Steadicam Arm Vest + Merlin 2 (Damn Good) Deal

Here's something odd that reader Dwight has just shared with us {thanks Dwight}. The Steadicam Merlin Vest is one of the best vests to fly both lightweight and medium weight cameras. Price of course was a bit steep around $1500 dollars, but if you follow this blog you would know it's recently been reduced down to $995. Yeah that's a pretty good deal for the brand, warranty, and quality.

But if that price still sounds a bit steep, maybe there's a way to offset the cost. For some unusual reason one bundle includes a Steadicam Merlin 2 stabilizer for just $4.95 more. Yes, for less than 5 bucks, you get a brand new Steadicam Merlin 2 stabilizer thrown in. So if you wanted to take the time, i'm sure you can find a way to offload a brand new Merlin 2 for a few hundred dollars, bringing your total purchase down to say maybe $600 bucks for an awesome Steadicam Vest. Check out the link below to see these products.

Steadicam Merlin Vest Merlin 2 Price
find-price-button Steadicam Merlin Vest Arm Merlin 2 Stabilizer Bundle

[FYI - This bundle used to run about $2200 when I purchased it]

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17 thoughts on “Steadicam Arm Vest + Merlin 2 (Damn Good) Deal

  1. @Trevor Calderon - The stabilizer sits on top of the ISO Arm post. So it's just a matter of lifting it off to use it as a normal glidecam (and of course take off the vest).

  2. Emm,

    I've purchased through your links before (lighting, dolly, slider, few others).
    To be detailed but brief:
    I want to film weddings while switching between 2 rigs.
    1: Steadicam Merlin Arm/Vest and an HD4000 with a 5D Mark III mounted
    2: Monopod setup with a GH4 mounted.

    I found the adapter that i need for the glidecam/steadicam setup in another article of yours. Thanks! My main questions are.

    Do I have to take the whole vest off to switch over to the monopod?
    Can I simply take the pin out and remove the Arm/Glidecam in order to switch to the monopod rig.
    How easy will it be to transition from the glidecam/vest setup to the monopod setup in a wedding environment. Hope that's clear. As always, thanks for all the feedback you provide!

  3. Dhillen

    Thanks very much for you educational videos. They have answered a lot of my questions and helped with my research. I just purchased from B&H the Steadicam Vest + Merlin combo as well as a Glidecam XR2000 by clicking the links on your website. I hope this helps you.

    I also called the tech support guy at B&H and asked him about the Merlin 2 fitting the swing arm on the Steadicam vest. He said it probably won't fit and he said it was "weird" they are selling them together. I will likely flog the Merlin once I get it as you suggest and use the Glidecam with the swing arm and vest.

    Thanks again.

    Dhillen

  4. Emm

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    @Akos - I think there are some good ones out there, but I can probably do another balancing video in my own style.

  5. Emm

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    @Akos - That was January of 2013 (more than a year ago). Comparing the vests alone would be a $500 dollar Wieldy Vest against a $1600 Steadicam Vest. Today the prices have drastically changed (especially if you can offset the cost by selling off a Merlin).

    I'm not a fan of the velcro on the Steadicam Vest, but you can purchase the 'buckle upgrade kit'. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/857202-REG/Steadicam_801_7816_Merlin_Vest_Buckle.html

    The plastic chest plate is not as solid as the metal chest plate on the Wieldy Vest, but mine lasted through years of abuse before it cracked. The ISO arm on the Steadicam is smoother than the Wieldy. They each have pros and cons, and with a price difference of over $1000 dollars that made the decision easier for budget shooters. Now that the prices could be relatively closer (if you can sell off the Merlin), I would say go for the Steadicam Vest.

  6. JKPinPDX

    LOL! About time you guys saw this! I bought this exact bundle a couple weeks ago, and I thought it was an 'error' but it was not. So eYah... this is a GREAT DEAL and thanks to our main-man Emm again for finding us a great deal! (even if I found it a couple weeks ago first! LOL!)

    Just get it if you are in the market for the REAL STUFF!

  7. Joshua

    It certainly will hold the glidecam, I have this exact vest with a glidecam. Mine I got from ebay with an adapter the person before me used. On ebay you can sometimes find some crazy deals. I got the steadicam vest, arm, and glidecam all for $890, used. It was all in perfect quality when it came!

  8. Emm

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    @Teddy Espo - Umm, i'm hesitant to say it's possibly pricing error? May not be around very long.

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