and thanks for letting me roam around a bit
First a few words on myself and what I'm looking to do. I'm another one of those still photographer guys who's turning video... I do this out of ambition rather than need. I've always been a film geek and if I could go back and tell myself what to do with my still I would have persuaded myself to become a film/tv photographer rather than a still photographer.
Anyways, I lost my video virginity last year through 3 music videos and an instructional video. All was shot on Canon DSLR, mostly handheld but later also with tripod and then the homemade t-shaped stabilizer (the one made from metal pipes and weights in the bottom). And man... did that video work ever grow on me! During the post and the next shoot and the next, I started thinking about how the whole steadicam univers worked. How could I get more stable video, that had more production value than these homemade things and ultimately eliminate the need for extensive tracking etc. in AE and the likes.
Currently my accessories only amount to (please dont laugh :S) a homemade IKEA shouldermount, and a homemade slider that I made from an old Manfrotto 231 and a set of Rigwheels.
So here I am... a year later, and finally got myself together to start asking knowledgeable people questions about this. Recently I got in touch with our local Steadicam pusher and putting it like it is:
I'm a 5D owner, I only own 2.8 L zooms (24-70 and 70-200) and a 100mm L and while I have an idea of what I want my worklife to look like in 5 years, I can't tell for sure. I mean, I wouldn't mind being able to shoot on a RED if the opportunity came along, or atleast something bigger/better than my 5D.
I'm looking to invest in a rig, but I need guidance in what to get.
He called me up and wanted to have a chat. He had two types of steadicam that I could think about, but in regards to price they are north and south. The ones he suggested was the Pilot and the, twice as expensive, Zephyr.
My target areas are: corporate videos, event videos (not weddings... but backstage and social events and so on), small business advertising, music videos, documentary and news covering.
Which model would be reasonable to look more into? He invited me in to the store to have a look at both models, but I haven't had the time yet to do that.
The next camera investment after a steadicam would probably be to improve my lens setup, all though I'm not entirely sure if I need primes at all for anything other than the extra 1 aperture or so.
Thanks for taking your time to read through this.
Edited by Torben Greve, 14 June 2011 - 07:00 AM.