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Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact for Camcorders with 1/4"-20 Tripod Connection

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The Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact is the answer to videographers who need a lightweight support to ease the load on their arm and shoulders, but don't want to carry around a complex, pricy stabilizer system. The belt-mounted support arm shifts camera weight from shoulder to torso, leaving your hands free to direct the movement of the camera. Compatible with any compact camcorder that features a 1/4"-20 tripod socket.

General
Payload Capacity 30 lb (13.6 kg)
Length Open: 23"
Folded: 19"
Head Assembly/Top Stage 3.75 x 2.0" (9.5 x 5.0 cm)
Pan Range 360°
Tilt Range 75° up, 75° down
Weight 1.4 lb (0.65 kg)
Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact for Camcorders with 1/4"-20 Tripod Connection
  • 10-Year Warranty
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    Davis & SanfordSteady Stick Compact
     
    3.8

    (based on 57 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (32)
    • Easy to use (29)
    • Improves performance (28)
    • Well built / quality (16)
    • Interfaces well with camcorder (14)

    Cons

    • Flimsy design (6)
    • Poor interface (4)
    • Poor quality (4)
    • No performance improvement (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (16)
    • Shooting indoors (16)
    • Shooting outdoors (16)
    • Travel (14)
    • Independent films (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Aspiring film maker (20), Film professional (14), Professional artist (9), Business owner (8), Tech savvy (8)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    [$] is just one chiropractor appointment

    While recently running a Z1U for a Travel Channel program I appreciated the light weight of a camcorder when compared to a full-sized ENG or Production camera. In the end though my back, shoulder...Read complete review

    While recently running a Z1U for a Travel Channel program I appreciated the light weight of a camcorder when compared to a full-sized ENG or Production camera. In the end though my back, shoulder and arm suffered from the weeks of run and gun shooting even worse than usual, because of the awkward balance of today's prosumer cameras.

    Shoulder mounts are okay, but since you mount the camcorder forward you still carry the bulk of the weight with your arm, not with your body.

    For the price, I figured Steady Stick would be worth a shot and used it on a documentary project recently. The Z1U (again) was loaded down with wide angle lenses, multiple wireless receivers, matte boxes, sunshades, focus controls, etc. and was surprisingly heavy. The Steady Stick performed wonders. ALL of the weight went to my hips and I could shoot all day without tiring. Steady enough to provide smooth zooms even!

    This will not duplicate the effects of a Steadycam in motion, but with practice and careful steps, it will be a LOT smoother than walking handheld. The panning and tilting, though not fluid, again will beat out your ability to pan or tilt while handheld.

    Great to see an effective product, priced right!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    good for the price

    I used the product for a theater event and I needed to run and gun shots in the aisles. It does help to keep shots steadier, but it's design is flawed.
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    I used the product for a theater event and I needed to run and gun shots in the aisles. It does help to keep shots steadier, but it's design is flawed.

    The head is attached to the stick by a quick-release that has an inherent wobble to it, so to tighten it up I had to tape it with gaffers tape - so long quick release. But again - it was relatively cheap, and if it works for me for a year, I'm good with it.

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    2.0

    Not a Must Have

    By Thom

    from Meridian, ID

    About Me Hobbiest, Parent, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Flimsy Design
    • No Performance Improvement

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies

    Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

    I've I've used it to shoot DSLR video. I have a power pack attached to the camera, so using the Steady Stick for added support for long shoots was nice. However, I found it awkward to use. It takes another pair of hands to hold the stick while you try to fasten the belt around your waist, and the quick disconnect for the head is not very solid. I would not recommend mounting the camera on the Steady Stick before you try to get yourself hooked up. It works fine so long as you are not trying to move around. While walking or moving, it is no more steady than holding the camera by hand. It is not a substitute for a Glide Stick or SteadyCam. But it works okay for what it was designed for.

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    5.0

    An absolute bargain!

    By jaimevallesdesign.com

    from New York City

    About Me Film Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Interface With Camcorder
    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting Indoors
      • Shooting Outdoors
      • Travel

      Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

      Considering most shoulder rigs for video cameras cost hundreds (and even thousands) of dollars, the Steady Stick is one of the greatest bargains I've found in the world of professional video equipment. It's simple to use, adjusts easily to your height (I'm 6'2" and it works great for me) and works as advertised. The Steady Stick keeps my camera from shaking, and takes all the weight off my arm and transfers it to my hips. I can shoot for HOURS and not get tired. Well, my legs get tired from standing. :) Highly recommended.

