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Old June 1st, 2010, 09:03 PM   #1
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Help needed: Glidecam HD4000 with Canon 5D Mark II

I would like to mount a Canon 5D Mark II with the Zeiss 28mm ZE Lens using the Bogen 577 Adapter with the 501 PLong Plate onto the Glidecam HD4000.

Is the weight of this camera/lens/baseplate sufficient for the HD4000 or do I need to add weights to the top?

Also, there are (2) other variables that can affect stability and I'm not sure which is best:

- less weight/longer extension vs. more weight/shorter extension?
- sliding out the baseplate extensions vs. leaving the baseplate compact?

Any help on this would be appreciated.

*SIDE NOTE TO 577 USERS: The "501 PLong" Plate allows you to mount the camera slightly behind the 577 Knob so you can tighten it appropriately. Otherwise it is very difficult to get the knob loose enough or tight enough without hitting the 5D Mark II's body --- and Yes --- I realize that the 577's knob can be pulled out and repositioned, but that is very difficult to do and still doesn't help very much.
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Old June 5th, 2010, 01:58 AM   #2
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Hi Andy, HD4000 is a bit of an overkill for a DSLR setup. We tried the HD2000 and it works fine. That said, HD4000 would work but that depends on what lens u have on it. U would into need much weights below to counterbalance. Only issue we had was the sled is too long n heavy so u tend to hit the weights portion. Take note of that and u should be able to handle it well.

I would suggest to keep the post to the existing length. Add some weights to the top to balance it.
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Old June 10th, 2010, 10:19 PM   #3
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I was going to say the same thing as Sean. The HD4000 seems too much for a DSLR. Did you already have it or are you specifically buying it for this cam? If the second is the case I would go with the HD2000 at most.

Every ounce counts if you are going to be handling this rig without an arm and vest.
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