Wieldy HDV PRO Iron Triangle Carbon Fiber Video Camera Stabilizer

A few others have already received their Wieldy stabilizers and have also posted up little video reviews like YouTube member Nitsan Simantov and YouTube member Chrisbottrellphoto. I received my version quite a while ago, but am only getting to posting something now. Here's a closer look at what these new Wieldy Carbon Fiber Video Camera Stabilizers have to offer.

I compare it side by side against the more expensive Glidecam HD4000 which runs for about $569 (seen here), while this new Carbon Fiber Wieldy can be found for just $250 US (found here). In the video (above) I even show how similar the counterweights are, that they can be exchanged with one another. [Update: I noticed prices have gone up since my purchase]

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Besides the affordable price, the new Wieldy has several features the Glidecam HD series stabilizer don't provide such as an adjustable Gimbal, non-rotating sled, and carbon fiber post. Other popular features found on the more expensive Glidecam HD like fine-tuning knobs (trim), adjustable sled weights, and quick release stage has been designed into this Wieldy almost exactly. Overall a great product for the price, and it performs well. Additional information, photos, and other video examples of the Carbon Wieldy Stabilizer in use can be seen following the link to the product page via eBay (Click Here).

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You can also find the Wieldy bundled with a dual arm stabilizer from another seller. It's being rebranded under the name 'CAME' (terrible name). A few listings from this seller show the dual arm vest bundled with this same Wieldy Carbon Fiber stabilizer (Click Here).

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For reference you can find various Glidecam HD Series Stabilizers for sale via B&H (Click Here).
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86 thoughts on “Wieldy HDV PRO Iron Triangle Carbon Fiber Video Camera Stabilizer

  1. Benjamin

    Hello EMM
    Well, first of all, congratulations for your site, it helps me a lot.

    I’ve been studying a lot about stabilizers and vest. From what you have recommended I have very present Wieldy as an option.
    But the truth I do not know all the possibilities that exist, and which brand is best recommended.
    Many know that the price sometimes lie. Buy the most expensive is not always best.

    I plan to buy the Wieldy but I live in Chile, shipping costs and customs taxes raise the price since $ 676 to $ 1,000.
    And I know Wieldy not come with LCD screen and other things.
    Lately I bought the Slider Konova, incredible, and I saw the Konova Steadycam but they stopped making this product. Between Konova and Wieldy there are many differences, even in the price.

    I want to know if it’s worth buying the Wieldy by $ 1,000 dollars or is it better to save and buy another better for not much money?

    Can you make a list of stabilizers + vest + arm that you think is recomended for price and quality?

    I hope you can do that.


    Note: Sorry for my english

  2. Dagan


    Well one thing i first experienced with the Glidecam 2000 Pro was that inability to have static balance because the gimbal was off. I never tried adjusting that model, but years later I bought the glidecam 2000 HD because I was told it could adjust the gimbal for that fine tuning static balance.

    It's very frustrating to have a stabilizer be OUT of balance just because you rotate the camera to face another direction...

    Last question; Can you achieve static balance in every direction with the Wieldy? If not, I will probably just buy the arm and vest and hope you show us how to use the glidecam with it LOL.

    Thanks for the response Emm.

  3. Emm

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    @Dagan - This does not have the ability to calibrate the gimbal like the Glidecam. The design is different, as the Glidecam and some Steadicam models offer extra spacing inside the gimbal housing as 'an alternate adjustment'. It is not there to compensate for bad bearing. Why would anyone use bad bearings?

    One way to think about it is the bearings that are located in the hub at the wheel of your car. The bearings are designed to fit and balance as perfectly as possible. At super high speeds if the bearing was not 'True', then the car would wobble. There is no way to center the bearing on a high speed vehicle. If the bearing is bad, the bearing is bad. Hopefully with these type of stabilizers, they are just using high quality bearings. Gimbal adjustments may be seen as an alternate adjustment for fine tuning balance.

