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Glidecam HD-2000 Hand-Held Stabilizer

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Glidecam HD-2000 Hand-Held Stabilizer + Manfrotto 3433PL 577 Rapid Connect Adapter with Sliding Mounting Plate + Neewer® CN-160 160PCS LED Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel Digital Camera / Camcorder Video Light, LED Light for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Panasonic, SONY, Samsung and Olympus Digital SLR Cameras
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  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 9 x 17 inches ; 6.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0020LB0MO
  • Item model number: HD-2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

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Hand-Held Stabilizer

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This device takes a lot of practice and a lot of time to balance.
Josh
As far as i'm concerned, it's worth every penny just because of how much time it saves you on set.
Videoguy93
I would say nearly any size DSLR and a variety of lenses would pair well with the HD-2000.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By matt wolfe [cc] on July 5, 2011
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Looking to give more fluid movement to your videos? I definitely like this if you are shooting on an HDSLR setup like the Canon/Nikon/Panasonic/Sony DSLRs that are real popular in video right now.

For a video example (and since Amazon won't allow external links), simply click on my profile, click on my website, go to the VIDEO dropdown, click on BABY VIDEOS, and look for the video BABY LIAM. It was shot with this Glidecam 2000, the Canon EOS 7D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-inch LCD (Body Only), and the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras.

Obviously if you are using a setup like this, focus control is an issue - to which I simply recommend setting your lens to focus on infinity to give you the longest focal field achievable with your lens, and step back away from the subject. If that is not possible, at least get a lens with a large focus ring and plan out your shot BEFORE you press record.

But for the Glidecam 2000. As with every review, you must consider management of expectations. Once you see a product in relation to what else is out there and what else costs whatever, then you can really see where the product exists.

CONS:
-You have to readjust weight if you add or take parts off your rig, such as changing lenses, adding or removing an eternal mic, etc. This can be time-consuming.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By aceofbase on July 14, 2011
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I got the HD2000 for use in home/family videos so did not want a very expensive solution. The 2000 is a good size for my gripped 7D, rode SVM, and I use 10-22 and 24-105 lenses they balance nicely. I use a manfrotto 394 quick release plate, it is a sturdy plate that releases the camera quickly and easily because the lever is on the side. It also has a built in fluid level which aids in balancing. I bolted a stack of small washers to the glidecam baseplate so they push up against the 394 and hold it in place (very tightly too).

Setup with the glidecam is tricky there is no getting around it but the manual is well written and there are lots of videos on youtube. I recommend getting the rig close to the balancing point (weights), then sort the drop time (length of pole/weights), then fine tune the front/back and left/right balancing (with screws). I learnt to balance it by putting the removable pole from the glidecam forearm brace on the edge of a table or bench and prop it up to get the support pole vertical, then while holding the brace against the bench put the glidecam on so that it hangs freely then you can adjuct the front back and side to side screws with the other hand. Once you get the hang of what you are trying to achieve this method is very quick to balance. I make markings on the pole and baseplate for each lens but sometimes have to tweak slightly with each change. With this setup I have the weight pole ~3/4 extended, with 4 weights on each and the 394 attached to the middle hole 3rd from the back.

Using the glidecam is what will take most people some time to master, I still need lots more practice! Countering any back/forwards sway and accurate panning are the trickiest things to start with. I highly recommend getting the forearm brace.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AmericanJarhead on April 4, 2013
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I love my HD-2000. It's not terribly hard to use or setup (if you're a little anal it will certainly help). I'm a former professional photojournalist (stills) just now getting into video. I can't imagine not having this for even everyday family video. It's a must for anything beyond that is highly fluid situations. The quality and fit and finish are top shelf. One problem I did have was when mine arrived, the base plate, where you add the counterweights and move them in and out from the center, didn't have threading in one of the holes. This made it impossible to have perfect balance in that particular position. I didn't call or contact the seller about it, I emailed Glidecam in Massachusetts. I've come to expect marginal if not outright terrible customer service from most business these days. However, I was surprised by the quick response to my email inquiry, even thought it went to a general mailbox! I told them about the issue and they sent a new base plate immediately and didn't even ask me to ship the old one back. I thought I'd have to ship it to them so they could see it and then they'd send a new one. They gave me the impression that they really care about their customers and the product's reputation. Thanks Glidecam.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Voltaire on March 8, 2014
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There are plenty of good reviews online for the HD-2000 so I'll only focus on the setup experience with Canon DSLRs.

Right out of the box the HD-2000 was very easy to assemble without requiring hand tool, just put some parts together rotate them and hand tighten. Since I'm using a quick-release adapter plate its 1/4 bolt required a screwdriver to tighten to the base plate but that was about the only actual tool needed.

Once assembly was completed making the necessary macro and micro adjustments to arrive at a 3-second "pendulum" swing took considerable time even after watching some very detailed YouTube how-to videos. The issue was the camera used was very close to the minimum weight requirement so eventually all the weight plates were removed and put back on one by one. The micro adjustments using the built-in screws are extremely sensitive so any change whatsoever from adding a washer for the adapter plate bolt to battery pack swap to LCD screen folding will make a huge difference and require additional adjustment thereafter. So after this initial learning curve for adjustments everything was great for extensive practice runs.

A few Q&A bullets that may help fellow Amazonians:
- IMHO the HD-2000 is ideal for "prosumer" DSLRs such as the Rebel, 60D, 7D...
- While the Glidecam is very light (not sure why some reviews state that it's heavy, try holding a Canon 7D + 70-200 mm IS + battery grip for 6 hours and trust me the HD-2000 is very light) the heavier the camera setup (body + lens + battery pack) the smoother the motion
- If you have several camera bodies then purchase additional base plates to cut down on adjustments
- Get a battery grip to avoid having to remove camera body from base plate just to swap out battery.
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