Qty:1
Steadicam Professional Vi... has been added to your Cart

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Steadicam Professional Video Stabilizers Merlin 2 (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

2.8 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
| 7 answered questions

List Price: $599.00
Price: $399.00 & FREE Shipping. Details
You Save: $200.00 (33%)
Item is eligible for 6 Month Special Financing with the Amazon.com Store Card. Apply now
Only 16 left in stock.
Sold by Kellards and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
  • Steadicam offers light, agile, and seamless video shooting
  • Very lightweight and incredibly stable
  • Counterbalancing weight can be precisely adjusted to balance cameras from 0.5 to 5 pounds
  • Folding caliper hinge allows instant fold-up
  • Perfect for shoulder-mounted shooting
4 new from $360.00 11 used from $250.00
$399.00 & FREE Shipping. Details Only 16 left in stock. Sold by Kellards and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Steadicam Professional Video Stabilizers Merlin 2 (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
  • +
  • NEEWER® 160 LED CN-160 Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel Digital Camera / Camcorder Video Light, LED Light for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Panasonic,SONY, Samsung and Olympus Digital SLR Cameras
Total price: $428.99
Buy the selected items together

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Technical Details


Product Description

The Steadicam Merlin offers light, agile, and seamless shooting for today's videographer. Ultra-light and ultra-compact, the Merlin allows you to keep up with the action more easily than ever. Designed by Garrett Brown, the inventor of the original Steadicam JR, the Merlin is the next generation hand held Steadicam system. This stabilization system is about half the weight and four times as stable as the JR. Yet, it can move almost as smoothly as the big $60,000 rigs used in Hollywood. The Merlin lets you "fly" wherever the scene takes you - up and down steps, indoors and outside, through crowds - almost anywhere, with precise, elegant control and ease. Its quick release mount lets you instantly swap camera connections between your Merlin and any tripod. Merlin's design significantly reduces fatigue. It's so lightweight; it weighs less than a can of soda. With a compact DV, balanced and ready to go, the Merlin weighs about two pounds. Its rigid construction permits longer focal lengths than ever imaginable with a hand-held stabilizer. Merlin's unique dual extended weight system greatly increases inertial stability. And its counterbalancing weight can be precisely adjusted to balance cameras from 0.5 to five pounds. The new patent-pending "Folding-Caliper" hinge allows instant fold-up, perfect for shoulder-mounted shooting, and just as quickly, returns precisely for hand-held camera work. Whether you're an independent camera professional or running the corporate AV department; a wedding and event videographer or real estate agent; enthusiast or film student, the Steadicam Merlin is right for you. What's in the Box: Steadicam Merlin, base unit, removable dovetail plate, one start weight, six middle weights, two end weights, camera mounting screw, locating pin, and accessory mounting tripod plate.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 13.4 x 9.4 inches ; 8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B007A0EFUE
  • Item model number: MERLIN2
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 12, 2012

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Verified Purchase
This is my first steadicam mount. It takes some learning (the book and DVD were excellent in that regard), but once you master it, it's surprising how well it works. And once you work out the calibration (which admittedly was a long, frustrating process as a first timer), it's set forever, so you don't have to keep re-balancing it all (unless you swap cameras or lenses, in which case you have to re-calibrate from scratch).
For the record, I used this with a Panasonic GH1 with a wide-angle "pie" lens, which I worried might be too small and lightweight for this; since it seems to have been made with larger cameras in mind. But it works just fine with it. A heavier camera may've been easier/quicker to calibrate; but once you work it out, it's fine.
The product is very sturdy, comes in a nice, solid carrying case and the adjustment controls are very smartly placed at the handle.
Comment 7 of 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
If you are willing to carefully read the manual and view the DVD, patiently follow the instructions for all your different cameras/lens/accessory combinations, and then practice to develop the proper technique, you will be amply rewarded with an amazing stabilization system. Brilliant design. Easy to fine-tune for different scenarios once you have done the work described above.
Comment 13 of 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
I had no idea why it is more expensive than other stabilizer of this size and weight. But after trying it with my Sony NEX5N and Canon 5DMk2, I do not regret any penny I spent on this. It works perfectly. I seriously recommend reading the manual and watching the video tutorials that come with the unit, they really help setting up the stabilizer. It requires a lot of patience and fine tuning. Every piece of it is well built and the whole thing feels sturdy and unbelievably light weight. The gimbal is very smooth, precise, and fragile (by saying fragile I am just saying it is very delicate and it is most of the time exposed, but it does hold a lot of weight), so I would take extra care of it when using and storing the unit.
Comment 3 of 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
The best thing about the merlin 2 is its size and weight. It's not huge so great for field work/documentaries not requiring elaborate setup. Doesn't balance if you put on a microphone. I'm using Canon 5D MKIII with 24-70 lens. There's not cookbook for this online - took forever to find the right balance - it's an art that takes time to learn. If it wasn't for the size and portability, I'd sooner go with a glidecam for the price.
Comment 4 of 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
This is a pretty complex product, but once you get it perfectly balanced, it's pretty fun.

If there was a way to make it less complex (I change lenses often, and I have to re-balance it every single time) I would give it 5 stars. Unfortunately I'm not sure that's possible.
Comment 2 of 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
I rarely write negative reviews, but the Merlin 2 was not suitable for my Sony Handycam HDR-CX130 which was 10.5 oz (299 grams). Setup was a bit of a learning curve but I was able to balance the camera but it had extreme stability issues in my option. I have seen the term "flightiness" used to describe what I experienced and it basically comes down to the fact that my camera was too light even though the Merlin 2 specs range from .5lbs. It was never stable enough to use effectively. I have read that you can buy weights for the camera to help offset this effect, but I would expect this to be included for the price I paid. Inertia won this round!
Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
I have found the Merlin Steadicam to be a very import and addition to my video enjoyment., and i recommend this tool to all people who like to make videos with that professional touch.
It take a bit of time to set it up correctly but when you get it right you will have so much more fun making your movies.
Comment 3 of 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
Canon t2i, Sigma 18-55 2.8 (or canon 40mm 1.8, or rokinon 16mm 2.1 depending on the day.)

I despise this thing.

Everyone said "be patient, it takes some practice to balance and work with." I'm relatively everyone who has used it is just as resentful of it as I am and is trying to make everyone else as miserable as they are, because as far as I can tell the only purpose this thing has is to screw with the poor saps who purchase it.

I've lost track of the amount of hours I've spend trying to get this (insert expletive here) thing balanced and working as intended. I've watched the DVD. I've read the notes on the forums and watched more youtube videos than I can count on 6 hands and an abacus, and still been completely unable to get this #%$#*&^$*&%^ing thing to balance and work as advertised. Seriously. There's one guy who had to buy a baseball catcher's chest guard and bolt the merlin to it to get it to balance properly. I'm not kidding. He's on youtube. Look him up. A CATCHER'S CHEST GUARD. YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TO USE A CHEST GUARD TO GET THIS THING WORKING THE WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO.

I hate this unit.

I'm sure someone out there has the patience and skill to get this stupid device balanced and functioning as advertised. That person is surely not me, and I'm tired of wasting hours on trying to get this frigging thing to work the way it's supposed to. I'm going to sell mine just so I don't have to look at it on my warehouse shelf taunting me anymore.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Want to discover more products? Check out these pages to see more: steadicam merlin 2, steadycam merlin