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Overall meh feeling about it. I'm lucky. . . read more
on February 29, 2012
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.
If you are just going to handhold this system exclusively then maybe it will work for you. Lennse should redesign handle so it is one piece instead of a hallow handle with a cap on the end. They should know that the screw adapter is going to bear all the weight if you are wanting to lean it forward/backwards and with the design it WILL fail.