I am a longtime camera op, but not a Steadicam op. I've been thinking of transitioning or adding Steadicam to my craft so I am currently doing as much research as possible . . . I've notice on Ebay, a ton of what seem to be knockoffs. . . Came, Laing brand, etc. . . Obviously very cheap ($500-800) compared to a real Steadicam. Anybody used these before? I notice most are for up to a 7kg load which is probably designed only for a DSLR. Are they okay for that use? Are they significantly less in performance? Also, how do they get away with calling it Steadicam . . . or is it just illegal patent infringement and are not worth pursuing? Any thoughts on these rigs?
I did a search on the forums and didn't find much discussion. . . . Somebody must be buying these or they wouldn't continue to make them. . . Again, I'd love to hear your guys and gals thoughts about these. Thanks.