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Old December 16th, 2006, 12:01 AM   #1
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Glidecam vs vz-ultralite

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I've been browsing the forums looking for the answer to this but I could not find anything conclusive. I bumped into the opportunity to buy a used glidecam 2000 for 150 (shipping to Barcelona included) or a vz-ultralite for 220 (shipping to Barcelona included). Did anyone work with any of these? I know that the VZ can support more weight and it has a quick-release plate. But apart from these differences I really don't know what differs these 2 tools and how good each of them is from a user point of view. I know "steadi-pros" say these are not the best tools for the job but even though I don't do weddings I've seen some guy's wedding footage entirely shot with the glidecam that looked very smooth. Any thoughts?

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Old December 16th, 2006, 10:19 AM   #2
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Old December 16th, 2006, 10:49 AM   #3
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After reading all I could about it I decided not to buy any of these stabilizers. Most people with heavier cameras like the XH-A1 complain that they cannot handle more than a couple of minutes without having some serious arm pain. Sometimes I shoot hand held (for simple tests) with the A1+Letus35A+heavy lens and I know it's heavy. I can't imagine adding the extra weight of the stabilizer to this rig during 8 hours of real shooting. I prefer to wait and some day invest on a merlin or a dv sportster.
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After reading all I could about it I decided not to buy any of these stabilizers. Most people with heavier cameras like the XH-A1 complain that they cannot handle more than a couple of minutes without having some serious arm pain. Sometimes I shoot hand held (for simple tests) with the A1+Letus35A+heavy lens and I know it's heavy. I can't imagine adding the extra weight of the stabilizer to this rig during 8 hours of real shooting. I prefer to wait and some day invest on a merlin or a dv sportster.
I would suggest you to get a vest stabilizer i.e. www.SmoothArm.com. I have put 8kg sony xd camera on SmoothArm. By the way, using SmoothArm you won't have any arm pain and no lower back pain whatever.
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