Sunday, April 21, 2013

Josh Zach and Mini-Crab #175

Meet Mini-Crab Dolly #175, owned by our new friend, Josh Zach, of Raleigh, North Carolina. Looks like a nice, clean dolly with some great accessories, including factory front and side boards. 
Josh shares his story on how he acquired #175, "I'm a radio news correspondent in Raleigh, and spend my spare time as a photographer and videographer. In 2009, I was working as a freelance DP for a marketing company on a TV commercial shoot. One day of the week-long shoot was on the green screen stage of an area corporation (they use the stage for many things, one of which is motion capture for video games). Anyway, during the course of the shoot, the CEO of the marketing company noticed that the stage was in the process of updating equipment and getting rid of items they didn't want anymore. He had his eye on a pair of reel to reel decks, but in order to obtain them he had to buy a tagged lot. The Colortran Crab Dolly was in that lot, and when I saw it, I fell in love with it. He held on to the dolly until recently, and when he asked me if I wanted it -- I jumped at the opportunity. #175 is in complete working order, a smooth ride, and really just needs a good cleaning".

Josh will be made a member of the exclusive Sarkell Society. The society's membership list will be updated soon as we have a couple of new members to add.

On behalf of the Sarkell Society, we welcome Josh Zach to the brotherhood of Colortran Mini-Crab Dolly owners! Welcome Josh!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Colortran Mini-Crab Dolly Operating Manual

After receiving many requests to post the Colortran Mini-Crab Dolly Operating Manual, here it is! All 17 pages! 
Unfortunately, I only have a copy of a copy of a copy, etc. So, the quality is not the best, but hopefully you can get the info you need from this posting. I will also work on trying to convert this file to a pdf file for anyone that needs it. If someone out there has an original copy of this manual, please let me know. Click on any image to enlarge.

David Rakoczy of Emerald Coast Filmworks

David Rakoczy, CEO of Emerald Coast Filmworks, a member of our distinguished society, recently shared this image of his Sony F3 system.

David's beautiful F3 system, outfitted with premium Cooke Primes, was paired-up in the above photo with his Colortran Mini-Crab Dolly, #148. Although David's Mini-Crab is not shown in the photo, you can find his Mini-Crab archived on this site in an earlier post. It's posted under October 2, 2010.

Many DP's are now shooting on Super 35, 4K and other digital formats. The film cameras of yesterday are becoming relics of the past.

It's good to know that the Colortran Mini-Crab dollies are being ushered into the new age of digital cinematography. Just another testimate to William Sargent's ingenious and compact design!

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