Balancing issues with D800+grip
Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:30 AM
I tried mine and it either keeps dropping towards the right or backwards, i suspect the grip is making the right side heavier? I am using a 50mm 1.8G btw.
Any tips from the pros out there? Thanks in advance!
Posted 20 September 2012 - 12:14 PM
1. A 50mm, even on a full frame camera, is going to be nasty for a beginner on a Merlin. 35mm or 28mm will make you a happier camper.
2. If its dropping towards the back or right, move it to the left or to the front, either by changing your screw hole, adjusting the trim rollers, or sliding the camera plate for front to back. Also make sure nothing on the camera is moving - neck straps and such would kill you on a Merlin.
Also one thing to watch for is the battery grip wobbling. I know I've had vibration issues with battery grips on a canon 7D, so watch out for it. Tiny vibrations on a Merlin are huge.
Posted 20 September 2012 - 07:46 PM
First off, It introduces a lot of wobble and is not rigid at all. Also, having a battery grip plus a large lens is even worse.
Secondly, It adds a lot of weight. This may be a good thing on larger rigs with high minimum capacities and arms, but for a merlin, you better start working out, because you'll arms will start getting sore really fast. If you have the arm and vest, which are cheap enough that everyone should have with a merlin, disregard this.
Anyway, since you're not having it in portrait mode and the only other benefit is improved battery life, scrap the battery grip while on a steadicam.
Posted 21 September 2012 - 12:42 AM
Posted 21 September 2012 - 07:34 AM
Posted 22 September 2012 - 03:36 AM
Posted 22 September 2012 - 05:33 PM
you may need an off centre hole when you screw the camera on but you should be able to get the camera roughly over the centre of the 'rig'
if you can get it to balance with the grip I guess the rig will be more stable
'wavering about' you know you must 'point' the camera by using the thumb and forefinger, it wont fly itself?
Edited by Sam Morgan Moore, 22 September 2012 - 05:36 PM.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 06:32 PM
If you get your marks on the plate (take a pencil and actually write on it after balancing your rig, you will find your balance really easily.
I don't know if this is the case with the D800 but one reason to use the battery grip on the Canon 5D2 or 5D3 is that without it you need to remove the camera from the stage in order to access to the base of the camera to change the battery. While it's not too bad if you use a quick release plate you will still need to rebalance once the camera is back in place. With the battery grip it's simple to change batteries through the rear door (5D2) or sliding out the battery carrier (5D3).