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Old May 27th, 2006, 12:42 PM   #16
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JR vs Merlin

OK here's a question...(!)
I've got a JR which I use with a PD150, Canon WA & Sony NP-F950 battery and it's OK, but the plastic stage adjustment seems a bit fklimsy and I'm sure it will break soon... The merlin looks like a proper bit of kit, all metal etc...

So...
1. Will it balance OK with by loaded PD150 (the JR has all the weights on it)
2. How practical is using the flip-out LCD against the JR's built in?

Any comments gratefully received!

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Old May 29th, 2006, 06:21 AM   #17
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The day after I got my Merlin I had it reasonably balanced.
The set-up was a Sony Z1 with an NP-F970 battery pack.

Today I retried with an NP-F570 battery pack.
I could remove on of the weights, and after rebalancing I had a much easier to control set-up.

The difference in weights of the battery packs is definitely something to take into consideration if you have the possibility to buy a lighter battery for the steadicam shooting.

NP-F970 (296 gms - 10.44 oz)
NP-F570 (102 gms - 3.6 oz)
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Old May 30th, 2006, 11:51 AM   #18
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Graham,
Yes the Merlin will fly any setup that the JR will fly.
The on-camera monitor works fine on the Merlin. You can of course try this yourself with youy JR. - just open your camera's screen!

Douglas,
Glad to hear the lighter battery worked well for you.
Don't forget to go and add your succesfull setting to the cookbook for the rest of us!: www.merlincookbook.com

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Old May 30th, 2006, 12:17 PM   #19
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Hi Mikko,

I am going to try it with an HC-1 first, then maybe the Z1.

Haven't set it up yet, hoping to do so this weekend.

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Old May 30th, 2006, 04:31 PM   #20
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Hi

Does anyone know any UK retailers that may sell the Steadicam Merlin? I want to try it out?

If not i may just have to buy it from the states
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Old May 31st, 2006, 06:06 AM   #21
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Hi Ismail
I think Creative Video are selling the merlin :-http://www.creativevideo.co.uk/public/search.php?q=merlin&Submit=go&w=1
after Optex went into liquidation.

Hi Mikko
I can't balance the JR with the monitor flipped out, but it may just be too heavy with a W/A and big battery?

Also, slightly OT, I worked with a "real" Steadicam guy last week and tried on his rig - I was worn out after about a minute!!! Call me a wimp, but it's made my mind up to hire a specialist when the budget allows, and use the JR (or possibly a Merlin!) when not!

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Old May 31st, 2006, 09:19 AM   #22
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Hi thanks for the link,

it works out cheaper from America, any advice on buying from america and shipping it over, is it worth it? pros and cons? anyone tried it
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Old May 31st, 2006, 09:48 AM   #23
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Hi thanks for the link,

it works out cheaper from America, any advice on buying from america and shipping it over, is it worth it? pros and cons? anyone tried it
I am almost certain it will cost you a whole lot more buying and shipping it from the USA.
The weight usualy specified for the Merlin is the weight of the actual unbalanced (weighted) unit.
Included in the pack are all the weights needed to balance cameras.
If you are anything like me you would want the Merlin to be delivered as soon as possible - meaning Airfreight! It will cost you more than the price of the Merlin to have it sent - I think.

Now I may be completely wrong. Hopefully someone else will either agree or disagree with my thoughts on the subject- so you can then judge for yourself.
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Old June 1st, 2006, 11:18 PM   #24
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Anyone using a Merlin with a Sony HVR-A1?
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Old June 4th, 2006, 04:50 PM   #25
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Douglas, $67us to have it shipped to the UK through B&H?

Anybody have thoughts on whether flying an xl2 is a ridiculous idea? HVX is about the same weight, no?
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Old June 4th, 2006, 08:54 PM   #26
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This link was posted up at HDforindies.com, it's a merlin review http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage..._saraceno.html


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Old June 5th, 2006, 02:35 AM   #27
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The A1 works great on the Merlin.

Yes, hoping to use an XL2 is unfortunatly wishfull thinking, it's just too heavy for the Merlin (or to hold on any handheld stabilizer really)

Thanks for the review link, good stuff :)


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Old June 5th, 2006, 09:31 PM   #28
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There's some Merlin footage here...

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=68933
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Old June 15th, 2006, 08:02 PM   #29
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Another practice run with the Merlin

Just thought I'd upload another practice run with the Merlin.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...86640061567893
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Old June 15th, 2006, 10:10 PM   #30
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You make it look so easy Armin. I was using my Merlin on a shoot a couple of days last week. A couple of the shots came out good enough to use, but I'm still finding it really challenging, but a lot were really wobbly. I still feel like I'm fighting to keep it balanced. (Can't post the source footage because it's work stuff.)
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