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Old May 6th, 2005, 06:38 AM   #1
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I have two Xl2s and 1 Xl1s which I am using to provide three camera coverage for weddings but I would like to take my coverage one step further by purchasing a stabiliser but I am not sure which road to go down. I want to use one of my XL2's to do the job with wideangle lens. I also use a VL3 light on the camera and a wireless mic reciever on the camera all the time, keeping the weight close to 10lbs.

I have looked at both steadicam and glidecam rigs and am considering either the V16 (glidecam) or Flyer (steadicam). I noticed that glidecam demoed the V35 at NAB 04 and 05. I contacted glidecam about a release date for the V35 and have been informed it will be out mid July. Should I wait for the V35??

Any suggestions would be most welcome.

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Old May 6th, 2005, 08:40 AM   #2
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If I were going to get one, it would be the flyer. It has an amazing feel, and that great iso-elastic arm.

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Old May 6th, 2005, 02:17 PM   #3
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If you can afford it, then the Flyer is (in my oppinion) THE way to go.
The arm is fantastic, so good in fact that Steadicam has just replaced it's mid range arm with basically a bigger version of it.

The Flyer also has that crucial 4-way adjustment at the vest-arm connection so that you can get the rig to float in the right place.

The V25 will most likly be overkill for an XL2 (which the Flyer was pratically designed for) a 10lb setup will be just great on the flyer, right in teh middle of it's range, with still pleaty of spare for other accesories you might get.

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