Glidecam HD2000 Review – DSLRUniversity

A while back I did a demo using a Glidecam HD4000, and my most recent video the Glidecam HD1000. I found that if I wanted to fly a bit more weight than the HD1000 and less weight than the HD4000, my next stabilizer review would be the in between Glidecam HD2000 (right smack in between). I did do a short video on the Glidecam 2000 Pro which totally misses the mark on the fine tuning knobs available on the HD series.

Michael Sato over at beat me to an official Glidecam HD2000 review. He's got a sample BTS video out on the Raley Field - Sacramento Rivercats where he flexes his 'strumph' flying without a vest. I think my knees would have given out on me if I tried that for very long. To follow up, he's got a full page article written up with more detailed information about the Glidecam HD2000. So between the few reviews i've shown for the HD4000 & HD1000, and the review on the HD2000, you should have enough resources to find out what might work best for you.

Here is the Glidecam HD 1000
Here is the Glidecam HD 2000
Here is the Glidecam HD 4000

12 thoughts on “Glidecam HD2000 Review – DSLRUniversity

  1. Emm

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    @frank - You can add a quick release adapter under the camera. This will make it easier to move the camera on and off the system.

  2. frank

    i got hd 2000 today i know its gonna be a difficult journey to get smooth shots but already ive met a problem before i even attatch camera to quick release using the lumix gh2 and see that the gh2 with the 14 140 lens are on the same plane making it impossible to focus while tightened to the plate. is it ok to raise the camera with some kind of packer to free the lens up a few mill,
    any suggestions welcome

  3. Emm

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    @Nick - The Glidecam should be balanced properly so that there is absolutely no pendulum motion. There would be no need to counter any pendulum swinging. It should only require steering.

  4. Nick

    By holding it lower, aren't you countering the pendulum motion better when the Glidecam is in motion? By holding it too close to the gimbel I agree that it is easier to steer but I would also argue that it is harder to eliminate any pendulum tendencies.

  5. Emm

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    Well the video isn't a review. In my paragraph I mentioned the video was BTS. In my second paragraph I mention the full review is through his website. You may want to read the details there.

  6. JayDee

    Well, then, I can say it's a pretty bad video ! LOL !

    By the way, I love your blog: it's the first thing I look at (on the web...) everyday.



  7. Emm

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    Thanks, by saying 'You are not using it Properly, and 'It shows in your video', I hope that's not directed to me..hahaha. I'm not in that video.

  8. Fabdex

    I agree with Pascal: you are not using it properly. I agree with you that you have to use your other hand to steer it, but by holding it so low on the balancing post, you are actually damping it. And it shows in your video: it really is not all that fluid. You are introducing a lot of bump.

    Try steering by holding it closer to the gimbal.

  9. Emm

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    Actually proper use is with two hands. One to carry the weight, the other to control panning and tilting. It's the proper way to fly any steadicam type stabilizer including the Merlin.

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