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24Nov Steadicam Merlin Vest with Glidecam HD1000 / HD2000 / HD4000 Stabilizers


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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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11Sep Review: Laing X-15 Vest Arm kit with Laing P-04 Video Stabilizer


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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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14Aug Wieldy II Stabilizer Vest System


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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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15May XCAM Mini vs Skyler MiniCam Handheld Stabilizers


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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 [...]

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25Mar Lensse UniqueX Video Camera Stabilizer


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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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10Dec NEW Dual Arm Stabilizer Vest vs Steadicam Merlin Vest


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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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12Nov Cheap Video Stabilizer Load Vest


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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 vest is [...]

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08Oct Wondlan Carbon Video Camera Stabilizer


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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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13Jul Manyan Video Camera Stabilizer


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Showing up now on eBay, there is another Steadicam Merlin-esque type video camera stabilizer called the Manyan. Build quality looks pretty good and seems to hold up a decent amount of weight. Some of the video samples at the product page are over 2 years old, so it’s obviously been around for a while. Anyone [...]

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05Jul Steadicam Merlin 2 – Review


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YouTube member arthurwoo sends over his review of the NEW Steadicam Merlin 2. In this video he makes some very good points on Pros and Cons of the unit, and also shares with us some sample video footage from the little stabilizer. The Steadicam Merlin 2 has many new upgrades and supposedly a more robust [...]

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02Jul Skyler MiniCam with SoloWheel Flying T4i 650D


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Home for the day, so I decided to see if I had the skills to fly the Skyler MiniCam Video Camera Stabilizer while riding a Gyro-Stabilized Motorized UniCycle called the SoloWheel (found here on eBay).
  
Just in case something disastrous were to happen, I felt comfortable trying this test out with Canon’s latest EOS T4i [...]

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17May DIY Baby Merlin (Steadicam Smoothee) Shaved Base


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Nick Bicanic from http://www.purposelabs.com does a better job than I did with his DIY Steadicam Smoothee (a.k.a Baby Merlin) by shaving down the entire platform to get a perfect fit for his quick release adapter [Thanks Nick]. That little bit of effort definitely makes it look much more solid mounting platform than adding a quick [...]

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23Apr Flycam, Glidecam, and Skyler Stabilizer Features


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This video is complete rambling about different feature sets of a few ‘Small Camera stabilizers’ I use. I have quite a few very large ones as well, but for now i’m just touching on these specifically because they are so close in what audience they are intended for. The three small stabilizers i’m showing are [...]

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15Mar Lensse DSLRPro Stabilizer Demo


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The Lensse DSLRPro Stabilizer has been around for possibly a few months now, and it is the latest version camera stabilizer in their product line. Here’s some footage with a Canon T2i. Lensse uses a custom low friction brass gimbal in their stabilizers, and it doesn’t have quite the range of motion as a Steadicam [...]

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03Mar New – Opteka SteadyVid Pro Stabilizer


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Opteka throws in a new Video Camera stabilizer with a fully adjustable top stage and upgraded 3 axis gimbal. Looks pretty similar to the Steadicam Merlin. The lower weights (stainless steel?) look almost exactly like the ones used in a real Steadicam Merlin (seen here), and the specs say it can handle up to 5lbs [...]

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15Feb GH2 on Baby Merlin (modified Steadicam Smoothee)


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The GH2 or other small video cameras are very lightweight and the selection for a quality stabilizer are few. Lately, there’s been some interest around modifying a Steadicam Smoothee to work with such light cameras. I was able to modify one successfully, but I never got around to showing it’s full capabilities. So it’s great [...]

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