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Old May 14th, 2005, 09:40 PM   #1
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I know it was disussed many times but even after so much searching and reading I cannot make up my mind for which is the best stabilizer for the Z1.
My type is shooting will include a lot of walking around (nature,museums etc) where I have a talent on screen to record while walking....I just would like to have something to support the camera for longer shots plus have nice steady movements while walking....!
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Old June 21st, 2005, 08:16 AM   #2
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Anyone has any input on this one for me pls??
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Old June 21st, 2005, 03:21 PM   #3
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How much money are you talking about spending here?

You should look at a Steadicam Flyer if you can afford it.

I have a DVrig Pro, which I love to bits, but it more about support than stabilisation.
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Old June 21st, 2005, 08:02 PM   #4
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... or the Glidecam Smooth Shooter or V-8.

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Old June 21st, 2005, 09:06 PM   #5
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Thanks guys....Glidecam Smoother is great but I would like weird in a museum like that...I am really thinking about dvrig pro.? Is it good for smooth handheld shoots and walking shoots ????
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Old June 21st, 2005, 09:18 PM   #6
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That appears to be sort of a handheld tripod replacement. It wouldn't do much for any moving shots. I think you'd be better off with just a simple shoulder mount if you don't want to use a tripod, then for walking shots, use the optical stabilization in the camera, hold it by the handle lightly, and walk in sort of a flat footed shuffle to minimize the up and down bumps. You want steadycam type movement, you need a steadycam type device.
You might check the Marzpak. It looks weird, and it's not a steadycam, but it can smooth you walking shots a little bit with some practice, and it steadies the camera very nicely for hand held shots.
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Old June 21st, 2005, 10:35 PM   #7
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I do not think you are going to find any "steadycam" type device that is stealthy and not noticeable to people in public.. One nice stabilizer is the Flow Pod by VariZoom..

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Old June 22nd, 2005, 10:58 AM   #8
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I just shot a commercial last week and it was the first time we had used our new Z1 in production as opposed to our larger shoulder mounted cameras. I had a shot where I had to walk backwards in front of an actor walking around a restaurant. I used the new Fig Rig and was very pleased with the results. As to taking it to a museum it kind of looks like a steering wheel with a camera in the middle and though any rig will draw attention it's on the minimum side. I also used it in a shoot this weekend by holding it over my head and then dropping down using my arms and knees and got a pretty decent jib simulation.

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Old June 23rd, 2005, 09:18 AM   #9
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So Flow Pod sounds like a good idea ?? How about Glidecam 4000 ???
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