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20Feb DIY Glidecam / Monopod Modification


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I get it. Sometimes you fly a stabilizer around and need to take a pause for a long static shot. These things can get quite heavy, so being able to stand on it’s own could be beneficial for event shooters. Varizoom offers a Monopod / Stabilizer called the FlowPod (seen here), but when used as [...]

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20Feb New – Wondlan Mini Camera Stabilizer


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Earlier this year Wondlan released a Carbon Fiber Stabilizer that doubled as a short monopod when you’re not running around. A neat idea, but so far we haven’t seen any real solid tests of perfect flight capabilities. Now Wondlan throws in a much smaller unit made from Aluminum to support cameras in the same range [...]

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30Jan DIY Steadicam Smoothee Mod – Cheesycam Baby Merlin


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Yup, within the first few minutes the Steadicam Smoothee walked through the door it was laying helplessly in pieces on my workbench. As I suspected, it’s quite easy to modify this little stabilizer. With a quick release adapter, a top stage that can be fine tuned Left/Right & Forward/Back for easy balance, and one of [...]

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23Jan Steady Dragon Camera Stabilizer


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There’s a million different little stabilizers on the market, but about a month ago (maybe a bit longer), the Steady Dragon brand upgraded the Gimbal to a universal joint. This type of gimbal provides the maximum amount of range compared to the little Ball-and-Socket type like found in the Hague MMC. The Steady Dragon [...]

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21Jan Skyler MiniCam DSLR Video Stabilizer


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The Skyler MiniCam has been a work in progress floating around the Internet for a very long time, but this is the first time i’ve seen it available on eBay. A clever little stabilizer which stands on it’s own like a tripod, looks to have great build quality, and very simple fine tuning knobs. A [...]

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04Jan Life After Death – Steadicam Vest


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Preparing for a last minute shoot today, I found my Steadicam Merlin Vest had cracked on the upper chest piece. Crap. The quick fix for me today was to use the top portion of the Konova Vest and mate it with the Steadicam Merlin Arm (which is held on with the waist area). There was [...]

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10Dec DSLR Flycam Nano Body Vest Stabilizer


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Is it me or is this something new from Flycam? I don’t remember seeing something exactly like this before in their product line. It’s a new body vest support for those Flycam DSLR Stabilizers. It doesn’t look like your typical spring loaded isoelastic stabilizer arm, so it may not be used for walking or running [...]

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28Nov Wondlan Carbon Fiber DSLR Video Camera Stabilizer


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Wondlan’s sporting a new Carbon Fiber Video camera Stabilizer and Vimeo member LJ Lee has a nice little review. I like the fact that it can be extended long enough to be used as a short monopod, something the Glidecam stabilizers won’t do. It also has a ready quick release system to get the camera [...]

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11Sep Hollywood UltraLight Video Camera Stabilizer


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Another Hollywood Ultralight turns up on auction. This ultralight stabilizer is a discontinued product, but works like a mini Glidecam (as seen in the video demonstration above). It can support cameras of up to 4lbs, but with all the new GF3 like cameras with HD video, it’s too bad they don’t start making these things [...]

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17Aug No Name Stabilizer


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(Above) Video was just for fun, don’t take it seriously
I’ve probably tested more stabilizers than the Brady Bunch Family has fingers and toes (combined). Not everything makes it on the blog, because it just ends up as wasted sapce. Now i’m not saying some of these stabilizers ‘won’t fly’. What I look into and weigh [...]

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05Aug First Look – Konova Vest Arm Video Camera Stabilizer


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A closer look at the Konova video camera Stabilizer Vest and Arm. Let’s start here. Pricing? Not very competitive. Everyone knows about my Hybrid setup using the Steadicam Merlin Vest / Arm + Glidecam HD4000. This hybrid setup works extremely well and you can probably put one together yourself for around $2300 or so. The [...]

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15Jul Testing a Stabilizer w/ Vest and Arm


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Testing out some new gear here. Purposely a very poor image with badges erased. The vest and arm are very impressive, but we’ll see how the actual stabilizer performs. It’s not a Steadicam or Glidecam brand name. Unless you can tell which one this is by the image, i’ll have a review on this item [...]

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03Jun Wondlan Demo – Leopard Stabilizer


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Wondlan’s new Leopard Stabilizer system comes in along with some of the cheapest Dual Arm Vest + Stabilizer kits. How well does it work? Hmm..There’s a few videos that are showing up over at Vimeo for you to take a look at. One demo above, and an instructional type video showing how to assemble the [...]

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25May ‘New’ Flycam Nano DSLR Video


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Moderately impressive video on this most confusing ‘latest’ Flycam Nano DSLR Stabilizer. I say ‘moderately impressive’ because it’s not that you couldn’t already do all these tricks with any other version of stabilizer. Aside from what looks to be overall bigger (so it can carry more weight), there’s not a lot of information about what’s [...]

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18May DIY Recycled Bike Steadicam


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What do you get when you mix an old Bike Wheel, Bike Crank, and Bike Wheel Hub? You get a functioning Video Camera Stabilizer a.k.a DIY Steadicam. It will all make more sense after checking out the video above from YouTube member thomasumJohnson. Improvements? I would stay start with a smaller wheel maybe from a [...]

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14May Flycam Nano Stabilizer Test


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Vimeo member Satva Leung shares a Flycam Nano stabilizer test with me. It’s pretty nice to see someone fairly new to stabilizers get great results, especially from such a cheap piece of equipment. Flying a Canon T2i + Tokina 11-16mm (same lens I used on a few tests), check out the results. I haven’t flown [...]

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