Continued from “My Story”…
Last year I had been using the Sony FX-7 as my primary camera and was happy with the footage but due to its size and weight, I was limited to how I could use it.
I took the conventional approach and set-up rigging, hanging in a stationary position to shoot. With Fred Flintstone stick and ducttape modifications, I quickly realized how a) my gear was unsafe and b) the physical size and weight of the video camera limited my movement.
I wanted to be able to move with my subject and shoot from different angles at one rigging point. I needed a smaller and lighter camera. And this is what brought me to Vistek.
Up to the third floor I went to the video department to get some advice and possible solutions to my dilemma. Fred introduced me to the Sony MC-1, a small, lightweight HD camera with the added bonus of being separated from the viewfinder/battery pack by a 9ft umbilical cord. Stick it on the end of a 10ft pole and I was pretty sure it would help me to get the shots I desired.
It was actually small enough that I could stuff it into a backpack and free climb to the various positions I wanted to shoot from, set-up my own anchor stations as I needed the shoot the footage, collapse my anchors and move to a new positions.
I was very excited to get into the field and test my new camera!