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Old September 28th, 2009, 11:49 AM   #1
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I've had my Merlin and Arm/Vest for a week now..I was wondering if any XHA1 users would be willing to share successfull settings for balance. I use the 950G battery and no add-ons. I think I have a good setting but would like to see how it compares to what more experienced users have found to work. One thing that concerns me is that with 2 finishing and 4 mid weights on the lower spar...my drop time is good but the rig is very hard to keep balanced when moving. If I had a fifth weight the drop time is too fast. but the total effect is that rig is steadier when moving. Thanks
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Old September 29th, 2009, 10:08 AM   #2
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a1 setings!

Hi! I don't have Merlin anymore but still I have a sheet with my settings.This is XH A1 with standard battery and no other add-ons.

Stage 0/Arc full open and then -2 full turns witt knob/center I have mid+finish weight/and at the bottom 4mid+start + finish/

As I remember the upper adjustment (cimbal) for bottom heavyness or opposite was almost closed, and if needed 1-2 turns open

I wrote it down to reference, as often i needed readjust for fisheye. But this settings worked well for me.

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Old September 29th, 2009, 05:56 PM   #3
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Thanx Raul that got me a lot closer than I was a lot quicker and after some tweaking I think I've got it.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 08:22 PM   #4
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You can start here

Canon XHA1 and Steadicam Merlin ? Tutorial By Shiv Kumar On ExposureRoom

It's been posted here before =)
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Old September 29th, 2009, 08:37 PM   #5
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You can start here

Canon XHA1 and Steadicam Merlin ? Tutorial By Shiv Kumar On ExposureRoom

It's been posted here before =)
I looked at that one as well..for some reason it didn't quite work as well for me as it did for for Shiv..no doubt it was something I was doing..but I did learn quite a bit from watching it
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Old September 30th, 2009, 02:08 PM   #6
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Try this too YouTube - Merlin Steadicam Quick Start Guide
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Old October 10th, 2009, 06:08 AM   #7
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Update: After a few weeks of practicing I'm starting to get the hang of this. I'm getting some smooth shots and can walk briskly and maintain them....working my up to running..now. Thanks for the help
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