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Old February 11th, 2009, 08:01 PM   #31
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Old February 12th, 2009, 07:19 AM   #32
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Martin, I have regretted on more than one occasion I didn't hold out for a Z5. I was in a hurry and bought what I could afford at the time.

The advantages are too numerous.

The FX1000 will work out fine, but my third cam will be a pro model, whether it be a Z1 or Z5.
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I think that you can get descent amount for your FX1000 or trade-in now than wait later. These cameras are selling like hot cakes...

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Old February 12th, 2009, 08:36 AM   #33
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I just noticed the merlin I'm looking at is a Signature Edition. That means older model with plastic gimbal right?

Since the seller has told me his merlin has a metal gimbal, I'm wondering if he replaced it. Anyone have any thoughts?

Yes, I have asked him, but haven't yet received reply, and I felt 2nd opinion would be good since I don't know seller.

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Old February 12th, 2009, 11:34 AM   #34
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I myself have a Signature series with a metal gimbal, I replaced the plastic one last year. Other than GB's signature on the spar, this would be the only difference between that model and the current one. Replacement metal gimbals cost about $160, by the way.
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Old February 12th, 2009, 11:45 AM   #35
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Thank you Charles.
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Old February 12th, 2009, 01:08 PM   #36
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Charles, did you replace it because it broke?
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Old February 12th, 2009, 01:45 PM   #37
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From what I understand, the metal gimbal had a hihger spec than the plastic one. Less friction and higher max load.
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