I am looking at:
I don’t like the cranes that use a wired pulley systems for controlling the camera.
The crane will need to carry a 7 pound camcorder.
Nikolai, thanks… I appreciate the feedback and insight. To you and others who may be interested, the “cable mechanism” that I don’t think I like is on http://www.cameracranes.us/ and a couple of others. It seems to be how the camera’s up/down control is maintained. The three I listed on the original post have a solid piece of metal, running parallel to the actual boom, controlling that camera motion.
Actually, my cameras (either a Sony HDR-HC1 or HDR-FX1) are under 7 pounds – closer to 5 pounds for the heavier FX1, but I agree with the “scariness” of putting my investment out there up to 12 (or more) feet away with a thumbscrew…
I like the “turnkey” ProAm because it comes with everything – so either THEY put it all together or I do – either way, it needs to be done.
I have a couple of light trees (which is the heavy duty ProAm tripod), so I don’t really need it from ProAm – but I need to connect the crane to that tripod… Whether Kessler or GlideCam or ProAm…