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CobraCrane SteadyTracker Xtreme

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You Pay: $199.95
Product Highlights
  • 8 lbs Capacity
  • Panning Control
  • Monopod & Periscope Modes

The CobraCrane SteadyTracker Xtreme is a lightweight camera stabilization system for camcorders weighing up to 8 lbs. It features panning control with the ability to upgrade with monitors and low-mode accessories.

Why SteadyTracker?
Steady motion shots - Add more value to your production and make more money on every shot.
Fluid appearance - Smooth movements, no jerky actions.
Floating shots - Appears as if the camera is floating.
Better than a Monopod - Stands on its own.
Flexible - You can get any angle because it is not connected to you.
Reliable - Sturdy alloy construction.
Simple - Uses counter balance, without gyros or gimbals.
Powder coated finish - Preserves the appearance.
Comfortable handling - Foam grip is soft, easy to handle and control.
Ergonomically designed - Comfortable to use for long periods.
Fast, easy setup - Sets up in minutes.
Shooting Modes
The SteadyTracker operates in the following modes:
  • Smooth "Flying Mode"
  • Monopod Mode
  • Locked Self-Supported Mode
  • Optional Static Body Mount (Vest) Mode
  • Periscope Mode
  • Optional Low Mode
Construction Aluminum
Load Capacity 8 lbs (3.6kg)
Vest No
Arm No
Head Assembly/Top Stage Universal Camcorder Mounting Plate
Quick Release Yes
Docking Bracket No
Dovetail Plate No
Gimbal Adjustable Pan (no gimbal)
Dynamic Spin No
Monitor Optional
Battery Monitor Specific
Battery Mount Monitor Specific
Height 29" (73.7cm)
Weight 4.2 lbs (1.9kg)
CobraCrane SteadyTracker Xtreme
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Locking Screw
  • Installation Guide
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    CobraCraneSteadyTracker Xtreme
     
    3.6

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    70%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (9)
    • Improves performance (9)
    • Compact (7)
    • Professional quality (6)
    • Lightweight (5)

    Cons

    • Lacks functionality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (8)
    • Complex projects (6)
    • Home movies (4)
    • In the studio (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Film student (4), Business owner (3), Professional artist (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Production Tool

    I've used the Steady Tracker Extreme with both my Sony EX1R and Z1U for about 5 years. At first glance it looks home made, nothing fancy. The best thing about the Steady Tracker...Read complete review

    I've used the Steady Tracker Extreme with both my Sony EX1R and Z1U for about 5 years. At first glance it looks home made, nothing fancy. The best thing about the Steady Tracker is the lack of that gimbal ball balancing act the other tracking sticks have. To me they are like trying to balance a broom stick on the end of your nose. You are forever chasing your camera and rarely getting the shot you intended. With this piece of gear the balance and the direction are executed with your wrist. Pretty simple. Your arm and elbow dampen any vertical movement. So many people have assumed I'm shooting these cool shots with a full blown high end stabilization system. You can fly around from dutch to to having a perfectly flat and steady horizon within seconds. The negative reviews I've read astound me. This thing is so simple and works so well. I've tried them all in the last 30 years, NAB has huge collections similar items every year, nothing comes close to the great handling I get from the Steady Tracker. It does what it is supposed to do and is really quite inexpensive.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Disappointment with results

    I bought the CobraCrane SteadyTracker Extreme a couple months ago to use with my 5Dmii for product videos. poor decision. I'm looking to get rid of it because the footage is always too shaky...Read complete review

    I bought the CobraCrane SteadyTracker Extreme a couple months ago to use with my 5Dmii for product videos. poor decision. I'm looking to get rid of it because the footage is always too shaky to use. It's made cheaply. The right to left axis is almost impossible to control. If there was another horizontal handle in the middle of the pole it could be better. But as it is ... I would save your money and make your own homemade $30 cheap steadicam or invest in the glidecam if you have the $400-600.

