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Old May 6th, 2009, 10:43 AM   #1
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Steadicam Merlin with 5D2?

Just wondering if anyone has used a Steadicam Merlin with the 5D2. I'm toying with getting one to replce a clunkier Glidecam 2000, but would like some feedback from anyone who's tried one before I pull out the plastic.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 11:07 AM   #2
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Hi Dylan:

I haven't tried that camera on the Merlin yet but I did play with it on the Blackbird, a new competitor to the Merlin (see my NAB review in our articles section) and it worked nicely. I would take a look at both before making a decision.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 12:27 PM   #3
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Just wondering if anyone has used a Steadicam Merlin with the 5D2. I'm toying with getting one to replce a clunkier Glidecam 2000, but would like some feedback from anyone who's tried one before I pull out the plastic.
I used to own a Merlin and I would just guess it would be a real pain to balance. Just a guess though.

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We've got a Merlin and it works great. Better than the V1 we originally bought it for.
Just pick a nice wide angle lens that isn't too heavy.
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I have used the Merlin with the 5d using the ef 24-70 L lens, and it works fine with me.
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I've used it with the 24 1.4 and it balances really nicely--here's a short video I made recently:
Canon 5D Mark II and Steadicam Merlin on Vimeo
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Btw, I like the work your doing Vlad- keep it up!
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Btw, I like the work your doing Vlad- keep it up!
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Old May 7th, 2009, 01:04 PM   #9
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Thanks guys!
Going to check out the Blackbird and another I found called the Longbow before I go with a Merlin.
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