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#1 Alex Haspel

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 05:49 PM

on monday i'll have a imagevideo-shoot (canon xl2) i'm going to dp and operate,
and was just informed that there'l be this thing too:

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i've spent half the day today trying to gain control over this thing using a sony
pd170 on it....
now, i would definately not dare to call myself anything near a steadycam operator,
but the extremely unpleasing result do lead me to the conclusion that the basic
construction of this thing might not be perfect...

i spent an hour balancing it out, but whenever i try to pan the camera it starts

sorry for this question, which might seem extremely dumb for most or even all of
you, but as i said before, my experience with operating camera stabilizer systems
is zero...

plus the results are even shakier and worse when i use this thing:
(but i assume this might be a bit better with the heavier xl2 .. ?)
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i hope not to insult any of you pro's when i dare to ask: has anybody experience with this

and? what am i doing wrong?

thanks in advance,
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#2 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 10:11 PM


Try posting your question on www.steadiforum.com. I think you may have a better chance of finding someone with actual experience using that unit there. Also, search the archives here for tips on drop time and balancing.

Good luck.
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#3 thomas-english


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Posted 24 February 2006 - 05:57 AM

Those look like funny beasts, is the arm attached to the bottom of the handle?!

Yup www.steadiforum.com is your place to ask about these, they know a lot about the plethera of cheaper lightweight stabilizers out there.

Although I would say, balance up with hardly any drop time. Maybe 4 seconds for the right to correct itself to standing after you tip it as far as the bearing (gimble) will let you. I think you have it too bottom heavy like a pendulum.
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