Not long ago, Tiffen upgraded its famous Merlin steadicam with an $800 bar…. By way of contrast, Kamerar costs barely $80 and doesn’t seem at all inferior….. Here’s how to use it with a Canon 5D Mark II
Created by Garrett Brown, the inventor of the Steadicam, the Merlin has established itself as the standard stabilisation system for reflex and small movie cameras. Here’s the latest on the verson 2.
As far as I’m concerned, I preferred the Blackbird Stabilizer : half the price, a lot easier to balance than the Merlin 1 and just as effective.
In the cinema, it’s not unusual for a Steadicam operator to use a Segway to capture smooth movement. The problem is they’re very dear (7500 €) and they don’t fit in the boot of a car. Solowheel is a possible solution to consider because it costs less (1700 €) and is a less bulky way of gaining handy electric autonomy. To look at, the balance seems precarious but in fact it’s a lot easier than a unicycle, but the very low centre of gravity makes it feel like riding a bike.
C’est un nouveau steadicam qui va peut-être faire vieillir le Merlin , il est aussi nettement moins cher.