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#1 Matt Burton

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 07:03 AM

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I have to say it looks kinda awkward on first impressions.
No gimbol grip and a what looks like a bizarre bottom stage, is this what light weight low end means to steadicam ?
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#2 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 08:00 AM

Matt,

I got to play with it at both NAB & CineGear. It is a wonderful little rig. The adjustable weights on the bottom stage are a slick thing as it lets you adjust your pan inertia making it feel more like a "big rig."

Again, Tiffen seems to be raising the bar on its new line of products.
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#3 chris fawcett

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 10:32 AM

Hi Matt,

I agree with Alec. It's a funky little rig, but it flies great.

Will you make it to IBC this year?

Chris
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#4 Tom Wills

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 11:17 AM

Well, I'll add in my two cents here that the arm is one magical piece of engineering. I actually have the Merlin Arm and Vest, but it is the same arm and vest, just without a sled, and with an angled arm post (which is easy to replace). I just got mine in on the 7th, and I truly love it. As my first "real" arm, I don't have a whole lot to compare it to, but it flies incredibly smoothly, takes no effort to adjust, the socket block works quite well, supports all 14 pounds of my sled plus camera combination, and the vest is quite nice, once I figured out how to set it up (the velcro is a bit odd at first, but after a while, you begin to get used to it).

Overall, I'd imagine that with the Pilot sled that should be one heck of a combination.

Edited by Tom Wills, 19 August 2007 - 11:21 AM.

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 05:04 PM

Just goes to show the reflection on a pool of water doesn't reveal it's depth ;)
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#6 Walter van Dusen

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 09:59 PM

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I have to say it looks kinda awkward on first impressions.
No gimbol grip and a what looks like a bizarre bottom stage, is this what light weight low end means to steadicam ?



We received our Steadicam Pilot today. Looks great and comes in a nice case. Received two "VCR" tapes instead of dvd how to use the Pilot. We can't wait to learn how to use this and begin our flying..

We bought it from B&H in advance..

Walter
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#7 Erik Brul

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 02:38 AM

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I have to say it looks kinda awkward on first impressions.
No gimbol grip and a what looks like a bizarre bottom stage, is this what light weight low end means to steadicam ?



We received our Steadicam Pilot today. Looks great and comes in a nice case. Received two "VCR" tapes instead of dvd how to use the Pilot. We can't wait to learn how to use this and begin our flying..

We bought it from B&H in advance..

Walter


That's the funny thing with Tiffen. They give a DVD with the cheapest and maybe even funniest Steadicam (the Merlin) and for all the rigs after this receive 1 or 2 VHS videotapes :blink:

Walter > Is the case standard ?

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 09:23 AM

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I have to say it looks kinda awkward on first impressions.
No gimbol grip and a what looks like a bizarre bottom stage, is this what light weight low end means to steadicam ?



We received our Steadicam Pilot today. Looks great and comes in a nice case. Received two "VCR" tapes instead of dvd how to use the Pilot. We can't wait to learn how to use this and begin our flying..

We bought it from B&H in advance..

Walter


That's the funny thing with Tiffen. They give a DVD with the cheapest and maybe even funniest Steadicam (the Merlin) and for all the rigs after this receive 1 or 2 VHS videotapes :blink:

Walter > Is the case standard ?

Erik


A wonderful Pilot specific DVD is in the works. It's short, very clever, and clear. Should be available soon. (BTW, I have nothing to do with it but have the pleasure of reviewing it...)

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#9 Walter van Dusen

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 11:55 PM

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I have to say it looks kinda awkward on first impressions.
No gimbol grip and a what looks like a bizarre bottom stage, is this what light weight low end means to steadicam ?



We received our Steadicam Pilot today. Looks great and comes in a nice case. Received two "VCR" tapes instead of dvd how to use the Pilot. We can't wait to learn how to use this and begin our flying..

We bought it from B&H in advance..

Walter


That's the funny thing with Tiffen. They give a DVD with the cheapest and maybe even funniest Steadicam (the Merlin) and for all the rigs after this receive 1 or 2 VHS videotapes :blink:

Walter > Is the case standard ?

Erik


A wonderful Pilot specific DVD is in the works. It's short, very clever, and clear. Should be available soon. (BTW, I have nothing to do with it but have the pleasure of reviewing it...)

Jerry


The case came with the package. Could you please list where I can get the dvd when it comes out?

Walter
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#10 Jerry Holway

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 08:34 AM

From Tiffen, of course.... click at the top of the page...
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Posted 05 February 2008 - 02:40 PM

I have a Merlin Arm & Vest which I absolutely love, but it seems that there is no way to simply upgrade to the Pilot sled. I'd hate to have to try to sell the whole thing (taking a hit on the price, I'm sure) just to turn around and buy the same arm & vest in order to get the pilot sled.

Am I the only one who finds it strange that there's no way to upgrade directly?

Edited by Frank Simpson, 05 February 2008 - 02:41 PM.

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#12 Erik Brul

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 04:04 PM

I have a Merlin Arm & Vest which I absolutely love, but it seems that there is no way to simply upgrade to the Pilot sled. I'd hate to have to try to sell the whole thing (taking a hit on the price, I'm sure) just to turn around and buy the same arm & vest in order to get the pilot sled.

Am I the only one who finds it strange that there's no way to upgrade directly?


Hey Frank,

First welcome on this forum..
Second, strange... what is strange.. ? Both systems are not long on the market yet. The path to upgrade from the Merlin (without arm/vest) is already there.., only you need to buy a another post for on the arm which connects to the Merlin.
But have patience, i think it will happen this year that you can buy the Pilot Sled alone. (or not :ph34r: )

Why not ask Tiffen directly ?

Best. Erik
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#13 Nick Tsamandanis

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 07:25 PM

I have been told by Tiffen that they have no plans presently to sell the Pilot sled separately. :unsure:
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#14 Frank Simpson

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 07:52 PM

Erik- Thanks for the warm welcome!

I did contact Tiffen and, as Nick mentioned, they said that there are not currently plans to sell just the Pilot Sled. But does it not seem like an obvious uppgrade path? It seems that way to me, but if I'm way off-base somehow I'd like to understand.
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#15 luis castro

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 12:26 AM

it is a fast equipment and easy for camaras small util to move fast
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