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#1 Nithin Vunnam

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 01:03 AM

Hi everyone


   I am new to this forum and need your advice. I am planning on purchasing a steadicam and looked at few and finally planning to purchase Laing P-04s. And then a friend of mine was suggesting me to look at goodluckbuy and found the 3-axis gimble with the controller for $340. Now im a bit confused on which one to take as I see the 3-axis gimble gives more options to shoot but harder to setup than a steadicam. Let me know your thoughts on this.

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#2 Chris Van Campen

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 11:11 AM

Hi Nithin - you will probably be hard pressed to get answers to this kind of inquiry on this forum. If you take a look at the marketplace section, you'll get a feel for the level of gear that is being used and discussed. 
I highly doubt anyone has experience with this gear, and in fact when members have seen Laing and other cheap knock-off brands in person, the comments are universally negative.
Best regards,

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#3 Lars Erik

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 02:08 PM

Hi Nithin,

as Chris states, this forum consists of mostly operators who owns and uses $25K+ worth of steadicam gear. Therefore, no one here will likely have encountered the gear you ask about. Maybe someone here has used it, but not likely.

I did a quick google search and found this site;


It seems like a forum for the type of gear you're looking at.

Good luck!

All the best
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#4 Lucas Delbanco

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 05:32 PM

Not gonna lie, I've used similar gear.  In fact, that's all I own.  If you don't have the money for a true setup, skip it.  The only quasi-passable rig under $600 is really the glidecam hd-4000, and even that has huge issues.  The quality of the rig you could afford is not worth anywhere near that, and would give you more headaches than you could count.  I know mine has!

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