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Old March 17th, 2011, 12:33 PM   #1
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Merlin and nikon d7000

Hola guys,
Who has ever tried to us a MErlin with a Nikon D7000?
I wnated to hear your suggestion on balancing it

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Old April 13th, 2011, 01:11 PM   #2
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I can't believe here nobody can help me balancing the merlin with the D7k.....
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Old April 13th, 2011, 02:13 PM   #3
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I can't believe here nobody can help me balancing the merlin with the D7k.....
I use the D7000 on my Merlin, but I'm a long way from the Merlin at the moment, and can't find the notes detailing the setup. When I find them I'll report back -- but in the meantime, I was able to get the rig set up fairly well for the D7000 using the old Nikkor 17-35mm lens. Not perfect, but good enough for me, at least...
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Old April 14th, 2011, 02:53 AM   #4
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Hey HArm, i can't believe i found at least a person that use the merlin with the d7000!
Thx Mate!
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Old April 28th, 2011, 05:42 PM   #5
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Re: Merlin and nikon d7000

At the first beginnings you can see a couple of tests (no goodwith the steadicam merlin),
suggestions?
I see even unnatural look maybe due to the rolling shutter?

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Old May 2nd, 2011, 05:24 PM   #6
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I uploaded another one .....a lot more work to do to achieve a perfect balancement right?
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Old May 16th, 2011, 08:40 AM   #7
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Any suggestion-tips to improve it?
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Old May 19th, 2011, 02:03 PM   #8
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If you wanna take a look ...
here i was trying a new balancement on D90 and D5100


DO you guys think it should be fixed the balancement or just more practice?
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Old July 4th, 2011, 12:44 PM   #9
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So this is on the Merlin, Marcus?
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 06:47 PM   #10
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Is it possible to shoot a feature film on a Nikon D7000 for blow-up to the big screen??
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 11:22 AM   #11
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Re: Merlin and nikon d7000

Marcus,

It looks like you're a little too bottom heavy (hence the pendulum like wobble). Check your drop time. Remember that you can adjust bottom heaviness in three ways: 1) number of weights, 2) open width of the jaw, 3) height on the gimble.

I would also recommend checking out the merlin cookbook and its formula on achieving "dynamic balance" which you can see here:
Welcome to Tiffen - Steadicam Merlin Cookbook Settings

Unfortunately the sheets assume an even distribution of mass which is not true with a DSLR but they give you an idea of where you can start from. I have my D7000 balanced fairly well with a Tokina 11-16 and a DSLR Film Noob Shockmount w/ Zoom H1 on top. I can't get perfect dynamic balance with it but really it's almost impossible to get true dynamic balance with a curved bar stabilizer. I'm going to upgrade to the pilot eventually just for that reason.
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