The 10 pound max weight for the Pilot includes:
• the camera
• camera battery
• other camera accessories (wireless audio receiver, wireless video transmitter, on camera lighting, tripod adapter, etc.)
• any screw-on weights you add.
• the Pilot's battery at the bottom.
The larger screw-on "middle-weights" are 1/4 pound each. The smaller rounded "end-weights" are 1/8 pound each. The Pilot's AA pack weighs 3/4 pound.
Here are my suggestions:
1) Buy 8 extra screw-on "middle-weights":http://www.bhphotovi...nce_Weight.html
2) Buy a tripod adapter. This makes it much easier to get the camera on and off the Pilot. I have a Manfrotto tripod, so I use this adapter:http://www.bhphotovi...se_Adapter.html
3) If you don't already have one, buy an accurate scale so you can weigh your camera and accessories:http://shop.usps.com...amp;WT.ac=41901
4) At each end of the bottom crossbar, use 2 screw-on middle-weights and 1 end-weight. Having the weights at the end of the bottom crossbar makes your pans a lot more smooth. Together with the battery weight, this will total around 2 pounds at the bottom of the Pilot.
5) Since heavier steadicams are more stable, add enough screw-on middle-weights to the stage to get the total top weight as close to 8 pounds as possible without going over.
There's a lot of Pilot info over on dvinfo.net:http://www.dvinfo.ne...-steadicam-etc/
Let me know how you make out,
Edited by Dave Gish, 23 January 2009 - 04:42 PM.