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21Jan Wieldy Dual ISO Arm Vest Video Stabilizer


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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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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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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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13May Tips for Balancing Opteka SteadyVid Pro


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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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09Apr Canon 5D Mark III + Sigma 20mm on Skyler MiniCam


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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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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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13Feb Steadicam Smoothee Modified – Baby Merlin


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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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12Sep DIY Steadicam – Ladder Bracket


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Starting with a basic Ladder Hanging Bracket found at Home Depot, Vimeo member StudioAmarelo was able to create this DIY Steadicam. The Gimbal is based on WSClater’s Traxxas U-joint design. From there it’s a matter of placing weights in the right spot. You can find some additional information at the video link (here). [Thanks Garrick]

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25May Steadicam Merlin – Quick Overview


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No matter how many Honda Civics are out on the road, there will always be the other guy who’d rather drive the more expensive Porsche. Sure it’s apples to oranges, but if you just need to make a trip to the grocery store, the end result is the same. My point being that a flying [...]

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12Dec DIY Arm Brace for Flycam Nano


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Big thanks to Mark H. for taking time out to make this video. Here Mark is showing us his DIY arm brace for his Flycam Nano stabilizer. The Flycam Nano is proving to be a very popular small stabilizer, but one thing to note is that even the handle comes in small. If you’re not [...]

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11Nov The infamous $24 dollar Shoulder Support


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This $24 dollar shoulder rig just won’t quit. Well, we may have to change the name as the popularity of this cheap plastic design gains popularity, the price has since inflated. This unit also is being sold under different names, but I have never heard of any one designed better than the other. There’s an [...]

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09Nov The Tiffen Smoothee Lives?


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Some bit of news going out to all the iPhone Fanboys (and FanGirls). It’s been a long long time since the annoucement of the Tiffen Smoothee. The ‘Smoothee’ is a Steadicam Merlin like device originally designed as a stabilizer for the iPhone, but it doesn’t look too difficult to port something like that to support [...]

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25Sep Canon 60D Video Stabilizer – First Flight Glidecam HD4000


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Wait! Just gotta say sorry about the mess, I just bought the place and still moving crap in. Boxes everywhere, don’t know where to put anything yet. Hey you’re lucky i’m even sharing this test video, it’s almost Midnight! Yeah and it might be a bit dark too, I wasn’t going for quality here, just [...]

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