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Steadicam Pilot-VL Camera Stabilization System

B&H # STPVL Mfr # PILOT-VL
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Product Highlights
  • With V-Lock Battery Mount
  • Iso-Elastic Arm & Vest
  • Lightweight Sled
  • 5.8" LCD Monitor
  • Backpack

The Steadicam Pilot-VL is a state of the art, lightweight stabilizer system designed especially for the modern breed of lightweight cameras weighing 2 to 10 pounds. It features a 5.8" monitor, Iso-elastic Arm, ultra low-profile vest, lightweight sled with CarbonLite expandable post, and a backpack.

VL Option
The VL option allows the monitor to be powered by V-Lock batteries by including a V-Lock battery mount.
Iso-Elastic Arm
The Iso-Elastic arm is a two-section, articulated, design that can be adjusted while supporting the camera. With this patented, unique design, the Steadicam operator can smoothly and effortlessly raise or lower the arm throughout its 28" boom range.
Vest
A low profile vest allows the Iso-Elastic Arm to work in a very smooth fashion.
Low Mass Gimbal
Utilizing a proven Low Mass Gimbal the operator has the ability to capture the fluid movement that only Steadicam can provide.
LCD Monitor
A 5.8" 16:9 LCD monitor is offered for great images and an upgrade to a modern aspect ratio.
Construction Carbon Fiber and Aluminum
Load Capacity 2 to 10 lbs
Vest Low Profile Vest
Arm Iso-Elastic Arm
Head Assembly/Top Stage Flat Base
Quick Release No
Docking Bracket Yes
Dovetail Plate No
Gimbal Low Mass Gimbal
Dynamic Spin Not Specified by Manufacturer
Post Carbon Fibre
Monitor 5.8" LCD
Battery V-Lock Batteries
Battery Mount V-Lock Battery Mount
Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
Steadicam Pilot-VL Camera Stabilization System
  • Vest
  • Arm
  • Center Post
  • Sled
  • Stage Plate
  • LCD Monitor
  • Battery Mount
  • Counter Weights
  • 078-5238-01 Backpack for Steadicam Merlin/Pilot
  • Manual
  • 1 Year Parts, 6 Months Labor Warranty
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    SteadicamPilot-VL Camera Stabilization System
     
    4.7

    (based on 6 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (4)
    • Improves performance (4)
    • Professional quality (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (4)
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        • Business owner (3)

      Reviewed by 6 customers

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very solid and well Built-Happy customer

      By Freedom Media

      from Perth, Western Australia

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films

        Comments about Steadicam Pilot-VL Camera Stabilization System:

        Very solid and well built. Need to get steadistand and batteries plus charger. If using with DSLR, will need to add some more weight as it would be a pain to balance - as everyone stated its easier to use on the heavier (10 pound) end. Have not really had time to use it but seems there is a lot of practice needed to get great shots. Also was very happy with B&H costumer service as I had an unusual issue previously and they were more than happy to sort it out for me :)

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        5.0

        Very Nice

        By Scott

        from Michigan

        About Me Film Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Improves Performance
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Steadicam Pilot-VL Camera Stabilization System:

            This is a nice unit, it takes a while to master it and to get the correct balance and movements but once you get it the pictures look great. No more jumping footage when following the Bridal Party. Great when doing quick impromptu interviews, works much better than trying to do a handheld shot or carrying a tripod.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Buy

            By Dr. V

            from Cortland, NY

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Steadicam Pilot-VL Camera Stabilization System:

            I teach at a state school. The Pilot allows my student to become familiar with the concept of camera stabilization at an affordable price. The unit is a great teaching tool and integrates well with our existing technology. By far the best system for the money that I have used.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Worth every penny!

            By RedPaw

            from Limerick, Ireland

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Highly Compatible
            • Improves Performance
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Steadicam Pilot-VL Camera Stabilization System:

              It's just an amazing piece of equipment! The quality is just superb! I was thinking about getting a Flyer's vest as didnt like an idea of velcros on the Pilot's one, but apparently they ship it now with the buckles mod included (and fitted)!!! so, i'm glad that i didnt spend extra $1500. Would be nice to see 7" instead of 5.8" though.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              What a difference this makes!

              By RM Digital Productions

              from Voorhees, NJ

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Highly Compatible
              • Improves Performance
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Independent Films

                Comments about Steadicam Pilot-VL Camera Stabilization System:

                WOW, All I can say is WOW! This has taken the quality of my production to a whole new level. I'm getting shots now that you can't do without a steadicam. It works with great with my small Sony Z-7 and is not hard on the back. Just learn how to balance this and learn how to use it correctly and you will be thrilled as I am with the end results of your productions.

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good Product

                By Gabe

                from Chicago, Illinois

                About Me Business Owner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about Steadicam Pilot-VL Camera Stabilization System:

                  Good quality and great design

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