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Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer

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You Pay: $469.95
Product Highlights
  • For DSLR/Camcorder Leveling
  • Supports Cameras Weighing up to 8 lbs
  • User-adjustable Friction for Tilt/Roll
  • Quick & Easy Vertical Balancing
  • Mounting Plate with Friction Pad
  • Camera stage with Adjustment Knobs
  • 2 Horizontal Bars (11" & 15")
  • T-bar Assembly/Counterweights
  • Gimbal Extender for Cameras < 2 lbs
  • Built-in Tilt and Roll Bubble Levels

The Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer system allows easy leveling, balancing and positioning of DSLRs and camcorders weighing up to 8 lbs. The handheld system includes a camera stage/chassis with support arm, mounting plate, locating pin, gimbal and extender, T-bar assembly with 2 horizontal bars and counterweights.

The camera is attached to the stage via a mounting plate that has a friction pad to securely mount the camera with or without use of the camera locating pin. The plate also provides additional front/back adjustments and has a safety pin to prevent the camera from sliding off the stage during adjustment.

The stage features a scale to reference the position of the plate so that re-balancing time is minimized when attaching the camera. Low backlash screw drives and internal dovetail guides ensure secure positioning of the camera when in use and the built-in tilt and roll bubble levels make balancing easy in both the axes.

The gimbal assembly with 6 precision ball bearings can take a minimum static load of 57 lbs in any axis; the main operator control ring gives you roll, tilt and pan control whereas the second ring below the gimbal controls only pan. The gimbal extension is used for cameras weighing less than about 2 lbs.

The SmoothTouch technology provides you with controlled friction (adjustable for different camera weights) to reduce roll and tilt motion artifacts. It also reduces the initial stabilizer motions from acceleration to avoid the pendulum effect. During outdoor shots, constant and smooth gimbal friction reduces the effects of the wind and results in better shots, irrespective of the operator skill levels.

The stabilizer can be easily adjusted to achieve correct vertical balance for different cameras by the use of counterweights. The weights interlock mutually as well as with the crossbar to prevent shifting that can create noise during movements. Finer adjustments can be made by moving the T-bar up or down, with the locking lever providing fast and secure locking. The gimbal vertical position can also be adjusted by rotating the gimbal up or down.

The horizontal counterweight bar can be positioned side to side to allow holding of the stabilizer close to the body; it can also be positioned front to back during shots that require the stabilizer on either side of the body. The 11" horizontal bar gives adjustable angular position for better performance, whereas the 15" horizontal bar provides maximum pan axis moment of inertia and stability.

A user manual and instructional DVD are included to quickly guide you through the setup.

Mounting Plate
  • For additional front/back adjustment
  • Safety pin to prevent the camera from sliding off the stage
  • Friction pad to mount the camera with or without use of the camera locating pin
Camera Stage/Chassis
  • Adjustment knobs for precise positioning of the camera
  • Convenient scale to reference the mounting plate position and minimize re-balancing time when attaching the camera
  • Low backlash screw drives and the internal dovetail guides for stable camera positioning
  • Built-in tilt and roll bubble levels to make balancing easier in both axes
Gimbal
  • Reduces motion artifacts with SmoothTouch technology
  • Low intrinsic friction and alignment
  • 6 precision ball bearings that can take up to 57 lbs in any axis
  • Main operator ring controls roll, tilt and pan; the ring below the gimbal controls pan
  • Gimbal extension for cameras weighing less than 2 lbs
T-bar
  • Quick and easy adjustment of vertical balance (drop time)
  • 2 horizontal bars (11" & 15") - 11" bar for highly adjustable angular position; 15" bar for maximum pan axis moment of inertia and stability
  • Finer adjustment of vertical balance by moving the counterweight T-bar up or down
  • Secure locking with an advanced clamping design
Load Capacity 1-8 lbs (0.5-3.6kg)
Weight 2.4 lb (1.1 kg) (stabilizer weight including camera mounting plate and resting stand)
Minimum Height 20" (508mm)
Maximum Height 25" (635mm)
Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer
  • Chassis
  • T-Bar Assembly
  • Camera Mounting Plate
  • Counterweights
  • Gimbal Extender
  • Horizontal Bar (11"/279mm)
  • Spare Screws and Locating Pin
  • Horizontal Bar (15"/381mm)
  • User Manual
  • Instructional DVD
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Camera Motion ResearchBlackbird Camera Stabilizer
     
