Steadicam Professional Video Stabilizers Merlin 2 (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Steadicam offers light, agile, and seamless video shooting
- Very lightweight and incredibly stable
- Counterbalancing weight can be precisely adjusted to balance cameras from 0.5 to 5 pounds
- Folding caliper hinge allows instant fold-up
- Perfect for shoulder-mounted shooting
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|Item Dimensions||9.4 x 13.4 x 4.9 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1 Kilogram|
|Shipping Weight||6.85 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
For the record, I used this with a Panasonic GH1 with a wide-angle "pie" lens, which I worried might be too small and lightweight for this; since it seems to have been made with larger cameras in mind. But it works just fine with it. A heavier camera may've been easier/quicker to calibrate; but once you work it out, it's fine.
The product is very sturdy, comes in a nice, solid carrying case and the adjustment controls are very smartly placed at the handle.
I despise this thing.
Everyone said "be patient, it takes some practice to balance and work with." I'm relatively everyone who has used it is just as resentful of it as I am and is trying to make everyone else as miserable as they are, because as far as I can tell the only purpose this thing has is to screw with the poor saps who purchase it.
I've lost track of the amount of hours I've spend trying to get this (insert expletive here) thing balanced and working as intended. I've watched the DVD. I've read the notes on the forums and watched more youtube videos than I can count on 6 hands and an abacus, and still been completely unable to get this #%$#*&^$*&%^ing thing to balance and work as advertised. Seriously. There's one guy who had to buy a baseball catcher's chest guard and bolt the merlin to it to get it to balance properly. I'm not kidding. He's on youtube. Look him up. A CATCHER'S CHEST GUARD. YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TO USE A CHEST GUARD TO GET THIS THING WORKING THE WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO.
I hate this unit.
I'm sure someone out there has the patience and skill to get this stupid device balanced and functioning as advertised. That person is surely not me, and I'm tired of wasting hours on trying to get this frigging thing to work the way it's supposed to. I'm going to sell mine just so I don't have to look at it on my warehouse shelf taunting me anymore.
If there was a way to make it less complex (I change lenses often, and I have to re-balance it every single time) I would give it 5 stars. Unfortunately I'm not sure that's possible.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well made and complex instrument, comes with excellent and comprehensive instructions. I also purchased the docking bracket which I attached to a tripod and was able to balance my... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Noel
Works great if you never remove it from the stand, but once you do, it sways just enough to ruin your shot. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Baoba Mao
This review is for the "Steadicam Professional Video Stabilizers Merlin 2 (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by SteadiCam"
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Re-Sold this thing as fast as I could on Craigslist... Horrible product. Do not purchase! I actually feel bad for the Craigslist guy who bought it from me...Published 15 months ago by Thomas C. Lutz
Got one of these for work, a coworker literally spent an entire WEEK trying to get ANY camera calibrated. He gave up and said it was garbage. Read morePublished on June 4, 2014 by Raymond Chang
not bad but extremely difficult to operate...it is very small and I like that..it is good once you spend 35 min setting up or morePublished on May 10, 2014 by Fabian Alicastro