XDCAM EX1 and Letus Extreme test shoot.
Well I took the EX1 and Letus extreme, along with a few lenses and my Miller tripod on the good old tube into London.
I have NEVER taken public transport with gear before, impossible. But, today a new dawn. A new beginning, well not quite. For what I wanted to do today it made sense to get the underground.
It all went very well. Both the camera clean and with the adaptor looked awesome. Low light was no problem and all the pictures look fantastic. I had real problems with my rod mount, it became very loose, it looks like I had the wrong screw in one hole, so I took the Letus off and reattached it with no rod mount and support. Not ideal, but it worked and it got me through the rest of the shoot.
Shame I managed to break my extreme due to my complete clumsiness. I noticed a bit of dirt on the ground glass so I opened her up, removed the dirt but as I was putting it back together I slipped and knocked some bits which I shouldn’t have knocked. The end result being it doesn’t work anymore. With This could well be a real nightmare. My 6 day shoot across the UK starts on Saturday evening and I was due to take the extreme with me. Fortunately I emailed Hien at Letus and incredibly he raced to fed ex with a new Letus Extreme and managed to make the UK cutoff by one minute. If all goes well I could get in Saturday morning. If not then I will have to take my Brevis with me, which is fine but I don’t have a flip for it and there is no reverse image thingy in the EX1 like the JVC HD200 so it would mean bringing my Marshall and my idx batteries and my charger, so suddenly I am carrying loads more weight! That was not the plan! But, how amazing is Hien?! Talk about customer service above and beyond! What a star!
In the meantime I am editing together today’s footage into one of my nice little musical things.
View the film here.