Jump to content



Photo

Merlin Style Sled - Cheap alternatives


  • Please log in to reply
4 replies to this topic

#1 thomas-english

thomas-english

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 1165 posts
  • UK

Posted 11 July 2014 - 02:19 AM

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.

 

 


  • 0

#2 Janice Arthur

Janice Arthur

    Advanced Member

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPip
  • 811 posts

Posted 11 July 2014 - 08:10 AM

Thomas

A truely cheap alternative is a simple monopod attached to the camera.

No gimbal no weights and you can get a fair amount of experimenting stability

Its a $40. Solution u could return to the store at the end even.

Good luck

Janice
  • 0

#3 thomas-english

thomas-english

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 1165 posts
  • UK

Posted 11 July 2014 - 02:39 PM

"Its a $40. Solution u could return to the store at the end even." Haha.. I'll get art department to buy one! Take it back at the end of the week. Really I should be posting this in homebuilt stabilizer forum or something. 


  • 0

#4 Janice Arthur

Janice Arthur

    Advanced Member

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPip
  • 811 posts

Posted 11 July 2014 - 02:59 PM

Thomas

I just didn't see any sled under 500 pounds worth buying and u didn't want to spend even that much so a "platform " that would even hold that camera I saw as a mono pod.

I guess I just misunderstood how basic u wanted to go.

At least my way you could get some shots and spend very little and see if it was worth buying anything more involved for a few times use.

I'm all about practical.

Good luck.

Janice
  • 0

#5 Alan Rencher

Alan Rencher

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 1091 posts
  • Los Angeles

Posted 11 July 2014 - 03:29 PM

The Gravity One looks cool, but I don't think it meets all of your criteria.
  • 0




BOXX

Paralinx LLC

Teradek

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

IDX

GPI Pro Systems

Ritter Battery

Wireless Video Systems

PLC - Bartech

PLC Electronics Solutions

Omnishot Systems

Engineered Cinema Solutions

Betz Tools for Stabilizers

Varizoom Follow Focus

rebotnix Technologies

Boland Communications

SkyDreams