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Old August 19th, 2007, 08:44 PM   #1
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Question on Steadicam Merlin with FX1.

So I am thinking of a steadicam, so far I have added a few things to my FX1, which is a beachtek DXA-4, changed the battery to a NP-F970, added a shotgun mic, and have the optional sony NPF-570 light, my question is, with all these weight on my FX1, which exceeded the limit of steadicam merlin's weight, will steadicam merlin still work for the FX1? I see lots of people using it, so just wondering if I should drop the big bucks to those things until I confirm that it will work....

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Old August 19th, 2007, 11:03 PM   #2
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The Merlin is rated for 5lbs out of the box, however with the new metal gimbal and added weight kit it can support up to 7 lbs. This would be an unpleasant handful however, so you will be much better off working with the Merlin vest and arm (which thoughtfully include said metal gimbal and added weights--these items will be sold a la carte also but are not yet available as such).
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Old August 20th, 2007, 12:45 PM   #3
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The Merlin is rated for 5lbs out of the box, however with the new metal gimbal and added weight kit it can support up to 7 lbs. This would be an unpleasant handful however, so you will be much better off working with the Merlin vest and arm (which thoughtfully include said metal gimbal and added weights--these items will be sold a la carte also but are not yet available as such).
well, I was looking for the cheapest way to get a steadicam and merlin seems to fit in fine.... probably can't afford the vest... but thanks for the info and suggestion :)
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Old August 20th, 2007, 01:15 PM   #4
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No problem. Just bear in mind that the Merlin is the lightest of all commercially available handheld stabilizers which means that your overall payload is going to be the least possible; even still, a payload over 5 lbs is really uncomfortable to operate for any extended length of time for most people.
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