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#1 Chris Poynton

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:54 AM

Any feedback from operators on the Merlin 2 ??
Below is quick summary of possible points of discussion. (Italics = Tiffen blurb.)

Apart from generally more rugged and all-metal construction with the Merlin 2, Tiffen is now offering the option of a powered "Merlin Camera Controller". Their site says "Built into the handle of the Merlin, it can be retrofitted easily onto earlier Merlin models. Now you can start/stop recording plus control zoom and autofocus**

(Note: double asterisk "** Controlled features dependent on camera model used.")

-- Is there any feedback or spec sheet on how this Controller works (USB? other?)
-- What current or future cameras will be compatible? (DSLR? 4K???)

There is also mention that the "lens platform adjusts to various heights and angles to help support longer lenses and camera bodies"

-- Does this mean it has some sort of limited tilt head?

Below is quick round up of new features taken from Tiffen webpage ...

Official Tiffen pricing $849 on Merlin 2 kit.
But no word on price of Camera controller yet??


Garrett video from NAB 2012 mentions that Tango/Merlin 2 use same heavy duty stage.

MERLIN 2 PRICE LIST http://www.tiffen.co...erlin2 List.pdf

MERLIN 2 WEB PAGE http://www.tiffen.co...am_merlin2.html


--- The robust stage design features a rigid camera plate, multi-angle viewable level, and larger easily adjustable knobs for secure camera mounting and ease of use

--- A secure gimbal lock allows for precise tuning

--- The lens platform adjusts to various heights and angles to help support longer lenses and camera bodies

--- The ergonomic handle affords a comfortable grip for hours without undue fatigue for either right- or left-handed users

--- All parts are stainless steel, aluminum or brass for corrosion resistance

--- Dovetail plate and gimbal are retrofittable with original Steadicam Merlin

--- Top dovetail plate has been designed to clear battery doors on most DSLR cameras

--- Secure metal interconnect to Merlin arm post

--- Sleek new black and stainless steel styling

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