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Ram Ganesh October 1st, 2010 02:56 AM

Sturdycam vs Blackbird
I need a budget steadicam for 5D. I have narrowed it down to: CMR Blackbird ($485) and Sturdycam ($220). Blackbird is well reviewed, and Sturdycam seems to be an unknown from Europe, can't find any reviews or comparisons. But the demos he has are _very_ impressive (steady shot while jumping on a trampoline!!) doesn't hurt that Sturdycam is 1/2 the price than Blackbird... :)

Some samples I saw of Sturdycam:
Bumpy Road: YouTube - The SturdyCam - Bump Test
Running: YouTube - The SturdyCam - Running Test
More Videos: Sturdy Shots: Videos

anyone used it? Merlin is elegant, but out of my price range....

Chih-Kuang Tu October 2nd, 2010 01:01 AM

I'm a Blackbird user, I'm very happy with my result, it's a great product, you won't go wrong with it.
However, if you are only mounting on 5D on the steadicam, I probably would go for Sturdycam, the footage on the webstie do look impressive.
But if you consider having a light or monitor or even a wireless FF system on it later, go for BB.

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