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    4.0

    Very steady

    By cinedependent

    from Sacramento, CA

    About Me Film Student, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Home Movies
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about CobraCrane SteadyTracker Xtreme:

      This is the steadiest solution I've tried. I just need to work on my biceps to be able to wield my 4+ pound camera plus the steadytracker. It's not a vest mounted steadycam, but for those of us who can't afford one, it gives great results.

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      4.0

      Great product, Prefer over Glidecam

      By G Mitts

      from Quincy, IL

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Price
      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

      • Bit Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about CobraCrane SteadyTracker Xtreme:

      I use to create video walk through of real estate properties. SteadyTracker is much easier to balance than my Glidecam 2000. It is a bit heavier so need to get used to the weight.

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      5.0

      great Hand held stabilizer

      By rightbrain

      from Philadelphia, pa

      About Me Hobbyist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films

        Comments about CobraCrane SteadyTracker Xtreme:

        I recently used this on a shoot this past weekend. It is a wonderful piece of equipment for independent filmmaking. It is easy to balance, not too heavy, and above all, inexpensive. You can walk, and even run with it. Highly recommended.

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        4.0

        Helpful tool for the price

        By Dave Kilpatrick

        from North Syracuse, NY

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about CobraCrane SteadyTracker Xtreme:

            I've used the SteadyTracker Xtreme with my Panasonic DVX100A for over two years in run-and-gun situations and it is a huge improvement over handheld. With practice and concentration, you can even get a similar "floating" effect as with the more expensive stabilizers, but not quite as consistently smooth. But the SteadyTracker has advantages over those more expensive products. You can pop it up in the air over folks' heads for a crane-type shot, you can set it down easily, there is very little arm strain, and set up and balancing is very quick and easy. I've done video for a week long youth camp and my camera never came off the SteadyTracker all week.The plate has a hard foam surface on top of the metal that is getting a bit warn. Right now it's more of a cosmetic thing than any functional problem (cosmetic to me, not the client - I only see it when I mount or remove the camera).For its price and practicality, this is a great tool. It may not be as steady as some of the more expensive units that are hard to set up and need routine re-balancing, but compared to handheld, it is a huge improvement. Also, for paid situations, it looks more professional than the many unprofessional looking $25 homemade contraptions you can learn to make on the web.

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            3.0

            Heavy but steady

            By Woz

            from Clayton, DE

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Improves Performance

            Cons

            • Limited Compatibility

            Best Uses

              Comments about CobraCrane SteadyTracker Xtreme:

              Gets heavy shooting race footage with a DSLR but otherwise, it does well.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This really works

              By Klem

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Producer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about CobraCrane SteadyTracker Xtreme:

                Okay, it's not the "ultimate" stabilizer but it really works well in a variety of situations. I use a Canon XF300, it's a little over 6lbs, and I had great results on a recent trip traveling throughout Southwest Alaska's Inside Passage. We were always on the water and if you have ever tried to shoot on a boat you know what I mean. The SteadyTracker Xtreme never got too heavy as it was balanced perfectly with it's adjustments.
                Definitely worth the price and I highly recommend this product.

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                5.0

                Great Production Tool

                By Jombi

                from Texas

                About Me Professional DP

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Improves Performance
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Independent Films
                  • Walking standups

                  Comments about CobraCrane SteadyTracker Xtreme:

                  I've used the Steady Tracker Extreme with both my Sony EX1R and Z1U for about 5 years. At first glance it looks home made, nothing fancy. The best thing about the Steady Tracker is the lack of that gimbal ball balancing act the other tracking sticks have. To me they are like trying to balance a broom stick on the end of your nose. You are forever chasing your camera and rarely getting the shot you intended. With this piece of gear the balance and the direction are executed with your wrist. Pretty simple. Your arm and elbow dampen any vertical movement. So many people have assumed I'm shooting these cool shots with a full blown high end stabilization system. You can fly around from dutch to to having a perfectly flat and steady horizon within seconds. The negative reviews I've read astound me. This thing is so simple and works so well. I've tried them all in the last 30 years, NAB has huge collections similar items every year, nothing comes close to the great handling I get from the Steady Tracker. It does what it is supposed to do and is really quite inexpensive.

