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Old September 27th, 2009, 07:09 PM   #1
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Just ordered my first stabilizer :-)

I just ordered my first stabilizer, a Glidecam, from B&H Photo. It should be here on Thursday, giving me only a couple days to practice with it before I am going to have to use it on a shoot. I only ordered the sled, no vest or brace to help hold it- which I understand is going to be a test of endurance. However, I've been practicing- holding my tripod out at arm's length for extended periods of time.

Besides making sure it is properly balanced, does anyone have any advice for me on how to get the most out of my new stabilizer? I know two days is not a lot of time to practice with it, so I would appreciate any advice anyone may have for me.
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Old September 28th, 2009, 11:54 AM   #2
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I just ordered my first stabilizer, a Glidecam, from B&H Photo. It should be here on Thursday, giving me only a couple days to practice with it before I am going to have to use it on a shoot. I only ordered the sled, no vest or brace to help hold it- which I understand is going to be a test of endurance. However, I've been practicing- holding my tripod out at arm's length for extended periods of time.

Besides making sure it is properly balanced, does anyone have any advice for me on how to get the most out of my new stabilizer? I know two days is not a lot of time to practice with it, so I would appreciate any advice anyone may have for me.
I can only relate my recent experience...I've only had the Merlin w/Arm and Vest for about a week. I used it Friday night at a concert in a small venue for some friends of mine. I got some decent shots..but I don't think I would have had any or very few were it not for the Arm and Vest....it made a HUGE difference..
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Old September 28th, 2009, 04:26 PM   #3
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Its more wrist strength you will need than forearm ;) Thats the dilemma with handheld rigs. The heavier they are, the more stable the shot, but the heavier the handheld rig, the more pain.

I highly recommend the Steadicam Operators Handbook. Not a steadicam, not a full rig but the book will help you no end. It will talk about grip, operating, framing, shots and a whole lot more. Well worth it and I got a huge amount from it for my glidecam.
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