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#1 Damon Cirulli

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 08:00 PM

Hey everyone,

Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I am thinking of buying a Glidecam V.16 for $1500.

Any advice from someone who has used this model?

Thanks.
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#2 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 08:10 PM

Hey everyone,

Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I am thinking of buying a Glidecam V.16 for $1500.

Any advice from someone who has used this model?

Thanks.



Search the archives here but, Like anything, you get what you pay for.
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#3 Amando Crespo

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 09:06 PM

Hey everyone,

Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I am thinking of buying a Glidecam V.16 for $1500.

Any advice from someone who has used this model?

Thanks.


it´s cheap. To learn...I don´t not if to fly steadicam or how don´t spend the money...There is better home build stead than this and for 100$...
Good luck
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#4 Aaron Medick SOC

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 09:20 PM

We really don't think about it. I've never seen or used one. Everyone has to start some where and it may be a great start for you, but I don't think anyone here has any experience with Glide cam.

If you have any questions about Tiffen Steadicam, GPI PRO, XCS, Preston, Bartech, etc., we will gladdly answer to the best of our ability.
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#5 Amando Crespo

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 09:22 PM

Hey everyone,

Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I am thinking of buying a Glidecam V.16 for $1500.

Any advice from someone who has used this model?

Thanks.


it´s cheap. To learn...I don´t not if to fly steadicam or how don´t spend the money...There is better home build stead than this and for 100$...
Good luck

I wasn´t be rude....May be my poor english....
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#6 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 09:35 PM

I have seen it. I have also watched someone spend 30 minutes trying to fine tune their balance with it. Personally I would avoid it. If you are looking to learn on the cheep get a Steadicam Pilot and live with the weight limitations. You aren't going to find much else out there for $1500 but in this case I would say you get what you pay for.

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#7 Mark Schlicher

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 10:53 PM

The V16 is crude even by current Glidecam standards. A single arm, very difficult fore/aft and side to side camera stage adjustments. No "threads" adjustments. Drop time adjustment is difficult. If you're serious about learning to operate well, a Pilot or Flyer are worth the investment.

Good luck.

Hey everyone,

Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I am thinking of buying a Glidecam V.16 for $1500.

Any advice from someone who has used this model?

Thanks.


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#8 thomas-english

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 03:47 PM

Sometimes its worth learning on a system that is a complete nightmare. $1500 dollars does not buy you much in this business and you will have fun but you will not make any money. Your best off spending a little extra and getting a pilot. You may make some money on little HDV shows and concerts.

Either way, good luck
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#9 Charles King

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 03:44 AM

Damon, I think the right question would be, do you intend on making a career out of your purchase? Like all comments that have been posted have a valid point but they are only true if you intend on dedicating yourself to this field. I know everyone has to start some where and sometimes, somewhere is not really where you really want to start from? :) Like all things in live that cost, you have to know your absolute budget. No need spend a leg or an arm if you're not in it for the money.

Edited by Charles King, 19 November 2009 - 03:47 AM.

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#10 Kyle Harbour

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Posted 27 November 2009 - 11:18 PM

My school has one of those. I have taught myself how to use it and have used it on a few films shoots at school.
I would say buy a Steadicam brand.
Its a pain in the but using that system.
anytime you want to take the camera off of the Sled you have to take a Allan wrench and unscrew the whole thing to take the camera off and the screw it back on and get it balanced. It really takes a lot of time.
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#11 Thomas K. Jensen

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Posted 28 November 2009 - 02:43 AM

Damon, I think the right question would be, do you intend on making a career out of your purchase? Like all comments that have been posted have a valid point but they are only true if you intend on dedicating yourself to this field. I know everyone has to start some where and sometimes, somewhere is not really where you really want to start from? :) Like all things in live that cost, you have to know your absolute budget. No need spend a leg or an arm if you're not in it for the money.


I have invested in a small system - and that was OK.
But then came the irritations - the system could not be adjusted for perfect static/dynamic balance.
And the sled was to thin to make beautiful pans.

I have spend $3500 on a product, that I have not been using for a while.
Instead I rent a Tiffen Archer system every time I do some steadicam work.
And i have realized that it was better for me to have spend the full amount in the first place.

Just my thoughts.
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