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DVC 17837 DSLR Flycam Nano Camera Stabilizer with Free Quick Release (Black)
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- Quick Balancing
- Easy To Assemble
- For Cameras weighing 1.5kg (3.3) to 2kg (4.4lb)
- Newly designed Flycam Stabilizer for DSLR Cameras
- Aluminum construction with black powder coating
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The DSLR Flycam Nano is a lightweight stabilizing system carefully created for DSLR cameras weighing 1.5kg (3.3) to 2kg (4.4lb). This compact hand held system takes away the need for tripods or dolly's, giving videographers the ability to create smooth videos while the camera is in motion. Features a camera platform with both x and y adjustments, and multiple mount holes for various camera positions. The weight plate contains sixteen weight discs to balance your camera on the stabilizer. These can be added/removed based on need. The weights are fastened on the weight plate with 1/4" screw. The Flycam Nano has a Telescopic Sled for Perfect Balancing. Specifications: The Stabilizer is made of aluminum with black power coating Camera Platform knobs made of strong and durable plastic Soft hand-grip foam Weights made of MS & powder coating Each weight disc diameter : 65mm Each weight thickness : 4.5mm The weight fastening screw : 1/4" Stabilizer weight : 1.60 Kg (3.5lb) Weight of one weight disc : 95grm (4oz) Length of Stabilizer : 14.5" Complete Length with telescopic : 22.5" Top plate dimensions : 7" (L) x 4"(L) Diameter of sled : 23mm Color of stabilizer : Black Gimbal bearings made of Stainless Steel Compatible with the following cameras: Canon : 5d Mark II, EOS7D,1000D,40D,50D,450D,60D,1100D,30D,20D,350D,450D,Rebel XSI,XT,T2I,500D,550D,etc.
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I have used the Glidecam and I bought the flycam nano from Amazon. After doing TONS of research and watching many sample videos I decided to try going with the flycam nano because it was 1/3 the price of the Glidecam I was looking into buying. I almost returned it a week later because another one of my film buddies slammed the flycam pretty hard (he didn't know I had just bought it. The irony was that he was trying to sell his Glidecam and even said that he needed to "pawn it off on somebody". Hmmmm. Well I decided to give it another week and I'm VERY glad that I didn't return it! I originally bought it with the intent to learn how to use a steadicam better with the flycam and then upgrade to the glidecam a year or so later. Well, I don't think I'll be upgrading, because you don't have to with this steadicam. When I shoot with it I use my Canon T2i with 18-55mm f3.5-5.6. It's a cheap setup, but it's much lighter than running it with a Canon 5D and a heavier lens. I find that with this setup (without my rode video mic that makes it a little less stable) I can use the flycam nano an hour or more at a time, which is what I need to be able to do for some of the outdoor events I shoot.
Everywhere I shoot at that has other experienced videographers, they are skeptical of my flycam nano and even insult it. After I have all the footage edited though they are very impressed! Here's the bottom line: to use a steadicam well you should expect to spend about 40 hours practicing/using it. If you're not willing to spend the time, it won't matter which steadicam you buy! So spend some time with it and perfect your craft, and you'll find that this flycam nano can perform just as well as it's more stylish rival the Glidecam. That's a big claim, but watch some videos with the flycam from an experienced steadicam user and you'll be impressed.
2. Easy to use and adjust.
3. Looks nice and professional.
1. Has a MUCHER cheaper feel in your hands than the Glidecam (doesn't seem as sturdy, so just go easy on it and treat it well and it'll treat you well in return).
2. Doesn't hold position as well as the Glidecam does (you'll find that the flycam nano tries to drift on you a bit more left and right, especially when walking quickly or running).
3. The "quick mount head" that it comes with. The first real video I did with it I shot in Bryce Canyon, UT. I was incredibly disappointed when looking at the footage afterwards because the head jiggled a bit, rending all of the footage useless (even though I still posted a video on my youtube channel even though it looks terrible...). I bought a Manfrotto 323 RC2 rapid connect adapter with quick release plate and now my footage looks amazing, the mount is sturdy on there, and I can release the plate quicker.
4. Glidecam lovers who need to justify purchasing a product 3x more expensive by insulting your flycam even though they've never used one.
A FEW QUICK POINTS FOR BETTER USAGE:
1. Always make sure that the top plate is securely fastened to the body shaft tightly. Nothing will ruin your footage faster than having your footage jiggle every time you take a step.
2. There are different ways you can use our flycam depending on what you are doing, but start by learning how to use it with the footer plate (with the weights on it) parallel to the direction your camera is pointing if you are moving forward or backward with your steadicam and then having it perpendicular to your camera when strafing side to side. This should minimize the right to left "drift" that can sometimes happen.
3. Anyone can balance one of these, so that means you can too. Just be patient at first and make very minor adjustments. I loosen all of the screws up on the plate on which direction I want it to move and then I tap it in the correction direction and then just tighten one screw, hold up the steadicam and see how it's balancing, and then place it back down, loosen that screw, make the proper adjustment, and then tighten that screw again to hold it up and see where I'm at again. I repeat this until it's balanced and find that it makes the process go much quicker!
4. Be sure to have a wider angle lens and shoot with your aperture stopped down a bit (higher f-stop in terms of numbers). This will help you keep much more of your image in focus (because you'll have a wider depth of field) and show much more of the image in general.
If you would like to see this equipment in action to better make a decision, you can find my youtube channel by searching jbhphotovideo in the youtube search box and going to that channel.
I hope that helps!
This is the video that helped me the most about "Adjust this if this happens", etc.
[...] youtube. com/watch?v= fBZgCqQ7SYo
(Search Youtube for "Flycam Balancing" for a video from "rickvanman")
Ok, would I buy the FCNano again? In Short, no.
Why? It's not because it doesn't work or because of the balancing issues seen by others. It's because of the weight. I used it for about half of a day and I started getting sharp, shooting wrist/forearm pain. It was gone the next day, but it was something that I was really concerned about for the long-term of using it and my health. I dont suffer from Carpal-Tunnel, but I wasn't going to risk it.
I'm 6'3", 250lbs. I'm not exactly a light-weight so holding up a 6lb rig is no issue, I just need to go to something lighter if I'm not going to get a support vest/sling... (BTW, FCNano offers an arm-bar for around $100, but I'm not going to strap that on for a wedding shoot. I already look goofy enough, plus that's a lot to add to the cost)
What am I replacing it with?
I did a lot more research and found that an arc-type stabilizer might be a better fit. I found one on Amazon that was about the same price:
Opteka SteadyVid PRO
I ordered it based on videos and reviews. It looked a heck of a lot easier to adjust on the fly (no lugging discs ala the FCNano). The Opteka has fine-adjustments that work quickly. I was able to balance it almost 90% within 15 minutes (MINUTES!!!!) without any video tutorials! I'm sure knowing the basics of how stabilizers work helped, so if you are a beginner, dont expect that every time.
But the #1 reason I'm going to keep the Opteka is that its 33% (2 lbs) lighter rigged up than the FVNano. That's a HUGE amount from 6 to 4 lbs. HUGE. I'm excited to see how it works all-day with my arms.
So, dont let this review deter you from the FCNano. Its still a great product that does the job. Just be prepared that it weighs a bit more than some alternatives. Yes, it takes a while to balance, but ALL of them do. Its like learning how to ride a bike for the first time. Not everyone can do it instantly and some give up (and write nasty 1-star reviews of said bike), but once you learn how, its easier the next time.