Glidecam 2000 Pro Hand-Held Stabilizer
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- Lightweight, hand-held, camcorder stabilizing system
- Delivers beautifully smooth and professional results
- Offset handle grip is attached to a free floating, precision Gimbal
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BUT, I recently purchased a Canon T3i and I could not be more pleased with the Glidecam 2000 when using the DSLR to shoot HD video. The weight is much more manageable - in fact I never once got tired while using it with the T3i. The only thing I would say is that the Glidecam 2000 is meant for heavier cameras, so using it in conjuncture with a DSLR can mean that you pretty much have to strip all the weights off in order to get it to balance, and when you do that you lose stability. A workaround to that is: buy a quick release system. It will add weight to the base plate as well as your camera, which should allow you to add more weight to the bottom counterweight system, adding stability.
Plus, unless you want to fight with finding proper balance every time you use the Glidecam, you will want a quick release anyways. Something you can leave attached so that you don't have to fight fine-tuning the balance every time you need to shoot something.
In short, this device has its purpose. I just don't think that even Glidecam are marketing the device to the right people. It can be a great video tool, just don't be afraid to think a little outside Glidecam's suggested uses.
1- Great shots when in motion. Takes out almost all bounciness from walking, moving, ascending stairs, etc.
2- I bought a Manfrotto quick release system (highly recommended), so the whole "this thing only bolts on and takes 10 minutes to unbolt" argument is mute now.
3- Easy to learn and get used to with a few hours of practice.
4- easy to set down. Unlike the Steadicam, I can set this on the ground and it will stand on its own.
Now, the cons:
1- Ridiculously heavy. I'm 6'3", 180lbs, and I consider myself in very good physical condition- but with all the weight the Glidecam is hard to use for shots longer than 20-30 seconds because my hand gets shaky. Granted, I haven't tried the arm brace, but I'm not throwing more money into this contraption.
2- Very, very hard to keep balanced. I'll spend 15-20 minutes balancing all the weights just right the night before a shoot, then after a car ride to the venue everything is out of balance again- and I usually don't have time to spend rebalancing when I arrive. The Glidecam is your best friend when it's balanced, and your worst enemy when it isn't. This is my biggest reason for a 3 star rating- the balance is very difficult to get right in the first place, and it's impossible to keep balanced despite my attempts to tighten the bolts as tightly as possible.
I would like to try a Steadicam for comparison- but if you're thinking of buying this rig, I highly recommend trying someone else's for a few weeks first if at all possible.
I took it out and ran next to my wife running and after about 15 minutes of figuring it out, I got some pretty cool video out of it. At one point I tried just holding the main bar and the video came out VERY SHAKEY. I realized how effective this is.
If you're going to film stuff while running - then get this and take the time to balance it and learn it. Don't get it if you just want to mount your camera and in 2 minutes start filming stuff.