    4.3

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (16)
    • Improves performance (16)
    • Well built / quality (15)
    • Lightweight (10)
    • Compact (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting outdoors (10)
      • Home movies (8)
      • Shooting indoors (8)
      • Independent films (7)
      • Travel (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Aspiring film maker (9), Tech savvy (8), Film professional (5), Business owner (3)
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A Well-Engineered Product

      I am working on a documentary film and my budget is very tight. I seriously considered a variety of budget stabilizers, but chose this one because the main support handle is located directly beneath...Read complete review

      I am working on a documentary film and my budget is very tight. I seriously considered a variety of budget stabilizers, but chose this one because the main support handle is located directly beneath the camera. The result is less lateral pressure on your wrist, compared to other stabilizers where the grip is offset from the center of weight. This was an important consideration in my decision to purchase the Blackbird, as I cannot afford the various braces and supports out there to take the pressure off the wrist. So far, the Blackbird is proving to work very well, and I can operate it for reasonable periods without undue strain.

      Using these devices effectively requires skill, and that means practice. The Blackbird comes with a set of instructions (and these should be examined closely), but it is the included DVD that gave me the most help. It is also inspirational, offering a variety of ideas for shooting with your Blackbird. I tried it out during my New Year's Eve party, even though I had only a few hours of experience with it, and the resultant video was surprsingly effective. I was amazed by the dream-like fluidity of the images, despite my lack of skill. After a few weeks of study and practice, I've improved considerably.

      I am impressed with the quality of the Blackbird: It's well-designed, well-made, and performs exactly as advertised.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not good for run and gun

      I bought the blackbird for wedding videography using my DSLR. It took me about 3 hours to balance (watching the DVD tutorial is a must!). I wasn't impressed with the dinky aluminum...Read complete review

      I bought the blackbird for wedding videography using my DSLR. It took me about 3 hours to balance (watching the DVD tutorial is a must!). I wasn't impressed with the dinky aluminum contraption when I pulled it out of the box. The head seems solid, but not extremely durable (compared to my all metal, manfrotto tripod head) and the manual and DVD tutorial look all home made.

      The stabilizer would work great for doing short films and such, where you have a controlled atmosphere and have time to make the adjustments. But for wedding videography, stay away! It has it's own custom mounting plate, which forces you to constantly switch plates, or buy their plate adaptor (which is less than impressive).

      Again, the stabilizer works, but shooting weddings can be hectic and you won't have time to switch mounting plates, and fine tweak the balance if the bride and groom do something unexpected and you are not prepared. The only way it would work is to have two cameras, and balance one on the stabilizer before hand and leave it on the stand all night to use as needed, but that only works if you are at one venue and don't have to change locations.

      Overall, with the quality of this thing, it should only cost about $150. But the demand for stabilizers allow the price to be jacked up.

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      5.0

      Great Stabilizer!

      By AR

      from Dallas

      Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

      This is an awesome product! I had only used one cheap stabilizer before which was a piece of crap for $50 bucks. I bought this one bc I had read reviews on this one and the Merlin. All reviews said the blackbird was better for beginners and cheaper anyway. This one is worth the money! Being a beginner and not so good at physics, it took me some time to set up and balance, but after an hour or so I figured it out. Even without practice the videos look so much more stabilized! I'm sure after some practice they will look even better. The DVD was VERY helpful. Without it I would not have been able to figure it out.

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      4.0

      Nice piece of Equipment

      By Craig

      from SW Michigan

      Pros

      • Good Interface With Camcorder
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

          I'll address most of my review to the criticisms of "Silverskylark."

          Weight is an issue with this rig because you are going to hold it out in front of you to use it. You really don't want "all metal" heavy duty parts because it would be heavy. The aluminum is a nod toward its intended use.

