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Old May 11th, 2004, 05:40 PM   #1
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Steadicam JR: with or without monitor?

Hi,
I'm about to purchase a Steadicam JR, but I'm not sure whether to buy the one that includes the monitor, or the one without it. My camcorder is light-weight, (Sony TRV38), with a few things added to it, but still pretty light, I'm guessing, compared to the higher-end cameras, like the vx2100. Anyway, I'm wondering if an open 3.5 inch LCD screen from the camcorder will effect the balancing of the camera and/or movement and operation of it, etc. In my case, what would be the wisest purchase: Steadicam with monitor, or without?

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Old May 11th, 2004, 08:03 PM   #2
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My feeling is that the with monitor version gives you the most flexibility. As you noted, having the flip-out monitor extended is an issue for balance and footprint in wind (it can act like a sail to a certain extent!) Also there are certain angles that you will not be able to see the flip-out screen, such as a quick pan to the right. The JR monitor may have better anti-reflective coatings for sunlight viewing, depending on the individual camera (not familiar than yours).
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Old May 11th, 2004, 08:45 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.
Looks like I'll spend a few extra bucks and get the monitor version. It'll probably be better to have in the long run for use with my future cameras.

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