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#1 Wilx

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 03:15 PM

Hi all, I've just got a steadicam JR. This thing is proper old-school - it comes with an instructional VHS!

The gimbal is separate from the main body of the steadicam, and although I can fit it where it's supposed to go, there's no obvious way of fixing it there. Does anyone know how the gimbal is supposed to attach?

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I'm doing a shoot tomorrow morning - and it would be really, really, really useful if I could get it working.
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#2 steve andrews

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 07:18 PM

Hi all, I've just got a steadicam JR. This thing is proper old-school - it comes with an instructional VHS!

The gimbal is separate from the main body of the steadicam, and although I can fit it where it's supposed to go, there's no obvious way of fixing it there. Does anyone know how the gimbal is supposed to attach?

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I'm doing a shoot tomorrow morning - and it would be really, really, really useful if I could get it working.

it should screw in,as far as i know,it is the same as the merlin.if it not fairly obvious i think it is broken or missing a part .post a pic if you can
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#3 Wilx

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 07:25 PM

Hi all, I've just got a steadicam JR. This thing is proper old-school - it comes with an instructional VHS!

The gimbal is separate from the main body of the steadicam, and although I can fit it where it's supposed to go, there's no obvious way of fixing it there. Does anyone know how the gimbal is supposed to attach?

Posted Image

I'm doing a shoot tomorrow morning - and it would be really, really, really useful if I could get it working.

it should screw in,as far as i know,it is the same as the merlin.if it not fairly obvious i think it is broken or missing a part .post a pic if you can


Looks like my picture in the first post didn't work.

The gimbal doesn't seem to 'fix' together with the bit that screws into the steadycam:

http://j.imagehost.o...iew/0321/gimbal
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#4 steve andrews

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 07:35 PM

Hi all, I've just got a steadicam JR. This thing is proper old-school - it comes with an instructional VHS!

The gimbal is separate from the main body of the steadicam, and although I can fit it where it's supposed to go, there's no obvious way of fixing it there. Does anyone know how the gimbal is supposed to attach?

Posted Image

I'm doing a shoot tomorrow morning - and it would be really, really, really useful if I could get it working.

it should screw in,as far as i know,it is the same as the merlin.if it not fairly obvious i think it is broken or missing a part .post a pic if you can


Looks like my picture in the first post didn't work.

The gimbal doesn't seem to 'fix' together with the bit that screws into the steadycam:

http://j.imagehost.o...iew/0321/gimbal

i tried to look at the pic link but too much porn and pop-ups....will open about 3 windows of porn that are reopening as you close them
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Posted 09 April 2010 - 07:43 PM

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i tried to look at the pic link but too much porn and pop-ups....will open about 3 windows of porn that are reopening as you close them
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Sorry about that - I tried myself and got a load of pop ups this time: This link should be much better.
http://img406.images...s/i/gimbal.jpg/
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#6 Tom Wills

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 07:53 PM

From the picture, you're clearly missing at least a piece or two. The gimbal handle should definitely be held to the rig. While I've never gotten a good look at the guts of a JR gimbal, since it's roughly the same one that came with the original Merlin, here's my guess about the problem. I can't quite tell from your picture how much of this is missing, but the metal post that goes through the guide ring should a bearing inside the guide ring, and then through the bearing that is now loose, and then be secured by a very tiny little screw. Without that all being together, I don't know how well the rig will work, but I'd imagine it's not very safe.

Edited by Tom Wills, 09 April 2010 - 07:54 PM.

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#7 James Elias

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 08:05 AM

From the picture, you're clearly missing at least a piece or two. The gimbal handle should definitely be held to the rig. While I've never gotten a good look at the guts of a JR gimbal, since it's roughly the same one that came with the original Merlin, here's my guess about the problem. I can't quite tell from your picture how much of this is missing, but the metal post that goes through the guide ring should a bearing inside the guide ring, and then through the bearing that is now loose, and then be secured by a very tiny little screw. Without that all being together, I don't know how well the rig will work, but I'd imagine it's not very safe.


You should either let the factory take a look for you, or just purchase the new all metal ball bearing gimbal from the Merlin. It will fit your JR no problem.


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