oz)Nikon D600 on it. I was able to get that camera pretty well balanced and will be even better with some time and practice. Since I need my D600 mainly for stills, I've decided to set up HD2000 with my (20oz) Panasonic G5 M4/3.(to avoid so much off/on with the D600 and re-balancing issues) As light as the G5 is I figured I might have some difficulty - and I did. I felt I needed some more weight in the head. 2 bottom weights (one each side), with the bar all the way short gave me way less than 1 sec drop time. I use an Arca Swiss style quick release clamp. I attach it with 2 screws. I mounted a spare GlideCam weight under the head plate using these same screws. This helped just a little. I also made 3/8 thick aluminum plate to mount the Arca Swiss clamp on - adding a little more weight. I still couldn't get more than a 1.3 or so droptime. My next step was to add more weight (and keep what I had already done). I went to Pep Boys(auto parts store) and picked up some tape-on lead wheel balancing weights. --See photos-- Comes in a length of squares. Each square is 1/4 ounce. I cut 2 pieces of aluminum the same size as 6 squares. Adhered the lead to the aluminum pieces then velcroed them - front and back to the headplate. This seems to get the balance right with 2(total) bottom plates and about 1" of telescope. I may epoxy some more weights on top of these for a little more potential extention. I guess my main problem is that an HD1000 is probably the ideal unit for the G5 (maybe even the D600)


All this messing around makes me ask the question - Why doesn't Glidecam offer a "cheeseplate" - a piece of metal the same size as their QR plate with the same hole pattern?

Dave

Edit: Yes they do have a plate - thanks to Matija Petrovic for finding this at B & H

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/656408-REG/Glidecam_GLCWP_Camera_Weight_Plate.html



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Edited by Dave54

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Well there it is, thanks! Exactly what I need. I guess I should be smacking my forehead but I've been through the "products list" twice and still don't see it listed or mentioned there. I would like to purchase this. Can you send a link to this on the site please?

Thanks,

Dave

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Hi,

My name is jose and I am new in this forum.

Yesterday I bought a Glidecam HD 2000 for my Nikon D600. I have spent more than 2 hours trying to balance the device with my Nikon, but I have the feeling that I couldn't achieve it correctly.

Since you have, Dave54, had a good experience with your own Nikon D600, could you please tell me how many weights did you put on the base of the Glidecam ? I am usin the kit Nikon D600 with an AF-S 24-85 mm lens.

In advance thanks.

Jose

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Remember that it is a 3:1 ratio... 1/3 of the camera weight, should be used as counter weight, then the vertical balance can be dialed in from there to acheive the correct drop time.

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OK, I have spent some hours balancing, testing, re-balancing.

I also did the test of the gimbal calibration and it was not. I followed the instructions to calibrate it and I did it correctly. Now I have put a manfrotto's quick release and balanced the device again: it is perfect !!!

Every hour of practice is better and better. The more one practices, the easier becomes to use it. When I compare the video test of the beginning with the last ...

Thanks.

José

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