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Old December 1st, 2007, 05:08 PM   #1
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Ex on a merlin....

My EX1 showed up today from abelcine.... thanks guys!

And the 1st thing I did was put it on the merlin..... took about 2 mins to dial in and it flys very nicely!

I had to put all the weights + 3 from the vest/arm kit to get it right.

I'll try to post pics and .mov's when I get a chance.
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Old December 1st, 2007, 07:08 PM   #2
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Cool.

Can't wait to see the pics and video.
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Old December 1st, 2007, 07:26 PM   #3
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If you can make some test using a lens adapter, like the letus extreme would be very interesting to know if the Merlin could handle the extra weight.
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 09:40 AM   #4
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a little more info....

the EX1 takes the same hole config as a Z1... but the bottom of the EX1 has a bevel at the lens side which gives you less flatness to mate against... but still seems sturdy.

I think the EX1 is more back heavy as opposed to the Z1 which is front heavy.
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 10:12 AM   #5
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a little more info....

the EX1 takes the same hole config as a Z1... but the bottom of the EX1 has a bevel at the lens side which gives you less flatness to mate against... but still seems sturdy.

I think the EX1 is more back heavy as opposed to the Z1 which is front heavy.
I bet with the wide angle lens attached it gets balanced better.. ???
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 06:20 PM   #6
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I look forward to seeing your photos and feedback from using it as I'm currently deciding on which stabaliser device I will get with my EX1 and the Merlin was up there on the list.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 09:08 AM   #7
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Bumping Up for Updates

I want to bump up this thread to see if anyone can give us updates on using the Merlin steadicam with the EX-1. Does it really work well?

This would be for documentary production. We will use a matte box but *not* a 35mm lens adapter. Would the rig w a matte box be too heavy for the Merlin?

We are about to make some purchases and knowing more about this would help a lot.

Thanks.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 11:34 AM   #8
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the steadicam pilot would be a better choice i tink.. u will be threading on the limits of the merlin.. someone here has his rigged up Z1 slip from the merlin..
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Old April 29th, 2008, 03:35 PM   #9
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I am in the same boat, still researching but am considering the Merlin. I think Mr. Phillip Bloom has a Merlin as well, Maybe he could chime in on this thread.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 05:43 PM   #10
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yes... I flew an ex1 on a merlin/vest/arm for many hours without a problem... flew well, but the pilot is streets ahead in stability.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 09:17 PM   #11
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I took a Pilot with an EX1 for a test drive at NAB a few weeks ago. My pilot should arrive here next week if that tells you what I thought about it. I think you could fly the EX1 with a few options and still make the weight limit. Not a lot though.

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Old April 29th, 2008, 11:29 PM   #12
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Folks, thanks for the responses, all are very helpful.

In this and other threads it was mentioned that Phil Bloom said he has the Merlin with vest & arm, but I can't find a response from him giving us some idea of how well that set up works. So far it seems the consensus is to go with the Pilot.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 03:27 AM   #13
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For what it's worth i had a merlin with a Z1 which i found barely useable and i have a pilot for the EX1 which is in a different world.

Although i suspect you can set up the merlin faster if that's an important factor.

But my vote is for the pilot, but if that's too expensive i would look at hand and shoulder mounts instead of the merlin.

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Old May 1st, 2008, 08:38 AM   #14
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Glidecam 4000

I use the Glidecam 4000 and an EX, sans vest. Went from the Z1 and the weight did take some time to get accoustomed to.

Anyone using the vest for events?

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