          The plate issue is easy to solve and really a complete non-issue. Buy a Kirk quick release (for $55, one with a threaded body) if, like me, you have arca-swiss on your equipment. My camera w/ an L bracket takes 2 seconds to mount and I can get it very close to balance just by eyeballing it when I mount the camera. The mounting plate on the Blackbird moves side to side and front to back in order to fine tune balance. You adjust both with 2 knobs. I'm seldom off by more than half a turn when I mount my camera.

          If you don't use arca-swiss my guess is there are other quick fixes to the mounting issue.

          After a couple weeks I see this rig is going to solve some problems. I am getting good enough that I am going to mount a Ninja 2 to my D800 and see if I can fly with that.

          When you are starting out a flash mounted bubble level helps a bit. The unit has two nice bubble levels but a flash mounted gives even better feedback, imho, especially if you are flying low.

          I give 4 stars because it won't allow me to give 4.5 (whcih is what I would give) and I almost never give 5.

          Their support is also very responsive.

          I have no affiliation with Blackbird and Camera Motion Research.

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          2.0

          PBarban

          By Priimeboss

          from San Diego

          About Me Aspiring Film Maker

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

              I researched many different stabilizers and picked the Blackbird. I have used the Glidecam before so I was familiar with how to use it. When I got it I was completely disappointed. I used it everyday for 3 weeks to get a good feel for it. Sure it was easy to level and balance. The drifting from side to side was a huge problem. Making the unit pan is understandable but needing to hold it from moving on it's own is no good. The balance was soooo very sencetive that it is hard to control. I am convinced to same my money and buy a harness stabilizer. No more struggling on getting the shot. I am a wedding photographer/videographer and shoot video all the time. So smoothness is critical.

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              4.0

              Exactly What I Needed!

              By Jenny Bright

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Aspiring Film Maker

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Shooting Indoors
                • Shooting Outdoors
                • Upgrade

                Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

                I recently purchased the Blackbird Camera Stabilizer and I couldn't be happier! I knew buying it, there would be a slight learning curve. Learning how to balance it, learning how to walk with it, and learning how to keep it from swaying. For the price point, it does exactly what you are looking for if you are in the market to buy a stabilizer. I watched hundreds of YouTube videos of different stabilizer but not one of them had better reviews than this one. I have nothing bad to say about it, because it is made well, comes with a great how to use DVD and manual that I noticed a few others in this price point didn't provide. Be ready to do a few curls in the gym though...it gets heavy after a few minutes of use. I think that's all stabilizers though.

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                5.0

                WOW

                By Nate

                from Temecula, CA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Quality Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

                    If you read the manual and watch the video that is provided with this product, you will figure out how to use it in about a day. Once you understand how to set it up, it will take you literally less than two minutes to set it up each time.

                    I am able to get absolutely perfect flying video with this unit. I tried other cheaper alternatives on the Internet, don't waste your time.

                    One thing to note about any of these stabilizers is that with a good number of them, once you have achieved dynamic balance, and you set the unit down and pick it up again you have to rebalance it. Not so with this blackbird. once you get it balanced it will stay that way until you remove the camera.
                    I highly recommend this product!

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                    4.0

                    lightweight & portable camera stabilizer

                    By Steve

                    from Whistler, BC

                    About Me Film Professional, Outdoor Sports Filming, Tech Savvy

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight
                    • Quality Construction

                    Cons

                    • Bad Instructional Dvd
                    • Hard To Set Up

                    Best Uses

                    • DSLR
                    • Shooting Outdoors
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

                    This is a great design for anyone looking for a portable, lightweight camera stabilizer. It's sturdy and durable, and works well even at high speeds. It's a bit tricky to set up at first, and the instructional DVD is over-complicated and disorganized. But other than that, I highly recommend it.

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                    5.0

                    Work of art!

                    By King of Hearts Films

                    from San Diego, CA

                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Shooting Indoors
                      • Shooting Outdoors
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

                      Super easy to use. Great DVD included to learn and get tips from. Makes your video look night and day better.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Buy!

