Adding weight to the Merlin
Posted 04 June 2012 - 09:40 AM
With these two lenses the Merlin is almost at full weight which is great for drop times especially with the 24-70. The problem I have is when using it with lighter lenses. Just a few grams makes a world of a difference in terms of stability. How would I go about adding weight to the stage of the Merlin so that I'm always using it at its full capacity?
Posted 06 June 2012 - 08:43 PM
I'm now using the Merlin with a 5DII, rode videomic, two manfrotto adapter plates and the 24-70 at 24. I have to use all of my counterweights for this setup but my drop time is incredible. Putting a CF card in the chamber or taking off the lenses cap causes me to have to re-balance. Very different experience than a 1-2 second drop time.
Edited by Elliot Gabor, 06 June 2012 - 08:49 PM.
Posted 02 October 2012 - 04:50 AM
I can just say I use the Merlin too, with a GH2 though, and I do know what you mean with the stability the Merlin is very, VERY sensitive when operating. And balancing, of course. Sounds like more is more, maybe I should try to fly close to the max limit myself?
Speaking of Merlin, have you had problem with dynamic balance? I have a theory that the off-set front weigh is bound to cause improper balance, but I can't really tell for sure (so hard to spin it evenly).
Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:45 PM
Just an update/disclaimer on adding additional weight, it seems that the more i max out the weight of the merlin, the more play gets introduced into the rig. I'm currently having issues with dovetail locking down properly without shifting and i'm having trouble with play in the sled where it fold up which really affects tilt shots. That being said i really feel with additional weight, proper balancing and practice flying, the merlin has new life and can do basic shots that look just as good as a pilot.