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- The lightweight and state-of-the-art Glidecam HD-1000, HD-2000 and HD-4000 hand-held Camera Stabilizers will transform your hard to watch
- The Glidecam HD-4000 is designed to handle cameras in the 4 to 10 pound range.
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|Item Dimensions||23 x 9 x 4 inches|
|Item Display Weight||45 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||8.4 pounds|
The Glidecam HD-4000 is designed for compact and full-size cameras weighing from 4 to 10 lbs (1.8-4.5 kilogram). A camera mounting platform with quick release plate allows you to quickly attach or remove your camera. Ergonomic control knobs allow precise adjustments back-and-forth, and side-to-side to reach the perfect horizontal balance. By adding more or less counter weight plates to the base platform and by changing the length of the central post, you can adjust the camera's vertical balance.
The Glidecam HD-4000 offers unparalleled control and ease of use with its rigid, yet dynamically adjustable, weight distribution platforms. Setting up, controlling and adjusting the system's balance is now quick and precise. The unique, proprietary dynamic base platform can expand and contract to adjust the system's dynamic balance and to increase/decrease the system's rotational pan inertia. Each unit is made in the USA.
Designed for compact and full size cameras weighing from 4 to 10 pounds.
- X,Y Head Dimensions: 8.75" x 5" x 1”
- Base Platform Dimensions: shortest—13.75” x 4.75” Longest—18.25” x 4.75”
- Central Support Post: 1" diameter
- 20" tall in shortest mode
- 28" tall in longest mode
- Weight: 3.3 pounds without Counter Weight Plates.
- Each Custom Counter Weight Plate averages .272 pounds.
- The Glidecam HD-4000 includes 12 custom Counter Weight Plates.
- 12 Counter Weight Plates = 3.264 pounds
- Camera Mounting Plate has 1/4" & 3/8” mounting holes
- Base Platform has 1/4" mounting hole for optional LCD Monitor attachment.
- Made in USA.
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That being said, the Glidecam HD-4000 is much too heavy for me. The BMCC camera comes in at six pounds, combined with a Sigma 10-20mm lens and a very simple, light cage. The Glidecam, with the camera, comes out to eleven pounds. That may not sound like a lot, but when you're merely practicing carrying it for long periods of time, your wrist, arm and back can get worn VERY quickly.
Before I purchased the Glidecam HD-4000, I was torn between it and one of the Came systems that includes a vest and dual arm for less than $1000. The problem I encountered was I figured the vest and arm would be too much for the small, quick projects I tend to work on. I wouldn't be able to get in and out of it quick enough.
The Glidecam HD-4000 seemed to be the better option because I could easily put it down and swap out the camera for use on a tripod, slider or monopod in a moment's notice. Also it's $200 cheaper than the Came bundle I was looking at...
However, upon receiving the Glidecam and testing it out with the Blackmagic, I very quickly realized that the system is much too heavy to be operated without a vest. I understand that many have recommended purchasing the wrist support to alleviate stress in the forearm and redistribute the weight to the bicep, but for $100 more, that's putting me close to the cost of the Came bundle.
Now, the Came bundle I've been mentioning (if you are unfamiliar with it) comes with a vest, dual arm, and a stabilizer with a distribution block featuring HDMI, SDI and DC power plugs that run down the shaft of the stabilizer and out the bottom, allowing you to mount a monitor and/or external battery pack to the sled. Considering the Blackmagic Cinema camera's 'not so great screen' and a battery life that basically sucks, this is EXTREMELY optimal. None of those options are featured for the Glidecam HD-4000.
So in short, the dilemma was between a lesser expensive product that was seemingly much simpler in its usage, or a more expensive bundle that would be lighter to cary and featuring more ideal components based on what I shoot with... After feeling the weight of the Glidecam HD-4000, I decided to return it for the Came bundle. For less than $1000, it definitely seems worth it.
The first thing you need to know about the Glidecam HD-4000 is that it is the biggest Glidecam industries makes before you start getting into their several thousand dollar V-series etc. The HD series also offers more refinements than the Pro Series as far as balancing and build quality. This makes a HUGE difference and I really do recommend purchasing the HD model instead of the Pro. You will save yourself a massive headache balancing your Glidecam.
