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#1 Mark Owens

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 07:42 PM

I am only a newbie, and a member of local video club I bought a glidecam HD2000 and the body pod a few months ago using Sony HDR FX1E, but it was not successful with the body pod I have just purchased the Glidecam X10 and decided to fit a Miller quick release assembly to the HD2000 so I can remove camera. the question i have is I did not realise the Sony HDR FX1E (nearly exactly the same as the Advertisment for the HD2000) weighted 5.5 pounds with the sony NP970 battery so when i added the adaptor assembly the total weight of the camera and assembly is 7.05 pounds, (specification say between 2 and 6 pounds, What is the difference between the 2000 and 4000 the only differance i can see by the specifications on Glidecam site (see below )is plate sizes, the post sizes are the same except the length so I assume the gymble is the same) will I be in for problems using this extra weight on the HD2000.I don't want to have to purchase the HD4000 as my cash is maxed out. originally I was not going to go any further than the original purchase but it always happens.

Glidecam HD-2000 Specifications
•Designed for compact, low profile cameras weighing from 2 to 6 pounds.
•X,Y Head Dimensions: 7.50" x 4.125" x 1.00”
•Base Platform Dimensions: shortest—11.50” x 4.00” Longest—15.00” x 4.00”
•Central Support Post: 1.00" diameter
•15" tall in shortest mode
•22" tall in longest mode
•Weight: 2.537 pounds without counter weight plates.
•Each Custom Counter Weight Plate averages .272 pounds.
•The Glidecam HD-2000 includes 12 custom counter weight plates.
•12 counter weight plates = 3.264 pounds
•Camera Plate has 1/4" mounting holes
•Made in USA.


Glidecam HD-4000 Specifications
•Designed for compact and full size cameras weighing from 4 to 10 pounds.
•X,Y Head Dimensions: 8.750" x 5.00" x 1.00”
•Base Platform Dimensions: shortest—13.75” x 4.75” Longest—18.25” x 4.75”
•Central Support Post: 1.00" diameter
•20" tall in shortest mode
•28" tall in longest mode
•Weight: 3.315 pounds without counter weight plates.
•Each Custom Counter Weight Plate averages .272 pounds.
•The Glidecam HD-4000 includes 12 custom counter weight plates.
•12 counter weight plates = 3.264 pounds
•Camera Plate has 1/4" & 3/8” mounting holes
•Made in USA.

(Specifications taken from Glidecams site)
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Posted 01 September 2010 - 02:00 PM

I believe that Glidecam load limits, assuming you're not using it with an arm, represents the weight the camera can be balancing it with the counterweights included.

In order to go over, you'll need to supply your own extra weight to the bottom.

I might be wrong, but I think the gimble can take more weight, it's just that the included counterweights wouldn't be enough over 6 lbs.

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 07:01 PM

I believe that Glidecam load limits, assuming you're not using it with an arm, represents the weight the camera can be balancing it with the counterweights included.

In order to go over, you'll need to supply your own extra weight to the bottom.

I might be wrong, but I think the gimble can take more weight, it's just that the included counterweights wouldn't be enough over 6 lbs.

Happy flying!


Thanks Alexander for the information I wasn't sure about how the load limit was worked out. like I said the specifications for the HD2000 and HD4000 are exactly the same even the weights provided and the gimble the only obvious difference is the bas platform dimensions and the length of the Post and yet they give two different load limits. I am going to use this on the HD2000 on the Glidecam X10. I posted this question on the Glidecam forum on the 20th of August and still not had an answer.

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