July 9, 2016 at 1:06PM

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One-Man Crew: Which multi-tool?

I'm a filmmaker about to shoot with a shoulder rig for first time. A friend came home to help and brought a Leatherman Wingman which was handy to set up accessories & sound devices. I did some research and I wonder if instead of the Wingman (14 tools) I could get the Juice S2 (12), which is considerably lighter, or even the Skeletool (7 tools). Any experience with those? Will I regret I don't have all the tools I need? I know many gaffers use the Wave, but that's on the heavier and more expensive side.

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Let me clarify the scenario: short doc, following a subject, Canon 5D, Zoom H5, RodeLink Lavalier, AT6530 shotgun, Revo 1500 shoulder rig, SmallRig quick cage, no lights. A few interiors and some walking shots in the street. Some of my future shootings will be similar. I'm not a gaffer on set, I don't need a 17-tool Leatherman Wave for sure. I want to have a multi tool, but I wonder if a small tool like the 7-tool Skeletool will fall short... thanks to all those familiar with multi tools!

July 9, 2016 at 5:31PM

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Pablo Goldbarg
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Pablo,

When i did more gaffing', I used a SOG Multi-tool, which like a WAVE has an overabundance of tools and it quite heavy. I've since switched to the Skeletool.

I can say that a Skeletool sufficient for camera side and even some grip/electrical stuff as well. That being said, I would highly recommend getting a good set of Allen Keys to go with your Skeletool.

July 9, 2016 at 6:46PM

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John Dimalanta
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Thanks for the suggestions. The Skeletool is the one I'm interested in, just keeping an eye in a few complaints about the pliers breaking apart... but I'll decide soon. The Allen set is a great idea. I got a Lezyne CRV-12 for my bike long time ago, it doesn't hurt to throw it in the backpack... thanks.

July 10, 2016 at 11:43PM, Edited July 10, 11:43PM

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Pablo Goldbarg
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I have had the Wingman for several years and it's worked well for me. Tools I use most often in order; flat screwdriver, knife, pliers, phillips screwdriver, scissors.

While a longer knife blade would be nice in certain situations, at half the price or less of the others you mentioned, I think the Wingman is an amazing value.

July 10, 2016 at 11:56PM

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Yes, Wingman seems to be the best bang-for-the-buck Leatherman... thanks.

July 11, 2016 at 11:51PM

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Pablo Goldbarg
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July 11, 2016 at 6:52PM

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Michael Militscher
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