  4. Dagan

    Emm, I am quite concerned about what Britt mentioned ^

    I have a Glidecam HD2000 and the gimbal had to be calibrated. Does the gimbal on this Wieldy have that option as well? If not I would be concerned about the off balance and needing to worry about shipping it back. But being able to adjust the gimbal up and down, carbon fiber really attract me to selling my Glidecam and picking up this Wieldy set.

    Your help is much appreciated Emm.

    Thanks for running such a great site!

  5. Britt

    On both my glidecams the gimbal had to be calibrated. It would be in balance in one direction but lean if you turned the post. Any problems with this on doing that?

  6. Can anyone confirm if this can really support the 7KG's it claims? That's plenty of head room for my kitted out FS100, I just keep reading a number close to 10lbs from forum posters. Thanks in advance!

  7. Emm

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    @Jack - These are often rebranded and now sold with a vest system. I think most people are going straight to the vest.

  8. Jack

    They haven't sold one on eBay in 2 months?... Did the company go out of business. Emm you might know something that I don't .

  9. I have a problem to balance the Wiledy stabilizer so that when turned around an axis was balanced even while swiveling. It looks like a crooked gimbal.

  10. My

    I wish they sold one now so that I could use it for Chinese New Year recording. The vest suite is over the budget for me as a poor college student and there is only one retail seller :( . Why won't someone start selling them in the U.S. so that shipping and time isn't a problem.

  11. Hey,

    Thanks Emm for doing this review!

    I was wondering if anyone knew the tariffs and duties cost for this coming into the US?

    Can't wait till I get mine!

  12. Hey Emm! On the HD4000 the top sled can unscrew from the shaft and the bottom weight stage can also unscrew. Can the Weildy do the same thing or do you have to use an allen wrench to get them off?

  13. Generally

    Rarely will a manufacturer release a new version at a cheaper price.

    So yes just to rake more money in - MkII

  14. Emm

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    @Sally - I wouldn't hold my breathe for a 'Mark II' version to be released anytime soon, and even if it was I guarantee it would be way more expensive. The original wieldy works fine, and I don't see any problems. I think they just want to change the design so they are not similar to the Glidecam.

  15. Sally

    I purchased and just found out he has a MkII to be realesed thats even better in early 2013, oh well.

    HEY EM what do u think of the dual arm as opposed to just getting a single arm. I was hoping to try and mimic some small crane moves with the extra extension.

  16. i was just about to purchase this until i found out it was sold out. great review on your part. ive been using my DIY stabilizer for awhile but want to get more flying action on my shots. please keep us posted when it's available. many thanks from NY.

  17. Emm

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    @Alex - It cannot break down any smaller. The top stage is screwed in place, and the bottom sled is attached to the sliding post. It will not break down into smaller pieces.

  18. Alex

    Does anyone who has bought this know if it can be broken down into smaller pieces for packing/lugging around the world? Emm says in this video "that's the smallest it breaks down" so maybe I misunderstood. I can break down my Glidecam into three pieces for packing and that works great. Can this one do that as well? Thanks in advance for the info.

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  20. I wrote a seller who carries two very similar-looking dual-arm vests with different prices (currently up as ebay items #110987259782 and 110986397079) to ask the difference between them.

    'photolight' replied:
    "This item and 110986397079 have similar quality, the price difference is due to we get this item from other factory with high cost."


  21. Emm

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    @Zach Fine - These vest are all different, I can attest to that. In fact in a few hours i'll post something and you'll know what I mean... There is only one aftermarket vest that I've tried that works smoothly, and that information will be up in a few.

  22. Very curious about those dual-arm vests. Seems there's two on eBay one with blue rubber on the handle of the sled and one with black. The black is slightly more expensive, though both have a dual-arm and both use carbon fiber. Anyone know the difference between them?

