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Steadicam 8017900 Docking Bracket - for Merlin Camera Stabilizer

B&H # STDBZ Mfr # 801-7900
You Pay: $39.95

The Steadicam 8017900 is a docking bracket for the Merlin camera stabilizer system. This bracket works with display stands to allow the Merlin to stow upright while preparing for usage.

Steadicam 8017900 Docking Bracket - for Merlin Camera Stabilizer
  • 1 Year Parts and 6 Months Labor Warranty
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    Steadicam8017900 Docking Bracket - for Merlin Camera Stabilizer
     
    4.5

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Solid/sturdy (8)
    • Fits well (6)
    • Improves tripod function (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (6)
      • Weddings (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      set it up and shoot

      finally somewhere to put my merlin when it's not in use on the shoot. And it's so easy to grab and shoot with when I want. already balanced and ready to go.

      finally somewhere to put my merlin when it's not in use on the shoot. And it's so easy to grab and shoot with when I want. already balanced and ready to go.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      DO NOT BUY

      I bought this Docking bracket when I was using the merlin and it snapped into two pieces and my Merlin came crashing to the ground. It destroyed my merlin which Tiffen replaced and destroyed...Read complete review

      I bought this Docking bracket when I was using the merlin and it snapped into two pieces and my Merlin came crashing to the ground. It destroyed my merlin which Tiffen replaced and destroyed my merlin accessory plate that they did not replace.

      They have admitted to a design flaw and until they change it I WOULD NOT buy this product.

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      5.0

      A must have if you have a merlin

      By matchstix studios

      from Placentia, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fits Well
      • Improves Tripod Function
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Night Shots
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Steadicam 8017900 Docking Bracket - for Merlin Camera Stabilizer:

        I've managed to take my merlin on productions for the past two years without this and have basically just hated the set up process and when not shooting.

        I do not recommend skimping on this product!

        This coupled with a c-stand or light stand is a must if you fly a merlin. I can't believe I've gone on for so long without this great piece of gear. Worth every penny.

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        5.0

        Invaluable

        By VidBear

        from MA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well
        • Improves Tripod Function
        • Solid/Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Steadicam 8017900 Docking Bracket - for Merlin Camera Stabilizer:

          The only way to balance the Merlin

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great item and makes balancing much easy

          By MarekB

          from Wellesley Hills, MA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fits Well
          • Improves Tripod Function
          • Solid/Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Steadicam 8017900 Docking Bracket - for Merlin Camera Stabilizer:

            I am very happy with this item, which allows me to take my time when balancing my Steadicam Merlin.
            I just attached it to my tripod and it works great!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Seems Solid To Me!

            By Tony

            from Murfreesboro, TN

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fits Well
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Steadicam 8017900 Docking Bracket - for Merlin Camera Stabilizer:

              This is a well build product, I don't know how it could 'fall apart' like another review had mentioned, unless you really over-loaded it. It works for me, does the job, and is a must to balance the merlin. Works well with a cheap light stand or c-stand.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Merlin Savior

              By SENOJ

              from New York, NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Steadicam 8017900 Docking Bracket - for Merlin Camera Stabilizer:

                The Merlin is not that heavy until you spend about 2 hours trying to balance the stabilizer. Tripod + Docking Bracket saves you lots of energy and also minimizes your own effect on the merlin being out of balance.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                DO NOT BUY

                By Jake

                from DC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Poor Design

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Steadicam 8017900 Docking Bracket - for Merlin Camera Stabilizer:

                    I bought this Docking bracket when I was using the merlin and it snapped into two pieces and my Merlin came crashing to the ground. It destroyed my merlin which Tiffen replaced and destroyed my merlin accessory plate that they did not replace.

                    They have admitted to a design flaw and until they change it I WOULD NOT buy this product.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Makes Merlin setup a breeze

                    By Dave Baker

                    from Heber Springs, AR

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Merlin Setup
                      • Video

                      Comments about Steadicam 8017900 Docking Bracket - for Merlin Camera Stabilizer:

                      I use the bracket on a light stand to do my setup before going out on a shoot.
                      Beats holding in your hand and getting tired.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      set it up and shoot

                      By hitmanhink

                      from Oceanside, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits Well
                      • Solid/Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Steadicam 8017900 Docking Bracket - for Merlin Camera Stabilizer:

                        finally somewhere to put my merlin when it's not in use on the shoot. And it's so easy to grab and shoot with when I want. already balanced and ready to go.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        works great!

                        By katajos

                        from Ottawa, Ont.

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Solid/Sturdy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Video

                          Comments about Steadicam 8017900 Docking Bracket - for Merlin Camera Stabilizer:

                          It's much easier to balance the camera on the Merlin with this bracket.
                          It's also a safe place to keep both out of harms(i.e producers) way. Looks good too!

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Works as advertised

                          By bsatchfield

                          from Tampa Bay, Florida

                          About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Adds professionalism
                          • Provides mounting support

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Mounting support

                            Comments about Steadicam 8017900 Docking Bracket - for Merlin Camera Stabilizer:

                            This device simply mounts on the top spud of a C-Stand (or the custom Merlin Stand) and allows you to safely rest your Merlin with your camera attached out of the way without having to hold it. It has two twist knobs that tighten onto the spud and a top post that matches up with the hole in the handle of the Merlin. This product also can be useful when making adjustments to your Merlin. Looks professional on the set!

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