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Different technique with a vest compared to not using a vest?

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#1 James Morris

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Posted 23 June 2016 - 06:38 PM

Hi folks,


I picked up a Steadicam Solo a little under a year ago, and believe I had gotten quite smooth with it. The only problem I had was that it was killing my wrist. So I recently picked up the vest to go along with it, and can now go for much longer without getting tired. However, I've noticed that my footage is no longer quite as smooth as before when I didn't have the vest. It jumps/jerks around more now.


Is there some different technique that I need to adopt now that I'm using a vest? Should I use a firmer grip when holding the handle that attaches to the vest arm? Or maybe a lighter grip? I imagine that with continued use/trial and error, I'll eventually find what I need to change about my technique, but I'm wondering if there's some important but perhaps incredibly simple rule about adapting that I missed when going over all the guides and videos out there.


Any help is greatly appreciated.




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