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Dustin Schmidt

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  1. Thanks for the great info! I think I'm getting closer to pulling the trigger on one. It seems great for run and gun corporate or doc stuff, for the times when not operating from the shoulder and needing a little more support at chest/waist level. I love the different use cases you described. I'm a Canon shooter (C200, C300MKIII) and I'd love for something that works well for support and stability when operating those cameras stripped down to a smaller handheld package.
  2. We ordered ours June 1 from B&H, so still patiently waiting.
  3. It looks like the C300 III might finally be in stock at major retailers. Can anyone else confirm?
  4. Ray, this is probably the best representation of how I was thinking of using it. As support when slung over a shoulder.
  5. Thanks Erik, that's helpful. I had been doing some research and seen other shooters who liked their cinesaddles as support for operating smaller style cameras (minimally-rigged RED's, Alexa Mini, Canon Cinema cameras) by slinging it over a shoulder and using it for elbow support, etc. when operating in front of the body. Basically an alternative to shoulder mounting but still giving you a ton of flexibility to move around. I have a solid shoulder mount setup but I've lately been looking to slim things down and was considering something to this effect.
  6. Anyone on the forums that owns a cinesaddle who can comment? I know that cinesaddle says that "Our sizing is just a recommendation. Every Cinesaddle will work with any camera." Looking for personal experience in how you use it.
  7. Thanks for the response Ray. From what I understand the cinesaddles are pretty lightweight, with the largest weighing in at just over 2.5 lbs. I'm mostly wondering if the surface area of the middle sized one would be enough to cradle a Canon cine camera, C200, C300 III size.
  8. Anyone have experience with the different sizes of the Cinesaddle? I've looked a the visual references online but I'm wondering if you could get away with using the Minisaddle size with a C500 II / C300 III instead of going all the way to the largest size.
  9. Canon doesn't sell one? That seems like an oversight. Or do they have one coming at some point?
  10. This is a great take and I couldn't agree with you more. I typically pack the kitchen sink when I'm getting ready for shoots, just to try and cover all of the eventualities you describe. The question I posed and the ensuing conversation has been incredibly helpful when it comes to seeing what others use and why. These answers will inform what I choose to do moving forward. Hopefully when I'm going from location to location in a single day and speed and packability are paramount, I'll have a larger knowledge-base of small solutions that have worked for others to choose from. When I know I'm going to be in one location all day and have an hour and a half to setup, I know I can go for something larger that gives me more options in how I massage the framing. Asking for the "best" answer to something has generated a lot of great feedback on this topic. Even though we all know there is no "best".
  11. I don't necessarily have a job coming up that requires flying, especially with where the world is right now. But a carry on is a familiar size to most of us so I wanted to use that as the baseline for how small and lightweight I'm looking to travel. My work is usually solo to very small crews and the easier and lighter I can work, while still putting together a versatile lighting kit that can get the job done, the better.
  12. Thanks for the info and linking to this thread. It definitely sounds like a chorus of voices here pushing for flexible/foldable led mats as a better solution for what I'm looking for. I don't love the idea of all the extra pieces, with more cords and ballasts, etc., but if it gets the job done in a better way then I'm for it. I'll check this out in more detail.
  13. I know the Hive has a 180 degree beam angle open-faced. Would be looking for the best compromise in direction/output.
  14. Perfect! You sound like just the guy who can help. Ignore the 8x8 comment. Basically just saying it's more easily packed into small spaces than Aputure's light domes. My primary ask is really the best, small, portable light for a single talking head or MAYBE if it can push to lighting two people. The 200c is a light I'd considered from reading about it, but I have not used it. I have used Hive's 100 before, but found it lacking a bit in output. Do you think the 200c can fill a 4x4 reasonably well and MAYBE if you put two Hive 200C's together on a single stand, on something like a long double baby pin side by side, would they fill a 6x6? What if they had a Profoto reflector of some kind to widen the beam angle? Would they still have enough juice to get it done?
  15. I've used Astra 1x1's quite a bit in the past but I want to stay away from that form factor for traveling. They definitely do a fine job into a 6x6 bounce or diffusion though. They just don't quite pack into a carry-on easily. Love the Aputures, and the light domes, but the light domes don't really pack down small enough. You can take a 4x4, 6x6 or even 8x8 and fold it up so it'll fit in the front pocket of a carry-on. No speedring to worry about. Ultimately I'm either going to bounce or go through diffusion for the key, if I can take a small size, point source with a decently broad beam angle and get it to fill a large bounce, that's ideal. The 120dII or the 300dII are still a bit too large for this "unicorn" light I'm looking for here in this thread.
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