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Pilot Steadicam - which one to buy?

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#1 Otto Haring

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:51 PM

I am thinking about buying a Pilot Steadicam system to use with myCanon 5d mark III or Canon 1dx . Any recommendations as to which pilot I should purchase?

I will be shooting weddings and commercials for local companies.

Thanks so much!
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#2 Alan Rencher

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:10 AM

Welcome to the forum! Please take a few minutes to browse through the "Newbie" section. This question is one of the more common ones, and there is a wealth of knowledge in past threads.
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#3 Mark Schlicher

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:38 PM


You may also consider browsing DVInfo.net and posting your questions there. Lots of DSLR shooters who work in events and local commercials who could share their experiences with you.

In addition to Alan's recommendation, I would also add "it depends...". All Pilot versions are similar in capability. The major differences are

1) battery system--you're already asking questions in another thread and getting some answers
2) HD or SD--the HD Pilot sacrifices an adjustable post length in favor of an HDMI video feed. Given your desired market and your inexperience, an SD Pilot would probably be fine for now. Eventually HD may be more important because, with a small rig on small shoots, you will probably be reviewing shots on the rig and will want a HD image to show the director. HD is not so important while operating because you will be mostly concerning yourself with framing.
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