I am looking to handbash (no vest and arm) a red Epic (internal battery) and a SUPER wide EF mount lens for an experimental / science project for planetariums. I am looking at the Merlin which is underpowered and there are lots of other really cheap options on the internet.
I've balanced a Merlin up before as well as various friends cheap alternatives at parties mostly when drunk and chatting. I know how fussy they are. What is a good value brand of these handheld gimble stabilizers? The Merlin itself is not actually strong enough and I am not sure I want to spend £500 on an experimental project which is what the Tiffen and Glidecam offerings seem to be.