The HD-4000 is rated to hold cameras up to 10 pounds and itself weighs 3.3 pounds before counterweights. Once you have your camera, Glidecam, and Counterweights things get heavy quickly. If you tire easily I would highly recommend considering the Glidecam HD-2000 Glidecam HD-2000 Hand-Held Stabilizer. You will get an arm workout every time you use the HD-4000. If you're really sold on the HD-4000 then I recommend purchasing the Glidecam Forearm Brace Glidecam Forearm Support Brace Accessory for the Glidecam 2000 Pro, HD-1000, HD-2000 or Glidecam 4000 Pro, HD-4000 hand-held Stabilizers, it will take a lot of the weight off your wrist and transfer it to your bicep so you can shoot longer. You also have the option of purchasing the Glidecam Smooth Shooter VestGlidecam Smooth Shooter Support Arm and Vest for use with Glidecam 2000 Pro, Glidecam 4000 Pro, Glidecam HD-2000 or Glidecam HD-4000. I wouldn't recommend purchasing the vest if you are shooting many events such as weddings, where you have to change your gear constantly. The vest itself takes time to get in and out of and you'll need help to put on the straps. If you're shooting a long event with a Glidecam though, such as a music video, I highly recommend the vest as it kept me shooting for 6 hours straight in 105 degree heat (hello Texas) without tiring out my arm.
All this weight does have its benefits though. When shooting outdoors while it is windy it is often hard to keep smaller stabilizers such as the HD-2000 and Steadicam Merlin stable, while the HD-4000 stays rock solid. I've shot in high winds and had no problem.
If you're shooting with a DSLR on your Glidecam I recommend buying a battery grip for your camera to add to the weight. The HD-4000 is made for heavier cameras than most DSLRs are on their own, so it is best to actually increase the weight. It really does make it smoother. If that sounds like too much, please see the above about the Forearm Brace.
To address another review where the reviewer said that the handle hits the plate at the top of the camera, I will say that this is possible if you are holding the glidecam very low to the ground and at an awkward angle. If the handle was further away from the plate the Glidecam would be off balance - it has to be there for the counterbalancing to work properly. Also if you are planning on holding the Glidecam that low you should be holding it differently, crouching, or using the Low Mode FX option Glidecam Low Mode FX Package for the Glidecam 2000 Pro, HD-2000 or Glidecam 4000 Pro, HD-4000 Hand-held Stabilizers.
Now, about the Glidecam HD-4000 vs the Steadicam Merlin. If you look at images of the Glidecam vs. any other stabilizer Steadicam makes besides the Merlin, you will notice that Steadicam's bigger, more expensive models actually resemble a Glidecam. So if you consider it like that, you're getting a more expensive steadicam model for much cheaper. The Merlin actually relies on a crescent counterbalance system as well that works well for one handed operation, while the Glidecam requires two hands. Unlike the Glidecam HD-4000, the Merlin is not very good if there is wind present while you are filming. The merlin is also unable to pan up and down as easily because you are controlling it with one finger. The Glidecam on the other hand lets you pan and tilt very easily. The Steadicam Merlin must be laid down awkwardly on its side or on a special display stand, while the Glidecam can stand upright when you need to put it down. I always felt like I was going to hurt my camera unless I put down my merlin very carefully or dismantled it every time I wanted to set it down. Lastly, the merlin is also around 1/3 of the weight of the Glidecam HD-4000. Note that the Steadicam Merlin can't hold as much weight though.
To wrap up this review, here is the pros and cons summarized of the Glidecam HD-4000 vs the Steadicam Merlin.
-Extremely well made, 95% metal.
-Ability to pan and tilt, get beautiful shots that you couldn't otherwise
-Stays smooth in strong wind
-One Handed Operation
-1/3 weight of the Glidecam. Can't hold as much weight though.
-Less Control than Glidecam
-Can't put down easily
-Loss of control in wind
-Some parts plastic/feels more fragile than Glidecam
I hope this review helps you! Please leave me a comment if you have any questions.
I use it mostly with a D7000 and 11-20mm
It will also be a workout for your arm. It still is for me. -_-
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