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[Merlin] Pendulus with Nikon D800 - 14/24


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#1 Alessandro Ficano

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 04:00 PM

Hi, this is my first post on this forum.

I have buy a Steadicam Merlin for use with my Nikon D800 and Nikon 14/24 f2.8 lens.

The weight total of the camera and the lens is 1980gr.

setup of the Merlin:

( I = at the front
( I I I I ) = at the bottom

The dovelplate is positioned at -2 on O hole

The drop time is 1 second

The camera is stable but when i move quick left/right or move back and forth the camera is begins to oscillate.

Can help me? thank you very much.
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#2 Evrim KAYA

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 04:51 PM

Hi, this is my first post on this forum.

I have buy a Steadicam Merlin for use with my Nikon D800 and Nikon 14/24 f2.8 lens.

The weight total of the camera and the lens is 1980gr.

setup of the Merlin:

( I = at the front
( I I I I ) = at the bottom

The dovelplate is positioned at -2 on O hole

The drop time is 1 second

The camera is stable but when i move quick left/right or move back and forth the camera is begins to oscillate.

Can help me? thank you very much.


Hello Alessandra,

i must admit, i dont now very much about these type of smaller rigs. but physics is physics no matter what the size (yeah i know, quantum theory bla bla, i`m all Newton baby!)

sorry for the misplaced houmor, i coudn`t resist.

what i meant to say is, if you have too much of a pendulum effect that you couln`t resist with your operating hand what you have is too much bootom heaviness. try to move the mass uphill; either by moving the gimbal down or if this isn`t enough by approching the weight upwards or by simply reducing the weights directly below gimbal ( but this one might change your front-back balance radically, i`m not sure, again not familiar with merlin). try to reach at least 2 sec drop time.

hope this was helpful.
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#3 Alessandro Ficano

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:56 AM

Thank you Evrim for your reply.

I try to change a setting of my merlin without magic formula and the result is this:



The camera have a little pendulum :(
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#4 Paul Antonescu

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 03:28 AM

Alessandro,

I also have the D800 and the 14-24mm. What is your final setup? Did you noticed the balance diff between 14 mm and 24 mm?
I'm asking this because I'm still trying to figure out how to use it.
Is your vimeo link still valid?

Evrim thanks for your suggestion!
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#5 Alessandro Ficano

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 04:04 AM

Alessandro,

I also have the D800 and the 14-24mm. What is your final setup? Did you noticed the balance diff between 14 mm and 24 mm?
I'm asking this because I'm still trying to figure out how to use it.
Is your vimeo link still valid?

Evrim thanks for your suggestion!



Hi Paul.

I tried difference setting but the best one is this.
The difference between 14 to 24 can be corrected by adjusting the trim.

I have tried with Nikon 20mm f2.8, was more stable and much lighter but the quality and of course the wide angle of 14/24 is unbeatable.

Let me ask you about the D800, you can write to alessandroficano@gmail.com

Ciao.
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