      For even better performance, you can add a quick release plate to quickly attach the camera.

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      4.0

      Helpful equipment

      By Walt

      from Chesapeake, VA

      About Me Aspiring Film Maker

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Interface With Camcorder

      Cons

      • Flimsy Design

      Best Uses

      • Shooting Indoors
      • Shooting Outdoors
      • Travel

      Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

      I have not owned this long enough to give it a thorough review, however so far so good. I have a Sony Z7U video camera mounted on it. It supports its well. It stabilizes the camera better than a monopod. It works well on walking shots.

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      1.0

      Not as good as it looks

      By Red

      from NYC

      About Me Aspiring Film Maker

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Interface

        Best Uses

          Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

          I bought this and pretty much wasted my money. the pan head is hard to control with the tilt of the stick. More of a headache than anything else

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          2.0

          Just bleh

          By aBADsamaritan

          from TEXAS!

          About Me Film Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Quality Construction

          Cons

          • No Performance Improvement

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies

          Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

          Not very functional

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great support handheld for many hours

          By tvaphoto

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Aspiring Film Maker

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Outdoors
            • Travel

            Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

            Steady Stick is good support for many different camcorders and cameras.
            It's solid, compact, light weight to carry. But it would be better if it's include a rubber pad on the plate to mount camcorder to keep it perfect steady.

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            5.0

            Great!

            By Stuntman JB

            from Tennessee

            About Me Film Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Interface With Camcorder
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors

              Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

              I was pleasantly surprised when I first tried out the Steady Stick. I had read good reviews about it and that's the biggest reason I decided to buy it. I was amazed at how well it works for a variety of shots. I highly recommend this product if you find yourself filming for extended periods of time or just need a little help stabilizing your camera!

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              4.0

              Davis and Sanford Steady Stick

              By William Eagan Videography

              from Longmeadow, MA

              About Me Aspiring Film Maker

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Interface With Camcorder
              • Lightweight
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

                  Overall the build quality is very good, this product is best used for additioanl hand-held support, rather than being used as a "Steadicam". I read one review that complained the Steady Stick didn't balance the Sony HXR-NX5U well - I found the opposite to be true.

                  I was hoping to be able to shoot stable hand-held video and I believe that with more practice I'll be able to achieve serviceable results.

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                  5.0

                  shoulder saver

                  By blading916

                  from sacramento,ca

                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Interface With Camcorder
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Shooting Indoors
                    • Shooting Outdoors
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

                    I use this with my canon xhg1 and it has saved my shoulder.
                    Very solid and universal

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                    2.0

                    Clumsy solution to a simple problem

                    By Alexian

                    from South Africa

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Quality Construction

                    Cons

                    • Design Needs Revision
                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Moving Events Eg Dancing

                    Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

                    Perhaps time and usage will change my mind but right now this is a clumsy solution to a simple problem. True, it does keep the weight off your arms and shoulders. Taking the weight on the belt holster is uncomfortable at first but you get used to it. Construction on the whole is good quality but the design needs revision - very fiddly and be careful not to drop your camera while setting up. I haven't figured the tripod connection yet. To get the system to work I,ve fitted a quick release adapter to match my tripod head. Adds weight but... Can't help thinking I should have made my own holster, fitted a Manfrotto 234 swivel monopod head and worried about the handle/shoulder brace later.

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                    5.0

                    Equipment for Camera

                    By don

                    from nb canada

                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Technically Challenged

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight
                    • Quality Construction

                    Cons

                    • No Carry Bag

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Shooting Indoors

                    Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

                    Use with Canon T4i , for film and picture.

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                    4.0

                    Good for the price

                    By C M

                    from pittsburgh, pa

                    About Me Film Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Upgrade

                      Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

                      Great addition to my support collction.
                      Increases stability while allowing free movement

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Very very GOOD for price

                      By Arturo Suarez

                      from dominican republic

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Interface With Camcorder
                      • Quality Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel

                        Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

                        on product very good for the price

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                        4.0

                        Good support for Sony PMW-EX1

                        By SeeCraig

                        from Brooklyn, NY

                        About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Interface With Camcorder
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Quality Construction

                        Cons

                        • Awkward assembly

                        Best Uses

                        • Hand held mobility
                        • Shooting Indoors
                        • Shooting Outdoors

                        Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

                        Not only good at the price but very flexible support at any price.

