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Old October 16th, 2010, 09:10 AM   #1
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7D with steadicam merlin

I dont know much about this hardware, but if I used the Steadicam Merlin for the 7D without the harness, will the results still be respectable?

The harness is prohibitively expensive for my low doc budget.

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Old October 16th, 2010, 09:16 AM   #2
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Paul,

You should ask this question in the steadicam section of dvinfo and you will likely get more responses.

I have never flown a 7d, but i owned a merlin and can tell you without a vest... anything but the lightest of camera's will cause fatique. Can it be done? Yes. Is it optimum? Probably not.

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Old October 16th, 2010, 02:17 PM   #3
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Actually, there is a ton of information in this thread (in this 7D forum section) already. Sit back, enjoy the advice and all the videos!

http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/canon-eo...steadicam.html
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Old October 17th, 2010, 10:26 AM   #4
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I have never flown a 7d, but i owned a merlin and can tell you without a vest... anything but the lightest of camera's will cause fatique. Can it be done? Yes. Is it optimum? Probably not.
I agree 100% any more than a few minutes of use is very fatiguing. Just imagine balancing your 7D on the end of a stick at arm's length for any length of time. On the other hand if you only need short floating/flying shots &/or you have arms like Popeye then using the Merlin without the vest is OK.
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Old October 17th, 2010, 10:43 AM   #5
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How do you focus the 7D while using the Merlin?
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Old October 17th, 2010, 12:27 PM   #6
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Marc, you don't change focus during the shot. You set it up before you roll for that shot. As you can well imagine, with the Merlin you must not/cannot touch the camera whilst flying (and still get a useable steadicam shot a that precise moment). Sure, you can adjust something on the camera and then quickly re-balance it and start flying again (and chop that bit out in edit).

Bear in mind that you are frequently (....not always) likely to be using a wide angle or ultra wide angle and this will have a fairly deep (or very deep) depth of field depending on precise lens, settings etc. so this is much less of an issue than it might sound.
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Please direct all further discussion to the thread Andy linked in post 3 above. Thanks!
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