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Lensse MidX Camera Stabilizer Steady Cam Camcorder

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  • Complete Aluminum CNC Construction, Electrostatic Painting; Dimensions 27 cm* 4.5 cm* 31cm
  • Universal Camera Mouth Screw ( Compatible with all camcoders and DSLR )
  • Support cameras/camcorders up to 2 lbs in weight
  • Super Strong Joint Ball
  • Confort Pistol Type Handle with Bottom 1/4 Socket
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 11 x 2 inches ; 1.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • ASIN: B004L4RHFC
  • Item model number: MidX
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 28, 2011

Product Description

Great hand held stabilizer designed for lightweight camcorders. Superior components, cutting-edge material science and the most modern manufacturing techniques make the Lensse MidX the right choice for people who want to make their own professional looking movies.

Products Features:
Gimbal Upgraded NOW Available With Ultra Smooth Brass Gimbal
Complete Aluminum CNC Construction, Electrostatic Painting
Universal Camera Mount Screw ( Compatible with all camcorders and DSLR )
Very Easy to Install and Use
Support Up to 2 lbs Camcoders and cameras
Super Smooth Brass Gimbal
Confort Pistol Type Handle with Bottom 1/4" Socket)
Dimensions 27 cm* 4.5 cm* 31cm
Light Weight. It Won't Make Your Arm Tired: (600 gr including balance weights)

Package Includes:
Lensse Midi X Camera Stabilizer for Camcoders 0,2-0,9kg
Balance Weights
English Instruction Manual

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The material is surprisingly good with only a few plastic pieces.
Bruce Clark
The weights provided didn't counterweight the rig enough so it flew all over and didn't work.
Phatmatt2194
It's been very difficult to get it just right and perfectly balanced.
C. Maziarz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

167 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Schmanke on February 26, 2012
Length: 3:27 Mins
-----OLD (March 2012) ---------------
Bottom line: you get what you pay for.
It's 8 times cheaper than a Steadicam Merlin, but does it perform 1/8th of the shot quality?
Also, you can DIY/make your own for about $15, and it just might perform the same if not better.
Watch my video review to see a comprehensive review: assembly, balancing, pros and cons, and test footage/side-by-side.

-----------UPDATED PRODUCT, UPDATED REVIEW & VIDEO (March 2013)------------------
This the updated model of the MidX Stabilizer. The major upgrades include:

- increased range in gimbal
- smoother / more fluid gimbal
(note: I learned that a drop of WD40 will help motion)
- included 2 new washers, 1 fiber washer & 1 metal washer

Overall, I give the MidX an A-. The improvements they made on this new model are great advancements and should produce great results with the right camera gear on-top matched with practice and skill.

Maximum payload of the MidX is 2lbs, and with my small D5000 and light kit lens, I was at 1.8lbs. (Pushing it.) For my production needs, I need to use my full frame camera, 850 grams, plus my wide angle lens adds 470g, totaling 1320g (2.91lbs). Too much weight for this system, but I look forward to testing out Lensse's DSLRpro stabilizer which supports up to 5.5lbs.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Phatmatt2194 on January 10, 2012
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This thing is awesome, and before you look at any low star reviews about this consider the following:

No matter how much money you dish out on steadicams, they wont work perfectly unless you tinker around and make it to your camera specs. Don't expect to buy this, throw your camera on and be steady! It doesn't work like that.

Now this product is rated for up to 2 pounds, I have a 2.6 lbs setup of a canon T2i with a Zoom H4n mounted on top. The weights provided didn't counterweight the rig enough so it flew all over and didn't work. But since my setups so heavy, i just added another pound and a half or so to the counterweights and voila, works like a charm. I'm pretty sure you need to have equal weight distribution on the camera and the counterweights.

Best one to get for this price, the gimbal is surprisingly smooth, and the whole thing feels very durable and sturdy. The hand grip is also very well designed and comfortable to hold.

Tips for use:

- When camera leans forward during use, move your camera back on the mount; and vice versa.
- If it tilts to one side or the other, move the arm which holds the counterweights towards the opposite side of where it leans towards.
- When trying to figure the counterweights, put your entire camera setup on the steadicam. Put the steadicam through a coat hanger so that it hangs on the coat hanger, and add/remove counterweights until you have perfect balance. Just be careful that it doesn't slide off!
- You can find thick washers at hardware stores, or i first used ankle weights for working as extra counterweights.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 29, 2012
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I ordered this thinking it would be a cheap alternative so that I could get away with having to buy a glidecam or whatever else for $300+. I used it for a few days and it's actually fairly easy to get a somewhat desired result. Side sway is a problem but if you know how to move with it it works.

The huge problem came when I mounted the screw on the bottom to a tripod mount. I had my Olympus epl1 on the steady cam. I figured to get a little bit more stability and height I could put the steadicam on my tripod via the tripod mounting system. I picked the tripod up and moved around my little room when all of a sudden the Lennse system fell off of the tripod. I thought that maybe I didn't lock the mount down successfully but when I looked the bottom piece that hold the screw mount on the Lensse system fell apart. The bottom is just a barely glued on cap piece. So the weight of the camera (olympus epl1 and kit lens...a light camera) made the cap separate from the handle.

That should not happen! I assumed that the handle was all one piece. So if you are going to put this system on a tripod or any screw in system my guess is that it will fail. There was barely any glue holding that cap on the bottom. I should have taken pictures but I've already packed it up to be returned.

I'm so very lucky that I didn't try to test this out with my 5dii or my 60d or I'd have a broken camera/lens. The bow on the Lensse system hit the hardwood floor first and I don't think the camera came in contact with the floor. However, if I had a heavier camera on the stabilizer it would have definitely messed something up. It fell from about shoulder height as I leaned the tripod forward and up to get a different perspective.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. de Vlas on May 20, 2011
We use this excellent piece of indie equipment with compact camcorders and DSLR's. An added Manfrotto quick release plate (323) makes it easy to move the camera from MidX to tripod, or to other rigging equipment. As soon as you understand how to balance your camera, using the sliding camera mount and the swivel-able counterweight, it's as easy as having the runner get you a double latte. ;o)

The MidX is well designed and made with durable, yet light materials. The black finish is quite strong and everything feels roadworthy. An excellent tool to create smooth moving shots, even while running, for those who can use their body as an advanced extension of their own eyes and the camera. The results can be really stunning, thanks to the relatively small investment it takes to get this great tool.

The Lensse MidX is a recommended piece of equipment for the independent filmmaker on a budget.

By the way, our only wish is a bag or case to transport the MidX in, to and from locations. Any suggestion would be welcome.
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