DIY Video and Photography Projects

Wieldy Dual ISO Arm Vest Video Stabilizer
January 21, 2013


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Let me start by saying I do own a Steadicam Merlin Vest and the Glidecam HD4000 stabilizer. These are two high quality pieces of gear that will give excellent results, but total over $2100+ US dollars. If you can afford this combination, you won’t be disappointed with the results.
For those who can’t afford such [...]

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


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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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Steadicam Merlin 2 – Review
July 5, 2012


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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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Tips for Balancing Opteka SteadyVid Pro
May 13, 2012


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Here’s a helpful video showing some balancing techniques with the Opteka SteadyVid Pro camera stabilizer from YouTube member videotestground. Looks like he’s able to get it dialed in pretty good. Just want to remind people that these stabilizers won’t make you a perfect operator overnight. That comes from knowing what to look for when balancing, [...]

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Canon 5D Mark III + Sigma 20mm on Skyler MiniCam
April 9, 2012


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Today I decided to try and balance the Canon 5D Mark III with a Sigma 20mm F/1.8 lens on the Skyler MiniCam. Sorry I don’t have any interesting test footage right now, but i’ll be shooting something later on today (which is why i’m balancing it). Still very happy I was able to find one [...]

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Lensse DSLRPro Stabilizer Demo
March 15, 2012


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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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New – Opteka SteadyVid Pro Stabilizer
March 3, 2012


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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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Steadicam Smoothee Modified – Baby Merlin
February 13, 2012


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It was only a couple of weeks ago I posted information on how to modify a Steadicam Smoothee, essentially making it a mini Steadicam Merlin stabilizer (a.k.a Baby Merlin). If you have a small camera, and you’re a fan of the Merlin steadicam, this mod will come in at about 1/5th the price. In the [...]

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