Filming Question: Stabilizers
Hey Dylan, I’ve seen a bunch of your videos lately(sick! by the way) and I notice you have super smooth shots in every one, just curious what your using for steadicam or at least what you recommend. I use a 7D. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks man! -Aj
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Hey Aj, thanks for the kind words. I use a Glidecam HD4000 because my camera is about 6 lbs. With a 7d you could get away with an HD2000, unless you think you might ever upgrade to something heavier. In that case spend the extra $100 now for the 4000 so you’re pretty much set for anything.
There are other brands you can get for cheaper but here is why I personally wanted the Glidecam HD.
1. The looks. It looks so much better than any other stabilizer, the weights are shaped like the sled rather than circular like every other brand. This might sound weak but image really does matter. I want something that looks clean and professional if I am going into a professional setting.
2. Micro adjust knobs on the head. With any stabilizer you need it to be perfectly balanced to work properly. With the micro adjust knobs you can easily adjust the balance by fractions of an inch.
Before I had the Glidecam I had a Fly Cam Nano for my T2i. It worked ok especially for the price, but I did have to mess with it a lot to get it to work right. Things didn’t stay tight, adjusting the balance was a pain and eventually it did break.
In short if you want something that will last and look professional go with the Glidecam. If its more of a hobby thing or you just want to try it out, check ebay for a Wieldy, Flycam or Wondlan stabilizer.
Thanks for writing Aj!
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