Seven Jib Specifications

Photo Courtesy Long Valley Equipment

Some details courtesy our friends at Long Valley Equipment:

  • Folds to just 33 inches in length.
  • 100mm invertible bowl for over or underslung shooting.
  • 6.5 feet of lift.
  • 60 pounds total capacity.
  • Mounts on 100mm bowl or Mitchell base.
  • 55 inches of reach.
  • Built-in tilt lock.
  • Uses standard barbell weights for counterweight.
  • Radial needle bearing in base for super smooth swings.
  • Quick release rod ends on parallel bar make for super fast set up.

Further from the How To Use The Seven Jib section of Long Valley Equipment, we have these recommendations and instructions.

Heads

First, you need to take a look at your current pan/tilt head and make sure that it is compatible. The Seven Jib works with Cartoni, Sachtler, Vinten, Bogen, Miller, OConnor, etc. Our Seven Jib works with the OConnor heads we have in stock rental stock except for the 2575.

Tripod Legs and the SEVEN Jib

The Seven Jib XL is designed to work on the tripod legs we already have.

Now, a word about weight. One hundred pounds up on your sticks sounds like a lot, but this isn't bad, as the weight is perfectly balanced on top of the sticks - the center of the swing axis of the jib, and where all the weight is, is right in the very center of the sticks, if the top of your tripod is close to level. Nothing on the tripod wants to tip the rig over, like when you have your camera tilted forward on the fluid head without the jib, because everything is balanced with the jib.

Level Your Sticks

Get a shorty carpenter's level from Home Depot or Lowe's or wherever and decide where you want to set up the jib. Spread out the sticks, remove the head, then eyeball the top of the tripod. Adjust the legs until the top is pretty close to level, then check with the carpenter's level. It doesn't have to be dead on, remember, because you can fine level the head at the end of the Seven Jib. Watch out! Other jibs don't have ball levelling - they expect you to get your sticks perfectly level. The head just sits flat on their cheap end plates. The Seven Jib has a cast/machined T356 aircraft aluminum bowl on the end that lets you level your head just like on your sticks.

So now your sticks are pretty much level. Unfold and mount the jib. One tip: use a chair or apple box to rest the camera end of the jib on when you set it up. You can put the bowl end on the floor but then you have to bend over to mount the head and camera and level the head and it's harder when you have to bend over.

Put a 20 or 25 pound barbell weight on the weight bar, and tighten the nuts to it. This will pre-load the jib and keep the hinged main bar rigid while you mount the head and camera. Make sure that the pan and tilt locks on the head are tightened. Then add more weights until you have the rig balanced.

Now you can shoot. But first, you can re-level your tripod head if needed. Sometimes you need to make the head un-level to make the shot look right, usually because of lens distortion. Or maybe you want things to look funky.

Training and Usage

As with all things we rent, tell us if you need to see how it works, how it is assembled, or anything you may question. We are here to make you comfortable with the equipment.



This page hand coded for your enjoyment on 3/25/14