Manfrotto 585 ModoSteady 3-in-1 Camera/Camcorder Stabilizer and Support System
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- Can be utilized three different ways
- Use as a shoulder support
- Unique stabilizing system
- Can be used as a table top tripod
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|Item Dimensions||8 x 16 x 4.5 inches|
|Item Weight||4 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||7.4 pounds|
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In the "steadicam mode", you DEFINITELY will NOT get a smooth gliding feel. Unless you're moving like a slug, the ball/handle will hit against the corner and cause undesired jittering. (see the beginning of my video). Yes, your mileage will also vary depending on who's operating, the size of the camera, and how well the optical stabilizer itself is on the camera. HOWEVER, I also own the Hague Mini-Motion Cam (the price is actually the same; however, the shipping charges can add to the total, if you buy directly from them, since Hague is based in England), and I shot videos using both stabilizers with the same camera/condition. The result with the ModoSteady is quite disappointing.
With the Hague MMC, you will actually get a really smooth gliding result with it! Although Hague has limitations of its own, not as compact/portable, and looks more like it was made in a garage, the results are far more impressive. Watch the video for comparison. You will see the difference. I also used a stabilization plugin filter of the jittery ModoSteady footage, to actually make it look smooth (how ironic), but the Hague can actually produce that smoothness without relying on post digital editing.
Like any other product, the more features or extras that a product has/throws in, the less impressive it usually is compared to a primary focused one; that should usually be a given.Read more ›
I have tried the Merlin Steadicam but returned it after a week of frustration using it for my Sony A1U. Too complicated for a hobbiest like me. It only balanced correctly once (hours of trying and watching the video) and never again, even after writing down all the settings.
Some here said the gimbal was too loose, the screw should be loosened not tightened when in use. I feel the gimbal was as good or better than the Merlin's. As for the price, have you ever purchased video camera accessories? Some look like they were made in the back of someone's garage and charge as they were made and developed in a ISO-9000 manufacturing plant. Not with the Modosteady, they really went all out to develop a great little stabilizer for the consumer venue. Yes, it's not a glidecam or a Merlin that will handle more weight capacity, it's just a great little stabilizer for a small modern camera. This is something you can take anywhere without lugging around an extra suitcase of equipment.
This is the first time reviewing something I purchased on Amazon, but had to on this one since I wasn't expecting this surprise.
The Manfrotto specifically is a handheld gimbal - based stabilizer. It works because you carefully balance the swing arm underneath with whatever camcorder you put on top, so that no matter how you move your hand the camera stays forward and up. Small wrist shakes and other movements are absorbed by the carefully balanced gimbal, keeping your camera steady.
This is not an easy thing to do. It will take about 1/2 hour of configuration your first time to get the counterweights and positions right. Furthermore, shooting with a handheld steadycam is a somewhat different experience, considering you no longer have direct up / down control and left / right drifts with the gimbal. It takes quite a bit of practice to be comfortable shoot with a steadycam, and this one is no exception.
However, the Manfrotto does get high marks for convienience and accessability. Setup is genuinely easy to do (though a level indicator would have been nice), and can happen within about 60 seconds if you know what you're doing. The unit folds up to be about the size of a small camcorder. The plastic, while still plastic, doesn't feel cheap. And the tripod functionality has actually been occasionally useful. The weighting is not heavy enough for cameras above 5 lbs or so, but that is beyond pretty much all consumer-grade cameras.
If you've found that watching your home movies makes you nauseous, and you're interested in spending the time to learn to handle it, the ModoSteady is a good choice. It works pretty well, and you really can't beat the price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It sits in a closet now. Not all that great. I definitely paid too much for it.Published 16 months ago by The Ploom Room
Not as stable as you would think it's supposed to be. It sways all over the place when I'm walking. Tried many different adjustments with the weights and angles. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ron
First off, this is meant for lightweight cameras. I use it for a Panasonic TM900 and it works fine with that although I suspect anything much heavier could be a problem. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by E. J.
The fact is that I could not get this device to work as a steadycam. But frankly I never expected it to be a good stabilizer. Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by Dimitri Kikacheishvili
Exactly as described. Love it! Will do business with them again. ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Published on December 14, 2012 by zbruggie
loose nails at the bottom. The thing came off like 10 minutes after i tried using it.
Better for small cameras to stabilize not for dslr s.
I am so disappointed when i received the product. It looks not the same as description and the picture on amazone.
The material is extremely cheap, like a chinese toy! Read more
This stabilizer is pretty good deal for the bucks. Still a bit shaky but nothing like when you hand old the camera. For beginners like myself this is an Awesome tool to have. Read morePublished on September 7, 2010 by L. S. Kelsey