steady cam for sony fx 1000 at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Sony XAVC / XDCAM / NXCAM / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Sony HDV and DV Camera Systems > Sony HVR-Z5 / HDR-FX1000

Sony HVR-Z5 / HDR-FX1000
Pro and consumer versions of this Sony 3-CMOS HDV camcorder.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old June 16th, 2009, 03:51 PM   #1
Major Player
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Pembroke Pines FL
Posts: 331
steady cam for sony fx 1000

Does anyone has a steady cam preference for the sony fx 1000?
__________________
www.nostalgicFrames.com
Dror Levi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old June 26th, 2009, 12:04 AM   #2
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 937
You could fly on a Merlin, but you'll need a gym membership. A bunch of the Merlin demos are using the Z1 & I don't think the FX1000 is that much different in weight.

If you want to fly with more ease get the arm & vest, or upgrade to the Steadicam Pilot.

Of you could look into the Glidecams, Varizooms, etc. although I don't think they are near the quality, ease of use and user support of a true Steadicam.
__________________
Nothing says you're a serious video maker like S-VHS
Zach Love is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 5th, 2009, 09:37 AM   #3
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 8,421
The pilot (2-10lbs) would be a better choice if your running lights and a 970 battery, as the camcorder is near the weight limit of the Merlin (up to (5lbs I think).
Jeff Harper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 5th, 2009, 08:59 PM   #4
Trustee
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Houma, La.
Posts: 1,400
Images: 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeff Harper View Post
The pilot (2-10lbs) would be a better choice if your running lights and a 970 battery, as the camcorder is near the weight limit of the Merlin (up to (5lbs I think).
7lbs with the metal gimbal if I remember correctly.
__________________

-Ethan Cooper
Ethan Cooper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 6th, 2009, 08:13 AM   #5
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 8,421
Steadicam | Merlin Camera Stabilizing System - with Arm and Vest

See specs.
Jeff Harper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 6th, 2009, 08:18 AM   #6
Trustee
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Houma, La.
Posts: 1,400
Images: 5
See specs from Tiffen's own site:
Steadicam Merlin Arm and Vest - Tiffen

I'll save you some time if you'd like:

"The original Merlin used two-ball-bearings for the vertical axis, and low-friction bushings for the remaining two horizontal axes. The results were excellent but the maximum payload was limited to 5.5 lbs.

The new Merlin Six-Ball-Bearing Gimbal employs aluminum and stainless-steel construction and precision, flanged, extended-race ball bearings in all three axes, which yields higher payloads and superb angular isolation. This robust new, all-metal gimbal, together with the Merlin Arm and Vest, now permits your Merlin to fly cameras weighing up to 7.5 lbs (3.4 kg)."
__________________

-Ethan Cooper
Ethan Cooper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 6th, 2009, 08:21 AM   #7
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 8,421
B and H is clearly wrong.
Jeff Harper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 6th, 2009, 12:00 PM   #8
Wrangler
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 6,781
They re-used the old specs apparently.
__________________
Charles Papert
www.charlespapert.com
Charles Papert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 6th, 2009, 12:02 PM   #9
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 8,421
Yes, the metal gimble increases its capacity. Almost bought one used and only knew of the old specs so I passed, unfortunately.
Jeff Harper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old July 6th, 2009, 11:26 PM   #10
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 937
If you think just holding the camera gets heavy... it is nothing compared to holding the camera on a Merlin.

Very possible, just start "flying" a 10lbs weight around your back yard as if you were holding a Merlin, you'll get tired pretty fast, but after some practice it could become easy if you are up to the challenge.

Otherwise get something with an arm & vest.
__________________
Nothing says you're a serious video maker like S-VHS
Zach Love is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Sony XAVC / XDCAM / NXCAM / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Sony HDV and DV Camera Systems > Sony HVR-Z5 / HDR-FX1000

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:57 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network