DIY Video and Photography Projects

DIY Glidecam / Monopod Modification
February 20, 2012


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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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New – Wondlan Mini Camera Stabilizer
February 20, 2012


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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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DIY Steadicam Smoothee Mod – Cheesycam Baby Merlin
January 30, 2012


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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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Steady Dragon Camera Stabilizer
January 23, 2012


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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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Skyler MiniCam DSLR Video Stabilizer
January 21, 2012


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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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Life After Death – Steadicam Vest
January 4, 2012


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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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DSLR Flycam Nano Body Vest Stabilizer
December 10, 2011


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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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Wondlan Carbon Fiber DSLR Video Camera Stabilizer
November 28, 2011


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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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Hollywood UltraLight Video Camera Stabilizer
September 11, 2011


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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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No Name Stabilizer
August 17, 2011


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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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First Look – Konova Vest Arm Video Camera Stabilizer
August 5, 2011


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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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Testing a Stabilizer w/ Vest and Arm
July 15, 2011


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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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Wondlan Demo – Leopard Stabilizer
June 3, 2011


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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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‘New’ Flycam Nano DSLR Video
May 25, 2011


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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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DIY Recycled Bike Steadicam
May 18, 2011


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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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Flycam Nano Stabilizer Test
May 14, 2011


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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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