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Old August 5th, 2007, 07:54 AM   #1
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Glidecam 4000 VS Merlin for XHA1

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I have a glidecam 4000 and a XHA1 with a onboard light and a bigger battery. It is so heavy that my wrist wobbles I have even tried giving to to a friend of mine who is a Body builder and after a while it was hurting for him. A glidecam 4000 is not the way to go unless you have the vest. Now I have heard that the Merlin is easier because you can use two hands with it, has anybody tried it with a XHA1 is it ok for shoots that last around 20 mins?
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Old August 5th, 2007, 10:16 AM   #2
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For 20 mins I would need a shot of steroids.
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Old August 5th, 2007, 01:27 PM   #3
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get a vest, the camera and sled get heavy after a few minutes no matter who you are.
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Old August 5th, 2007, 07:42 PM   #4
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After a while, the blood stops circulating in the hand as well. You do need a vest system for a long shot.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 10:16 AM   #5
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I believe u need one hand to control the merlin as wel.. it should operate similarly like the glidecam..
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Old August 6th, 2007, 11:59 AM   #6
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Yeah, but with the Merlin, your control hand can also be used to carry the weight of the rig - you can't do that with a Glidecam.

Also, the Merlin is designed & built to place the weight over the operator's hand, not out to the side like the Glidecam does. The Glidecam places a lot of tourque on the operator's hand & wrist, which makes you tire out much faster than without any tourque as is the case with the Merlin.

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