                        Doing hand held with Sony EX1 is difficult. Shoulder mount supports, while they alleviate that burden, they don't allow for a lot of camera movement flexibility.

                        The device moves the weight to your waist, allows it to sit on your shoulder with the handle, yet allows you to move the camera off your shoulder and raise or lower the camera as desired.

                        Of some may still want a shoulder mount for some situations but this device at this price is practically a "must have" in one's bag of tricks.

                        It's slightly awkward putting it together and the handle to shoulder isn't the most secure setup are the only reasons that keep me from giving it 5 stars.

                        I'd definitely recommend it for Sony EX1 use and it'll certainly work with lighter cameras as well.

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                        3.0

                        Good for the price

                        By BluesGuy

                        from Richmond, VA

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

                            Too bad I can't give it 3 1/2 stars. I am using it with a Sony EX1. It works well if you need to cover an event for a long time and don't have to change the camera height very much. I was even able to get some decent walking shots, nothing like a steadicam, but better than hand held. The mounting plate does not quite tighten snugly, the screw is a bit too long. I will need to add a go between of some kind.

                            The buckle is plastic, so that may become an issue, but it has a 10 yr. warranty.

                            I look at it as one more device I can use when needed. I also have a monopod and a shoulder mount unit, as well as a tripod.

                            Still looking for something better, but for the money, certainly worth a try. I

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                            1.0

                            don't like it

                            By mikey

                            from chicago

                            About Me Film Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • No Performance Improvement

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

                                I don't like it. My new Sony NX5u doesn't balance on it good at all. I am returning it

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                                4.0

                                Very good - very affordable price

                                By Charlotte sixx

                                from sao paulo, Brazil

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Movies
                                  • Shooting Indoors
                                  • Shooting Outdoors
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

                                  I´ve been using the steady stick with my Canon 5D.
                                  It´s light, easy to carry, and it works well. I manage to shoot 90 minute gigs with it with quite steady images. Also for interviews and videos I have to shoot on the move in the streets. Before this one I bought a US$ 2.000 Red Rock Micro Cinema Bundle but couldn´t use because it was too heavy for me (I am a female). Sold the Red Rock and I am very happy with this one.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Product for the price

                                  By Steve

                                  from Hillsboro, OR

                                  About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Improves Performance
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Quality Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Interface

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Movies
                                  • Shooting Indoors
                                  • Shooting Outdoors
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

                                  The new SteadyStick is great for many different applications in shooting video and photography. It's versatile, compact, easy to use, easy to store.
                                  My one complaint is the plate which attaches to the camcorder should have included a rubber adhesive footing. When the thumbscrew is completely tight, slack space exists causing the camera to rock a bit. To compensate for this deficiency, I adhered four small circular felt stick-on pads to the plate. Problem solved.

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                                  4.0

                                  Simple yet Useful

                                  By Sim

                                  from Portland OR

                                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Handheld

                                    Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

                                    For such a simple design it works really well

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                                    3.0

                                    Honk if Parts Fall Off

                                    By Z

                                    from Orlando, FL

                                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Professional Videographer

                                    Pros

                                    • Affordable
                                    • Compact
                                    • Travels Well

                                    Cons

                                    • Can't Tilt
                                    • Can't Walk With It
                                    • Falls Apart

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Shooting Indoors
                                    • Shooting Outdoors
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Davis & Sanford Steady Stick Compact:

                                    For the price, this is a great stabilizer. I've used it many times, after flying from airport to airport, without it taking up much space in my bag at all.

                                    It does have some serious drawbacks though. While it is great for any shots you may get while standing still, you can't really walk with it. Additionally I found tilting it up or down to be difficult to impossible, though panning right to left worked well.

                                    Also after a while, the thing just started to fall apart piece by piece. First it was the belt buckle, which is more or less a cheap piece of plastic, then the screws started popping out until finally I was over replacing parts for it. I would consider buying it again, as it is extremely affordable, but I think I will look for another option first.

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