Here is a brief run-down of routine pre-rehearsal checks. Most will seem obvious… but that’s when you start to take things for granted!
Camera switched on, warmed up and lined up?
• CAMERA HEAD:
Are panning handles firmly attached and at a comfortable angle?
Unlock the tilt lock and check the camera-head balance. Is it nose or back heavy? Check and adjust tilt drag (vertical friction). Unlock and check pan drag (horizontal friction).
Remove the lens cap. (Switch lens electrical capping off.) Is the lens clean?
Check the f-stop number selected during the camera line-up with a chart under standard illumination.
Focus – Check focus control smoothness from nearest to furthest ...