    It's hard to contemplate an $800 purchase without seeing more information and examples out there. Are these machined more accurately than previous low-cost efforts from China that had arm bones with joints at odd angles (e.g. menbo-cy008 bone detail shot a ways down this page: http://homebuiltstabilizers.com/hbsboard/index.php?topic=4159.30). Maybe this is a different manufacturer.

    The few example videos I see online are mostly very wide-angle shots (which minimizes instability) and feature people manhandling the sled (it should float in front of the vest, be controllable with body movements, and take a very light touch to control). The manhandling could either be my misinterpretation of what I'm seeing, or evidence that the rig isn't balanceable to the point that it floats properly.

  23. sally

    Em are you able to fly your 60D with the screen flipped out? Just want to know if its worth trying or a waste of time?


  24. Paul Abrahams

    Ok, my next step was to add a QR kit to it. Sorry I got the sled and top plate mixed up. The grub screws were under the top plate but yes, the sled for the counter weights I'll try raising that half way which will raise the Gimbal.

    thanks @Emm

  25. Emm

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    @Paul Abrahams - This Wieldy is not a small stabilizer, so you'll need to add some additional weight to the camera. If the bottom sways, you need to raise the sled. Start with the sled about half way so you can fine tune the counterbalance up or down.

  26. Paul Abrahams

    Thats better, I'm not fighting it as much now but gently guiding it. To get the spring arm horizontal I have the spring on its slackest. How do you counter the slight pogo-ing or bounce? Maybe I need a touch more top weight with the 60D, batt grip perhaps? I have 2 weights on each side (bottom) which work ok on the Vest but handheld I get bottom sway so I usually take 1 weight off each side and raise the gimbal. Right approach?

    Thanks for your help @Emm I know you have a 60D which is lighter than the 5D and you've probably flown both.

    After wearing the Vest for a few days, I agree its very comfortable.

  27. Paul Abrahams

    Thanks @Emm I think everyone that gets the Wieldy Stabilizer & Vest should tighten every screw they find. I found a few loose on the Vest. Just now I found the little allen grub screws that fasten the sled to the center post were loose, they can be easily missed.

    It might balance a bit better now. :-)

  28. Emm

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    @Wes Jerdon - I have not used the larger Flycams, but i'm impressed with the Wieldy. I would suggest looking into a vest system. There is one that is bundled with a Wieldy stabilizer, but rebranded under a different name.

  29. Hey Emm! First time posting, LOVE this site! Thanks for everything!

    I am buying my first ever stabilizer here soon. I have the Canon 5D Mark III and will be using a 24-70mm (1st gen). What would be better between the two? The Weildy one listed (when it comes back up again) or this Flycam 3000 WITH wrist brace. I do have some wrist problems, so thats why I am looking at the one with the brace.


  30. Emm

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    @Paul Abrahams - You can adjust the tension of the arm to make it carry more or less weight. The arm should extend almost horizontal across (not going up or down) and that would be about the proper setting. I have the same vest, and works like a charm. Will be posting a video by Sunday.

  31. Paul Abrahams

    Hi Wieldy owners and flyers. I've spent a few days now trying different methods to balance my Canon 60D + 17-55mm. At one stage I had adjusted the two bottom plates and got myself in a world of bother. But I seem to have it close now. Going by the Wieldy Videos they balance a 5D using 1 weight on each side. I noted that this is ok for hand held but when I went to the Arm Vest I added another weight each side and moved the gimbal lower for drop time. The spring seems a little too strong for flying weights around 1.5k.

    I've never flown anything before so its trial and eror for me. I have noticed that its nigh impossible to get pin point centre balance.

    I thought the Arm Vest freely supported the stabilizer but I'm realising it acts more like suspension. I have the Arm on the left with my left hand holding the handle for the horizontal plane and my right hand guides the stabilizer just under the gimbal.

    Am I geting close to how this works?

    Is spring is replaceable?

    Is the Merlin Pilot much better?

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