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Handheld and shoulder mount versions of this Sony 3-CMOS HDV camcorder.


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Old April 25th, 2008, 05:08 AM   #1
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Steadycam for Z7

hope there is anybody out, who can recommend a good steadycam system for my Z7, pricerange: 2.000,- to 4.000,-.

has not to be the best, but should work good.

thanks for your replys!

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Old April 25th, 2008, 06:40 AM   #2
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Clemens,

I've used the Glidecam 4000 with mine as well as the least expensive vest by Varizoom. I think the total cost is less than $1500 US. With the Wide Angle lens and a good light on the camera, it does push towards the higher end of the weight range. But, for short little bursts, it works fine. I'll see if I have anything on CF card to post.
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Old April 25th, 2008, 07:19 AM   #3
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Clemens,

I've used the Glidecam 4000 with mine as well as the least expensive vest by Varizoom. I think the total cost is less than $1500 US. With the Wide Angle lens and a good light on the camera, it does push towards the higher end of the weight range. But, for short little bursts, it works fine. I'll see if I have anything on CF card to post.
hey chad!

thanks a lot for your fast response! that helps me a lot, 'cause there's a cheap system on ebay right now. now i know that it works with the weight. hope it also does with the mounted CF unit and a wireless mic receiver.
would be nice to see some shots you took!

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Old April 25th, 2008, 10:41 AM   #4
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Clemens,

Just remember, in my little experience, don't push the weight limit towards the max. Less is better, unless you have a higher-quality arm. Glidecam also carries a wrist/arm glove that transfers some of the weight off your wrist, if you decide to use just the Glidecam 4000 without the vest.
How long of a shot are you trying to get?

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Old April 26th, 2008, 02:51 AM   #5
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Clemens,

Just remember, in my little experience, don't push the weight limit towards the max. Less is better, unless you have a higher-quality arm. Glidecam also carries a wrist/arm glove that transfers some of the weight off your wrist, if you decide to use just the Glidecam 4000 without the vest.
How long of a shot are you trying to get?

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thanks chad. i have not planned to use it without the vest. missed the ebay auction yesterday, but found something new:
have you ever heard / tried the flycam?
seems to be a VERY interesting price:

http://www.thecinecity.com/home.php?cat=243

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Old April 26th, 2008, 09:05 AM   #6
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Do a search here for much info on the Flycam. I have heard a wide variety of things about the rig, some are satisfied, others are not.
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Old April 26th, 2008, 09:47 AM   #7
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It looks nice and can hold a larger camera. I'd do what Charles suggested and look for as many reviews as possible. I'm looking for a new rig and will be selling my stuff when I find a better solution. I tried on the Stedicam Flyer at NAB and it was awesome, not to mention a bit out of my price range.
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