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Old September 1st, 2007, 01:47 AM   #1
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Is anyone using one of these?

http://www.levelcam.com

It looks at least as good as a Fig Rig
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Old September 1st, 2007, 12:00 PM   #2
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Hi laurence,

Yes you have right the levelcam it is in the same range of the fig rig

if you want a good stability and fluide mouvement you need a system
with a three axis gimbal for isolated the mouvement of your body, and if you have a good budjet go with a complete system sled, arm ,and vest, the arm absorbe your walk and support the sled.

You can always look for a gyrostabiliser but the price is hi
http://www.ken-lab.com/stabilizers.html

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Old September 2nd, 2007, 08:23 PM   #3
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ha

a year or two back I hired a guy to shoot a wedding with me. He had 2 cams a shoulder mount and a pd150. Asked me which one to use - I said whichever can go from tripod to steady handheld fastest. OK he said - I'll buy a breadboard and use the pd150.

He shows up at the wedding with a pd150 attached to a breadboard and a tripod qr plate underneath. Worked great. The guy was Tim Nixon who I now see is inventor of levelcam

Now you know the rest of the story.

- Tim did a great job for me with his proto-levelcam - the great thing about the unit is that there is no set-up time - you go to and from the tripod as quickly with the levelcam as without it, and you do get steadier shots. Personally shooting run and gun I prefer both hands on the camera all the time, but if you can live without that then the unit is a winner.

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Old September 4th, 2007, 03:02 PM   #4
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Well I ordered one today. I'll post here what I think of it after I get it and try it out.
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Old October 8th, 2007, 08:34 AM   #5
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I just got one as well. I've tested it a little, and I used it at a wedding this past weekend. I'll let you eknow how that turns out. Here's my test footage... not the greatest but first try and certainly better than handheld...
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www.grantphotovideo.com/levelcamtest.wmv
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Old February 17th, 2008, 03:52 AM   #6
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Hey, I just saw the review in DV magazine.

What do you owners think about this thing after using it some time?
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Old February 17th, 2008, 09:24 AM   #7
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Side to side shaking is helped greatly but I get a lot of up and down shaking with it compared to my Spiderbrace.
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Old February 17th, 2008, 01:33 PM   #8
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I've got this Steadicam JR staring me in the face. I've had it forever without really using it--I found it extremely difficult to use with my VX-1000.

But now I've got one of these tiny hv20s, which is impossible to hand hold.

So I'm trying to decide whether I should attempt to mount the Steadicam--it was hard enough with a known starting point or just get a device like this levelcam.


Maybe I'll mess with that today...
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Old February 18th, 2008, 11:14 PM   #9
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Andy,

They are different animals. The JR has a true three-axis gimbal in a clever form. It can deliver a very good shot once you know how to use it. The other systems, while better than handheld, can't offer the same isolation from your body that a full gimble system can. You can even mount the JR on a support arm (Steadicams or ours) which can make longer shots much better and easier.

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