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  If you know hoe w to use it buy it

                  By Titlemaker

                  from new york

                  About Me Film Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Lacks Functionality

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about CobraCrane SteadyTracker Xtreme:

                  There are no tutorials on how to use it and film with it ,therefore if you are not a pro do not buy it cause you will still get that shake and jolts on a camera especially the bigger sized ones.Will but it after I learn more camera tricks.

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                  1.0

                  Disappointment with results

                  By hollywood

                  from Chattanooga, TN

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Lacks Functionality
                  • Poor Design
                  • Poor Performance

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about CobraCrane SteadyTracker Xtreme:

                    I bought the CobraCrane SteadyTracker Extreme a couple months ago to use with my 5Dmii for product videos. poor decision. I'm looking to get rid of it because the footage is always too shaky to use. It's made cheaply. The right to left axis is almost impossible to control. If there was another horizontal handle in the middle of the pole it could be better. But as it is ... I would save your money and make your own homemade $30 cheap steadicam or invest in the glidecam if you have the $400-600.

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                    4.0

                    A bit shaky...

                    By Robert D.

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Film Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance

                    Cons

                    • Jitters

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about CobraCrane SteadyTracker Xtreme:

                    When I bought this I was expecting smooth stabilization and not shakiness.The SteadyTracker itself seems to be at a good position. I have came up with a lot of cool and creative shots and you can get high shots also. It's a great tool if you are on a budget, and it's a bit shaky also too but not too shaky that you can get with hand held I say it smoothness your shot by 98-99% percent of the time. Those other 1-2% is how shaky your footage will be just a bit. The product is easy to put together and disassemble.

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                    1.0

                    Very bad results

                    By EdBob

                    from Jacksonville, FL

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Lacks Functionality
                      • Poor Design
                      • Poor Performance

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about CobraCrane SteadyTracker Xtreme:

                        I planned on using this for a Vixia camera for B roll type stuff. The only thing good about this cheaply made unit is the weight of the product. Other than that, it was next to impossible to get any usable shots. The design kept hitting my leg and the balance instructions never came to fruition. This product is barely worth the metal which is about $20 I would say. Please save your money and get something with a gimbal for say! This is only good for a door stopper!

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                        5.0

                        Cheap Timely Quality

                        By JamesP

                        from San Bernardino, CA

                        About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects
                          • Home Movies
                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about CobraCrane SteadyTracker Xtreme:

                          I recently purchased a camera stabilizer from B&H that I had been shopping around for for weeks. I saw it in a few other places but either it was overpriced or not from a trusted seller. So i finally found it on the B&H website (which is obviously a trusted reseller) at a GREAT PRICE. I immediately purchased the stabilizer [...] (which was like christmas come early). Everything looked great and the stabilizer works amazingly for my freelance videos. Now i can capture angles worthy of cirque du soleil. It has truly instantly changed my level of video production. Two thumbs and a pinky toe way up B&H.

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                          3.0

                          Easy & complicated at the same time.

                          By Cine Emi

                          from North Hollywood, CA

                          About Me Getting started

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easily Adjusted
                          • Good Footing

                          Cons

                          • Heavy
                          • Slips Out Of Position

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Outdoors
                          • Special Events
                          • Sports
                          • Travel

                          Comments about CobraCrane SteadyTracker Xtreme:

                          The best thing about the Steady Tracker Xtreme is that it is incredibly easy to put together. There are only a few pieces to the kit and the directions are uncomplicated. I used the Steady Tracker Xtreme with my Panasonic AG-HVX200 (which is on the heavier side of professional camcorders...I want to say around 8lbs w/ battery attached). I have only two complaints. First: once I got the camera on & tried to balance everything, the bolt that was holding the camera in place would loosen, & the camera would slide. Again, this is probably due the camera being heavier than most camcorders. I'm sure this wouldn't happen with a lighter camera. The second complaint is that the Steady Tracker Xtreme by itself, was pretty heavy. With a camera attached......very heavy. I wish that there was some sort of shoulder harness or some other support system to go with it, but perhaps that would ruin the steadycam effect. Otherwise, once I did a little practicing, it gave me the footage that I wanted.

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