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#1 Dan


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Posted 27 July 2011 - 09:42 AM

Basically I need to find a steadicam between 200-300 dollars which is looking quite impossible.

I'm a complete noob when it comes to this stuff but I noticed that "DSLR" Steadicams are quite cheaper.
Can you use a DSLR steadicam for a regular camera? I have a canon HV40.

Any info would be greatly appreciated :)
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#2 Dan


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Posted 27 July 2011 - 10:07 AM

I asked the seller a question for this item http://www.ebay.com....=item2a127a2671

Just wondering why the DSLR steadicams are so much more cheaper than the steadicams for video cameras.
The Merlin Steadicam's are around $1000. Whats the big difference between the two?

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The Smoothshot steadicam is specifically designed for handheld video cameras and lightweight DSLR cameras so you will have no issues whatsoever. You will be able to connect your camcorder with ease and use the weights provided to stabilize it.

The weight factor is the main reason that the Merlin steadicams are so much more expensive. They can hold cameras weighing much greater than our 1kg limit but the Smoothshot steadicam is the perfect solution for cameras and camcorders weighing between 0.3-1kg.

I hope this helps. Thanks.

Is he simply just trying to sell the item to me or is that the main reason why the price differences vary so much?
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#3 Mark Schlicher

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 10:18 AM

Correct. pretty much impossible to find a stabilizer (Steadicam or other) for that kind of money.

You need a handheld stabilizer. Not much info here about the choices, since this forum is primarily for professional operators who make a living at it, and who use higher-end systems.

If you just want to experiment and practice for a hobby, you may be satisfied with the results of some of the junk that is sold on ebay. Otherwise you will be needing to spend hundreds more for something you will continue to be happy with once your skill increases.

Finally, it's a skill that takes a lot of practice, unlike a dolly or slider, which can be mastered quickly. Be prepared for weeks or months of practice and study.

Try DVXUser.com, DVInfo.net, and cinema5D.com. Those forums are much more oriented to the kinds of rig you are looking for.

By the way, you need to change your screen name. Real names only here....
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#4 Michael Suchar

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 10:43 AM

Dan, if you haven't seen this site, check it out good place for home built low cost alternatives.

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#5 Dan


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Posted 27 July 2011 - 11:03 AM

Thanks for the replies guys!

I'll check out those other forums.
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