Ive just got a merlin and am finding it hard to use - unsurprisingly
I have been trying to start with a tripod steady composed shot perfect horizontal , make a transition and end at a second tripod steady composed position - maybe with a bit of tilt in the composition
Now I have been thinking
If you jump onto a rowing boat you can flip it over
If you jump onto a cruise liner the wobble is very marginal
Using this theory it would appear that the light merlin is actually very hard to use because the 'control hand' (as I call it - the fingers that touch the gimble) is incredibly sensitive
Is this a correct theory - can anyone do the shot I describe with such a tiny rig?
Further to this thought I am using a Nikon D90 with a 14 2.8 which is light (2.5 lbs) has a very low centre of gravity and therefore needs not much weight to balance
Now if I raised the camera on a spacer the CofG of the camera would move further away from the gimble and require more weight in the set up
Effect - more cruise liner less rowing boat
Is this correct thinking and worth persuing
I figure that this lack of mass may reduce the set of moves that are smoothly acheiveable with the rig in all but the most expert hands
what should be my expectations
Edited by Sam Morgan Moore, 28 December 2008 - 06:23 AM.