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Old December 10th, 2006, 02:00 PM   #1
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ProMax SteadyTracker Ultralite?

Did anyone ever use the ProMax SteadyTracker Ultralite?

http://www2.promax.com/SteadyTracker...2&category=348

It looks light enough so that one can shoot for sometime without having dislocated shoulder. I was thinking about buying one of these to use it with my XH-A1. You guys think it can handle it? It says there that it can take up to 5 pounds and the XH-A1 it's like 4,5...you put a big battery and a wide angle and you probably reach the 5 pounds.
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Old December 10th, 2006, 03:17 PM   #2
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As long as you don't expect Steadicam results out of it...this type of device won't deliver the subtlety of a gimballed stabilizer, but is good for running shots and the like.
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Old December 11th, 2006, 12:55 AM   #3
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Thanks It's too bad. The price was sweet. But I guess it's kind of impossible to find something mildly good for this price...or isn't it? Any advice on less expensive stabilizer that actually works? The thing is that I sold some stuff and managed to come up with some cash. Initially I was going to invest it a an affordable dolly (http://www.glideshot.com/catalog/pro...oducts_id=493). It's 99$ plus shipping, which is a very sweet deal...but then I thought I'd through a bit more cash on stabilizer and I ended up finding this promax thing, that apparently is crap. I know it's REALLY asking too much, but if I have to spend A LOT more than 200$ I might just stick with the dolly.
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Old December 11th, 2006, 01:38 AM   #4
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There are those who love the results from this setup. It all depends on what your expectations are. You can achieve pretty similar results by taking a lightweight tripod, extending the center column and spreading (but not extending) the legs, and holding it just above the center of gravity on the center post. If you already have the tripod, this wont' cost you a dime!
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Old December 11th, 2006, 02:40 AM   #5
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Thanks for the tip. I'll give it a try just to see what happens.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 09:18 AM   #6
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If you're super buff...if you have a decent tripod head it's going to be heavy. You can use it for a steadicam for a very short period, such as at a wedding when the bride & groom exit. My cam is on a tripod, so I don't have time to change it, but the b&g are on the move, and I can get a good motion shot.
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