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Old September 1st, 2011, 02:00 PM   #1
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Flycam 6000 or Glidecam HD4000

I've got a SONY EX1R

Which would you recommend? Flycam 6000 or Glidecam HD4000? Both with vest/arm...I've not done a steadycam sort of system before but narrowed it down to these two...any thoughts on what might be best for my ex1r?

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Old September 1st, 2011, 03:25 PM   #2
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Re: Flycam 6000 or Glidecam HD4000

out of two I'd choose flycam, just because of the gimbal design, glidecam 90 degree gimbal is not the best
and going low or just waste high it will hit camera mounting plate, but overall glidecam has better quality,
as an ultimate solution I would try to find used Pilot, it is miles better, faster to setup and easier to fly than GC or FC
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Old September 1st, 2011, 03:50 PM   #3
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Re: Flycam 6000 or Glidecam HD4000

I use a 4000hd with vest and arm for my xf300 (similar size and weight) and it works great. Took a few hours of tweaking and balancing but since I used a QR plate it's very quick to get going now.

My buddy has the pilot and it's a different animal. Much nicer build quality and theres the monitor.
We seem to be getting similar results though. And one of the guys Ive shot with for a national TV show uses a GC 2000pro with a V1U and his stuff looks great. He's been at it a lot longer than me! More practice is required!

Don't know the Flycam.
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Old September 1st, 2011, 07:36 PM   #4
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Re: Flycam 6000 or Glidecam HD4000

I have a Flycam 5500 with arm and vest and it was the only model that really worked right out of the box...well worth getting if you can still find one available. They are ideally set up for middle weight cameras between say 4 and 10 lbs.

Unless you are looking at a single spring arm with Glidecam it's going to be way more expensive that the flycam!! The Flycam is probably the best value out there but rather get the 5500 or the 7000 rig !! The 6000 is designed for heavier cameras and has a backmount vest...rather get a frontmount vest

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Old September 1st, 2011, 08:16 PM   #5
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Re: Flycam 6000 or Glidecam HD4000

Thanks for all replies - very helpful...I guess the thing about the 6000 over the 5500 is the low end cage, which sounds good...

I know the pilot might be best but for $1200 the 6000 Flycam might be the way to go...if it can hold the balance once it's set, that is.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 06:18 AM   #6
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Hi Kent
If you do go for the 6000 tell them to supply you with springs to suit your camera weight!! Dunno what the EX weighs but it should be around the 6lb mark max ..I was using an EX 3 last week and it definately weighed less than 8lbs!! If you don't specify the cam weight the arm comes with springs that can support an elephant and will be totally un-responsive!!!!

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Old September 2nd, 2011, 10:34 AM   #7
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Re: Flycam 6000 or Glidecam HD4000

Thanks Chris - very helpful...made me think twice about the 6000 - so really the 5500 is better for EX1R? Thing is with a microphone, maybe a ninja or samurai on its top with battery, my camera will probably weigh around 9-ish lbs I'd think.
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