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Old January 12th, 2012, 12:23 PM   #1
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Merlin or GlidecamHD2000 for a 60D ?

Sadly, our DIY stabilizer is just not cutting it anymore. We are looking to upgrade to either a Merlin or Glidecam HD2000..the cam would either have a 17-50mm 2.8 lens or 30mm 1.4 lens attached to it.
Both stabilizers have a the same amount of reviews and rating (4.5 / 5 stars) on the B&H site

Your thoughts and user feedback is certainly most appreciated...

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Old January 12th, 2012, 01:07 PM   #2
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Re: Merlin or GlidecamHD2000 for a 60D ?

GC or similar, I’ve flown both, sled based units are easier to balance/operate plus you'll have a chance to mount small monitor and a battery as a counterweight on the sled, you'll love it, even though 60D has flip LCD, when I fly it on pilot or my hanheld unit, 99% of a time I use stabilizer monitor.
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Old January 12th, 2012, 02:54 PM   #3
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Re: Merlin or GlidecamHD2000 for a 60D ?

Tiffen Steadicam Merlin 2 CheesyCam might be worth waiting for.
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Old January 12th, 2012, 03:35 PM   #4
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Re: Merlin or GlidecamHD2000 for a 60D ?

Of course, everyone has their own preferences for different reasons; but for use with my 60D and my 5D, I've had great luck with the Blackbird from Camera Motion Handheld Camera Stabilizer - Blackbird, GS2 - Camera Motion Research

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Old January 12th, 2012, 04:32 PM   #5
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Re: Merlin or GlidecamHD2000 for a 60D ?

I have great reviews about the blackbird wish I could try it in the UK!
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Old January 16th, 2012, 10:53 AM   #6
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Re: Merlin or GlidecamHD2000 for a 60D ?

I went with the glidecam. Sled option does one particular shoot a lot easier, which is the one where the camera is pointed at the ceiling and then drops to your subject. On the merlin, you are holding onto the gimble and I don't know how you do that move. Also, you can do a 360 move on the sled and not on the merlin.

The other reason I went with the glidcam is because its similar to what a professional steadycam operator uses (with a vest, etc). So better to get used to a sled mount. Plus the ability to add a monitor down the road is nice.
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