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Old February 26th, 2010, 07:50 AM   #1
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I've tried to do as much homework as I could from previous threads before posting, but I still have a few questions about camera stabilization. I'll be using this with my Canon HV40. Keep in mind my low budget ($500).

1) There's quite a price difference between the Glidecam 2000 Pro and the HD2000. Does an improved gimbal and adjustment system really effect the overall performance by that much? Even if it did, I'm having a hard time finding one (BHPhotoVideo and others are all on back-order currently).

2) It sounds like the Body Pod may not be the best bang for my buck, as it makes gliding more difficult. Is this accurate?

3) I'm looking at the Glidecam Forearm Brace, but I've heard a lot of feedback that it lacks breath-ability. I don't want to have sweat dripping through my suit jacket! (This isn't as much a question as a concern)

4) I guess the final question would be about the need for support for a Glidecam 2000 Pro with a Canon HV40. My main use for stabilization would not be during the ceremony but rather establishing shots of the venue and during the reception. Would my wrist be tired without either a forearm brace or body pod? (I can't afford a vest)
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Old February 28th, 2010, 07:44 PM   #2
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My two cents..

I don't own one, but I've been considering one too. My thought is that a few new models are going to be released this year after NAB in April, so that might be why they are out of stock. I'm going to wait cause I have a feeling a new model that is easier, better and cheaper will come out mid year. I've also heard that adding the vest for weddings is very time consuming and all the wedding videographers I've talked too only use the stick. You would need a dedicated Glidecam user for your weddings if you had a vest, arm, etc.

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Old February 28th, 2010, 08:50 PM   #3
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Hi Kelly

A good 2 cents too!!! Yes it is very time-consuming and a vest/arm/sled rig is not practical to slip into when you need it. I only use my rig for the photoshoot...put it on before the shoot and then take it off afterwards. I use a highly modified Flycam 6000 with a dual arm and backmount vest and they are heavy!!!! They are also not very practical to use in a tiny Church either but the end result is awesome!!!

Personally if I was looking to doing ceremony shots I think I would try for a smaller and lighter camera like the HMC40 and pop it onto a handheld Merlin rig. During the ceremony you do need a stedicam that you can really grab 'n shoot rather than have to try and attend to you main cam dressed like a spaceman!!! For full stedicam ceremonies you really need a second dedicated operator if you are using a full vest rig!!! I do shoots with two cams on my own so suiting up just isn't an option for me except during the photoshoot!!

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