Mounting a red epic

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  1. T.Diaz

    T.Diaz New Member

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    Hello all,
    Need some advice on how to properly mount a red epic on the cs 3x gimbal. I've looked at Tabbs video and looks like the camera is mounted from the top. Can anybody give me some tips/tricks to ensure the best mounting for the epic? Also, once mounted I would just need to adjust the min max stops for tilt right? Anything else I'm missing?

    Cheers!
     
  2. Tabb Firchau

    Tabb Firchau Administrator
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    Hi photothrottle,

    What you need are the EPIC tilt adapters which will allow you to get the correct vertical CG for a big camera like the EPIC. Then I mount it from the top using the provided 1/4 20 holes in the EPIC. Balance with a big camera is important so make sure you remove the roll and tilt belts to carefully balance the setup.

    Another point of note...on my EPIC M with the shape the top of the camera is I had to remove the plastic fan cover piece as well as the little plastic cover in front of it so that I could get it to mount flush to the camera mounting plate on the CineStar gimbal.

    Hope that helps!

    Tabb
     

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  3. Josh Lambeth

    Josh Lambeth Well-Known Member

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    Tabb,
    What motors do you run on your CS to fly the epic? What kind of flight times do you get?

    Josh
     
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    Tabb, can you share some close-up photos when you have a moment? Thanks!
     
  5. Tabb Firchau

    Tabb Firchau Administrator
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    Absolutely...my Epic M is back in to RED for an update but will take some shots when it gets home. In the meantime take a look here at this one.
     

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  6. Gary Haynes

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    Tabb

    A future suggestion. For the mounting plate make it equally laid out on both sides of the cross beam. Switching different cameras I keep needing to flip it around. Slots from front and back would remove that issue with little weight cost. Maybe an optional mount?

    Also ran into an issue where the center of gravity was dead center on the cross bar. No room underneath to screw in the mounting screw. I had some longer SS screws and used some spacers to raise it up. Due to the weight of the camera (Hasselblad 3DII) even putting the attach screw as close as possible to the cross bar the weight overpowered the servos.
     
  7. Tabb Firchau

    Tabb Firchau Administrator
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    Hi Gary, Thanks for the suggestions. I have had to flip the camera plate around a few times myself! It is always a fine line between keeping these gimbals light, rigid, and functional.

    Yes it is a pain when the CG is right on the cross bar, one of the downsides of the big 25mm tube.

    Another option is a gimbal for each camera.... ;)

    Tabb
     
  8. Gary Haynes

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    Think BIG Tabb. Mount my Hasselblad to a MD-600N then no weight or balance issues. Bit noisy though....
     
  9. Benjamin Rowland

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    Tabb,

    Thanks for the pic. I'll place an order for those extension pieces for the gimbal.
     
  10. I do apologize for asking this, but I believe I may be a bit confused... Is the CineStar 3-Axis Camera actually able to support the weight of an EPIC?
     

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