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Pilot AA vs. Glidecam ?


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#1 Kurtis Goodson

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 07:33 PM

I am just starting out and would be shooting with a DSLR under 10 lbs.  I am considering buying a Steadicam Pilot AA.   Two questions.

One, the Pilot AB allows for the monitor be powered by an Anton Battery.   Does the Anton give you longer power on the monitor vs. the AA?   I am assuming the Anton Battery is also adding more weight?  Is that bad or good?  By adding some weight does it stabilize it a bit more or are you just trading weight for longer battery power?

 

Second question is the Pilot AA vs. a Glide cam system with vest, arm and sled?  

 

K.G.


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#2 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 04 June 2015 - 07:52 AM

Hi Kurtis,
Yes the AB battery will power your monitor and for a very long time, much longer than the AA version. With Steadicam you want more weight, it gives inertia to your sled. If your camera is too light to counter balance, simply add a few weights on the top stage.
I am not familiar with the Glidecam but I can tell you that the Pilot is a great machine, precise and robust
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#3 Kent Wiley

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Posted 04 June 2015 - 07:00 PM

Kurtis,

 

Definitely get either the AB or IDX version of the Pilot. I've used the IDX model for a couple of years, and the batteries are powerful enough to run a bunch of accessories for quite a long time. The batteries and chargers are expensive, but I think everyone would agree worth the cost of avoiding the constant aggravation of changing/charging AA batteries.


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