Pilot without arm + vest or going for the merlin ?
Posted 28 April 2011 - 03:33 AM
I have been using my steadicam Pilot now for about 2 years and I really love it.
But because I do mostly wedding videos I have to work fast and move quick so I started using
the Pilot without the arm & vest.
I'm happy with the result.
But in the way I'm using it now (handheld) ... isn't it then just the same as a merlin ?
So I was thinking of selling my Pilot and purchasing a merlin instead.
It's also for handheld and smaller in size so even easier to carry around.
I used the merlin in a shop in our town, but I wasn't happy with the result.
It felt really wobbly and not as steady as with the Pilot.
Is it just because it may have not been balanced correctly or is there still a difference
in handling it ?
Now in my opinion, because of the bigger size of the Pilot, I think it is easier to stabilize
a shot (when using the pilot handheld).
So because of that I think it's best to keep on working with the Pilot instead of replacing it with
what are your ideas ?
Posted 28 April 2011 - 12:15 PM
I would stick with it - if you have somewhere to stash it while shooting on sticks - or whatever other shots you do
Posted 03 May 2011 - 06:45 PM
I recommend using the merlin handheld for tightly scheduled (and tight spaced) events like pre-ceremony and some tightly scheduled ceremonies, then busting out the pilot during ceremonies with good amount of prep time and receptions.
The merlin is a tricky little beast depending on how much weight you put on it. If you add more weight to the top and extend the spar, you'll have much more stability in terms of maintaining horizons. I prefered a longer drop time on the merlin and used finer hand control to avoid the pendulum effect of suddenly changing movements in response to the unscripted events.
Edited by Michael Shu, 03 May 2011 - 06:46 PM.