                      By R-Bull the videographer

                      from Fayetteville, NC

                      About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Cinematography
                        • Home Movies
                        • Shooting Indoors
                        • Shooting Outdoors
                        • Videography

                        Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

                        What's great about the Blackbird is how user friendly it is. You can balance the blackbird relatively quickly and begin shooting. I've been using the Blackbird for a couple months now so I've gotten better using it. When using the blackbird practice is the key ingredient. The more you use it, the more it becomes part of you and you begin capturing the shots you wanted. Another great thing about Blackbird is they send a DVD with the stabilizer, the DVD tells you everything you need to know, it's a bit lengthy but full of helpful details and everything you need to know to get started if you're a beginner. The blackbird can improve your moving shots almost overnight.

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                        5.0

                        Nice Piece of Equipment

                        By LCudden

                        from Northern California

                        About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Improves Performance
                        • Quality Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Adds a professional look
                          • Shooting Outdoors

                          Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

                          I'm a camera newbie who wants to give my projects as professional a look as possible. After much research, I found the Blackbird to be the best for my purposes in both features and cost. I'm still working on balancing it and getting it as light as possible. Being female, weight is an issue, so I'm slowly parring down my rig and trading out supports to see what will work best. I'm sure once I get it balanced it will work out fine. The only thing I would criticize is the documentation. I appreciate the hard work put in to producing the manual and the manufacturer is definitely dedicated to his product, but nobody can to everything well. Sometimes it's better to pay a professional to at least proofread.

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                          4.0

                          Go solution for bumpy shots

                          By Lord Monty

                          from Meridian, MS

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

                          Once you get past the learning curve you will be plesently suprised at how GREAT your moving around shots will look.

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                          4.0

                          Functional...with time

                          By One

                          from New York, NY

                          About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Improves Performance
                          • Lightweight
                          • Quality Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Shooting Outdoors

                            Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

                            Definitely difficult to fly the first time, leave alone balance. But right out of the box, SIGNIFICANT improvement on video stability. Shots look very "pro" like and smoother (even with a novice flying the device) I guess with more practice, it can improve your production tremendously.
                            Prepare for frustration at first ....and satisfaction at last.

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                            4.0

                            Excellent

                            By Pixelyne John

                            from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

                            About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Interface With Camcorder
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Movies
                              • Replacement
                              • Shooting Indoors
                              • Shooting Outdoors
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

                              I have tried to make my own stabilizer for a while now but I have never come close to the results I can achieve with this Blackbird.
                              The accompanying DVD is a must-watch. I think I finally understand how these units need to be balanced.
                              Perfect for small camcorders and DSLRs. Light enough to use without any wrist support. It looks clean and appropriate. There is no shame using one of these on a professional shoot.
                              Well done Camera Motion Research!

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                              4.0

                              A bird quite easy to fly

                              By Eric

                              from France

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Quality Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Shooting Indoors
                                • Shooting Outdoors
                                • Travel
                                • Upgrade

                                Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

                                This is the third stabilizer I've tried (after Hague and Merlin) and so far, this is the easier and quicker to balance with all sort of gear.

                                But after balancing, there's a learning curve to achieve good shots. I was a bit mislead by the DVD instructions that recommend a two seconds of falling speed before going back to the vertical position. It doesn't work for me at all. For a good horizontal stability, I'm way happier with only one second.

                                What's not easy to find at first is the pressure to apply with the thumbs to get a good stability.

                                For a long use, I've tried a shoulder strap around one arm (like for a broken arm!), it works fine.

                                Last thing, the screw to attach the camera is free and therefore can be lost easily.

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                                5.0

                                Great Product

                                By Xrayspecs

                                from Los Angeles, CA

                                About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

                                    Fairly easy to set up and balance, although with a lightweight camera like my Panasonic GH2, you need to add some extra weight to the camera shoe to prevent pendulum swinging.

                                    Takes some practice to get a Hollywood-smooth shot, but you'll be surprised at how smooth your initial outing will look.

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                                    4.0

                                    Great product. Easy to start flying.

                                    By KM from Toronto

                                    from Toronto, Ontario

                                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Improves Performance
                                    • Quality Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

                                        As my first foray into stabilizers, I'm really happy with my purchase. It's very easy to set up and the brilliant Smooth Touch feature makes it easier for beginners like me to fly without excessive amounts of sway.

                                        I used it with a Sony FS100 and the kit lens and was able to get great results. With a lighter lens, the rig would be even more comfortable to use for extended periods.

