DIY Video and Photography Projects

Steadicam Merlin Vest with Glidecam HD1000 / HD2000 / HD4000 Stabilizers
November 24, 2013






Some people want to stick with big brand names – nothing with wrong with that. So if you’re looking for my suggestion in this area, one of my favorite Stabilizer + Vests combinations still to this day is the hybrid Steadicam Merlin Vest + Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer. Obviously the Glidecam Stabilizer can be used without […]






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Review: Laing X-15 Vest Arm kit with Laing P-04 Video Stabilizer
September 11, 2013






Here’s a little review on another new and affordable Stabilizer Vest System for lightweight camera setups to medium sized cameras. This is the Came / Laing X-15 Vest+Arm matched up with the Laing P-04 Hand Held Stabilizer. The Laing products have been around for quite some time, and I hear about RED Camera operators using […]






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Wieldy II Stabilizer Vest System
August 14, 2013






Earlier this year, I showed off a Wieldy Stabilizer Vest system that finally met my needs to fly a lightweight camera setup. The vest was able to fly both my simple Canon 5D Mark III as well as my BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera. If you’re interested, you can see that original video and article (found […]






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XCAM Mini vs Skyler MiniCam Handheld Stabilizers
May 15, 2013






I purchased a Skyler MiniCam about a year ago. At the time I was looking for a very small stabilizer that was easy to travel with, offered a quick release system, fine tuning knobs, and can fly at least the Canon 5D Mark III camera. I personally felt the price was very good for the […]






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Lensse UniqueX Video Camera Stabilizer
March 25, 2013






Lensse is a company that makes very simple and affordable Video camera stabilizers that support iPhones all the way up to heavy DSLR bodies. These stabilizers balance your camera over a ball socket gimbal, attempting to prevent the transfer of shaky hands into the camera while walking, and also keeping your camera level with the […]






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NEW Dual Arm Stabilizer Vest vs Steadicam Merlin Vest
December 10, 2012






I have used and abused my Steadicam Merlin Vest over the years, and although the ISO Arm has lasted me this long, the actual worn vest has slowly been degrading. I love the Steadicam Merlin Vest, and highly recommend the performance it gives, but even at $1500 dollars for the vest only (seen here) this […]






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Cheap Video Stabilizer Load Vest
November 12, 2012






Guess what came in the mail recently? It’s that cheap video stabilizer load vest I posted about a few weeks ago. I’ve had a bit of time with the gear, and as with any product there’s Pros and Cons. Pros: The cheap vest is a combination of snap buckles and velcro, while the Steadicam Merlin […]






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Wondlan Carbon Video Camera Stabilizer
October 8, 2012






Less than a year ago, Wondlan introduced a few hand held carbon fiber stabilizers. Since the release, it was short of showcasing excellent examples of the stabilizers in use, so it was hard to tell if it was the actual unit or operator experience. Here’s one video that shows some pretty fluid movements and also […]






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