I'm 35, started in TV at a CBS affiliate when I was 18.
Started my own company in 2000.
Currently produce 3 local TV shows: 1 weekly, half-hour show about harness-horse racing,
1 weekly, half-hour real estate show and a cooking show (in production, but currently not airing).
I just received my Steadicam Mini today and am very excited to get started. I'm still waiting for my batteries (NP-1), so I can't balance the rig yet. (Will be flying Canon XL-1 & XL-2.) But I have played around with it a little without the batteries.
I'm a little concerned because the springs on the arm seem so tight, I can't imagine that the weight of the camera and the batteries would be enough to bring the arm down to its "basic operating position." (The accompanying video was for the SK-2 not the Mini, so that doesn't help.)
I did a search of the forum for "mini," but the closest thread I've found only offered that you can't really balance the rig without a full load.
Hopefully I only need to add the batteries and all will be well, but if anyone has any insight to offer, that would be great.
I've enjoyed the forum and I appreciate how helpful the members try to be.
p.s. I know the most common bit of advice is "take a workshop," and I plan to for sure.
Edited by rjd, 20 December 2005 - 01:58 AM.