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Old August 14th, 2007, 11:42 AM   #16
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Hello Chris,

I have zero-hours with the Merlin as I don’t currently own one, but probably have no less than 12-hours watching others handle the unit so I'll say that I have the "theory" down (Groucho Marx Walk). ; )

Yes, it's difficult to say the least to get everyone around you to act as natural as if you weren't even there video-taping, etc. Not only are you handling a larger and more sophisticated camera than those smaller consumer units the public is used to seeing more often, but now you also have some articulated robotic-arm that could be at first-glance, mistaken for your own prosthesis. I think one would blend much better and go unnoticed dressed as a “Hare Krishna” with 9 others dancing around behind him… lol

Thanks again for the quick-review and information, much appreciated!
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Old August 15th, 2007, 12:31 AM   #17
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I have zero-hours with the Merlin as I donít currently own one, but probably have no less than 12-hours watching others handle the unit so I'll say that I have the "theory" down (Groucho Marx Walk). ; )
Mmm...well...I wouldn't call the Groucho walk part of stabilizer operating theory, certainly it's one of the major factors for handheld work. A smooth step that rolls from ball of the feet to the toes is good for stabilizers as it limits the jolting that can then translate through the operating hand, but the Groucho walk is all about limiting the vertical travel and shock that is already taken up in a stabilizer by either the mechanical arm or one's own "meat" arm.

I would describe operating theory as being much more about the fingerwork than the footwork, all things being equal. But that's harder to suss out by watching as it is much more subtle.
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Old August 26th, 2007, 08:35 PM   #18
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any suggestions of a case to keep it protected?
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Old August 26th, 2007, 09:21 PM   #19
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I use an old camera case for the arm, which then also holds batteries, my monitor, and tools. Still looking for something for the vest.
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Old August 26th, 2007, 09:29 PM   #20
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Tiffen are selling Steadicam Flyer travel bags modified for the Merlin. Will fit everything including the Steadistand. I have ordered one.
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Old August 27th, 2007, 07:33 AM   #21
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hey phil....

I use an old haliburton case.... the foam layers that came in the box that the merlin vest/arm shipped with well.... it's really nice that they shipped with precut foam! I wish more manufactureres would go to the efforts tiffen does with their steadicam products!

I'll probably pick up a pelican case to replace the hali.... the hali makes me feel like I'm transporting illegal subs....

here's some quick snaps.... vest goes up in the lid....

http://www.witzke-studio.com/hd/mercase.jpg

the case measures... 18" X 21" X 7"

I see these cases all the time at used camera stores.... as cheap as $20.... they are made well.... and have a combination lock.
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Old August 27th, 2007, 08:29 AM   #22
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Hi Chris

That looks good. need to find something to put it in urgently!

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Old August 27th, 2007, 10:00 AM   #23
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i think anything with these measurements will work....

18" X 21" X 7"

at more height and another layer of foam for the merlin as well.
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