Long time reader, first time poster.
I'm new to all of this. Mostly a Steadicam enthusiast at this point. I've owned a Merlin2 for a few months now and am considering plunking down the money for a Pilot. I've enjoyed working with the Merlin (despite a lot of reading about how it's endlessly frustrating to use/balance). Ultimately, I would like to work professionally, however I'm really just enjoying this as a hobby at this point. (I'm not independently wealthy--just have a very supportive spouse).
Question is, is "big" Steadicam use/balancing (i.e., Pilot and bigger) so dramatically different from the Merlin that it is worth the money just for the learning experience? I considered renting from somewhere around here, but as with the Merlin, the time needed just to balance the Pilot would probably make buying more sensible.
Edited by Mike Dunn, 26 May 2013 - 07:54 AM.