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4 out of 5 Stars for the CobraCrane Backpacker
"This jib offers lots of flexibility for location shooting. Easy to set up, mounts to the tripod head and can be controlled by both the jib arm and tripod head. With a fully rigged DSLR or small pro video camera, we found we needed 10 lbs of weight on the jib to balance the load. This puts a lot of pressure on the tripod head, so this jib is best suited to a heavier heads. We mounted it to a Manfrotto 501, which I would say would be the lightest head you should use. Excellent jib, sturdy for its size."
5 out of 5 Stars for the CC2HD+
Needed a dependable, portable jib for an expensive (ALEXA) camera. The CobraCrane 2HD PLUS filled the bill. A 28-lb. payload (with Zeiss Superspeed 18mm prime and Preston focus motor) required 105 lbs. of balancing weight. Put it on an Oconnor 2075 head and heavy-duty metal tripod on wheels. Was stable throughout the lift range, although the head pan and tilt could be used for repositioning purposes only.
4 out of 5 Stars for the CC1HD
I have been using this crane for shooting video with my SLR. The multi-directional axis motion + gear-chained camera tilt control unlocks a ridiculous amount of shot possibilities. I have only begun to scratch the service of the types of shots that can be achieved with this setup. What could be better? There could be room for improvement with the durability of the harnessing/fastener clips on the gear-chain line, they can have the tendency to slip occasionally and lose tension on the line. All in all though, it's a great piece of equipment that I'd highly recommend to anyone seeking to take their video work to the next level.