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#1 Austin Haigh

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 07:12 AM

Hello all,

I'm ready to purchase a new stabilizer with a budget of 5,000-6,000.

I've been looking at the Glidecam V16 and the varizoom Aviator.

I'm using a Sony XDCAM EX1 with a Letus lens adapter, nikon lens and Matte box, coming in around 6kg or 13.5lbs.

Are there any other stabilizers I should have a look at or does anyone have advice on these two.
So far I'm leaning towards the Aviator.

Thanks
Austin
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#2 Rob Vuona SOC

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 01:08 PM

Hello all,

I'm ready to purchase a new stabilizer with a budget of 5,000-6,000.

I've been looking at the Glidecam V16 and the varizoom Aviator.

I'm using a Sony XDCAM EX1 with a Letus lens adapter, nikon lens and Matte box, coming in around 6kg or 13.5lbs.

Are there any other stabilizers I should have a look at or does anyone have advice on these two.
So far I'm leaning towards the Aviator.

Thanks
Austin

hey Austin,
not sure how many of us on here know much about these two rigs, myself included. From the pictures of the two I would have to say the Aviator looks better.

The truth of the matter is you should go fly both of them with your camera gear and then pop over to Tiffen and fly one of their rigs in the same price range then make your decision. I think it will be a no brainer after that.

Good Luck
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#3 Andy Chapman

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 09:57 PM

After much consideration I've decideed on a flyer. I'll have to wait a couple months longer. Think about it " do you wnant to slide big washers around and not have the precise controle with the stage?

I was trying the spell check, it's srange?
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#4 Austin Haigh

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 01:20 AM

Thanks guys.

I was leaning towards the aviator. I think it is a better looking machine, just wondered if anyone had tried them out.

I'm heading into my local dealer to try one tomorrow but I don't think I'll buy there.

He's $2000 more expensive than the US, even with the exchange rate.
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#5 David Shawl SOC

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 12:21 PM

Hey Austin,

I used the V-16 for a while a few years ago and while I pulled off great shots with it, it seems like the Aviator has a few advantages over it, namely the dual-arm (V-16 is single) and tool-less adjustments. Also the Aviator has a quick release plate, which is very useful. I always spent significant extra time adjusting and mounting cameras on the V-16 that I no longer have to deal with in my current rig. You're best bet is to try out each rig if you can. Good luck.
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