                                        It's also worth mentioning that CMR provides some of the best customer support I've ever experienced. I highly recommend this product.

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                                        5.0

                                        Easiest setup ever

                                        By bimdas

                                        from Perth

                                        About Me Film Professional

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Shooting Indoors
                                          • Travel

                                          Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

                                          In the past I've hired out a couple of glidecams but never ended up using them because the setup was frustrating and I didnt have the patience.
                                          The Blackbird literally took me about 15 minutes the first time I took it out of the box to setup with my fs100. Now it takes me less than 5 minutes to attach the camera and get a perfectly balanced camera.

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                                          5.0

                                          Glad I chose the Blackbird

                                          By Andy B.

                                          from UT

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Quality Construction

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

                                              This is my first stabilizer, and I did quite a bit of research before buying. The Blackbird really stood out to me. You always hear that stabilizers take a while to set up and get the hang of, and while that's true to an extent, the blackbird was very natural to me. Balancing any new camera setup is actually kind of fun because there are so many ways to adjust the blackbird. I recently shot a commercial and almost every shot used the blackbird.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRnZR-vc4-gIn my opinion, the blackbird is the no compromise option of all the handheld stabilizers.

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                                              4.0

                                              Takes some Practice, but is amazing!

                                              By Nate

                                              from Winston-Salem NC

                                              About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

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

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Home Movies
                                                • Shooting Indoors
                                                • Shooting Outdoors
                                                • Travel

                                                Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

                                                I ordered this after debating whether I had the talent or not to build a DIY steadycam. I'm glad that I bought this because I don't think I would have been able to do it. I saw some youtube videos of this thing, and when I saw the camera operator climb over a waist high fence while still maintaining a fluid forward motion with the stabilizer, I knew I had to buy it.

                                                You can quickly adjust the balancing, when you switch lenses. And it is very lightweight with my Panasonic GH2. I used this thing to film a performance that was almost and hour and a half long and I was able to hold the stabilizer for the entire time. My arm was a little sore the next day, but the main thing I like about this thing is how portable it is because it is so lightweight.

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                                                4.0

                                                Blackbird -My first stabilizer

                                                By G-Phi

                                                from California

                                                About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                                                Pros

                                                • Durable
                                                • Highly Compatible
                                                • Lightweight
                                                • Produces High Quality Film

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • HD Shooting
                                                  • Shooting Indoors
                                                  • Shooting Outdoors

                                                  Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

                                                  This is my first stabilizer. I am using a Canon 7D with an 18mm-135mm lens. One good thing about this stabilizer is the ability to adjust the stiffness of the gimble which as a noobie has made my shots better.

                                                  The one thing that has bothered me so far is this stabilizer pans in the direction that the wind is blowing when filming outside, which has made some of my shots look jerky when trying to reposition it back to the center. It tends to sway and pan indoors too.

                                                  I have found a fix to this using two semi-thick medium sized rubberbands stretched from top to bottom on the handle and pan knob. My shots are a lot better now. I'm sure that overall my shots will get better the more experience I have at using it.

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                                                  2.0

                                                  Not good for run and gun

                                                  By silverskylark

                                                  from Atlanta, Ga

                                                  About Me Film Professional

                                                  Verified Reviewer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Produces High Quality Film

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Poor Interface
                                                  • price

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Documentaries
                                                  • HD Shooting

                                                  Comments about Camera Motion Research Blackbird Camera Stabilizer:

                                                  I bought the blackbird for wedding videography using my DSLR. It took me about 3 hours to balance (watching the DVD tutorial is a must!). I wasn't impressed with the dinky aluminum contraption when I pulled it out of the box. The head seems solid, but not extremely durable (compared to my all metal, manfrotto tripod head) and the manual and DVD tutorial look all home made.

                                                  The stabilizer would work great for doing short films and such, where you have a controlled atmosphere and have time to make the adjustments. But for wedding videography, stay away! It has it's own custom mounting plate, which forces you to constantly switch plates, or buy their plate adaptor (which is less than impressive).

                                                  Again, the stabilizer works, but shooting weddings can be hectic and you won't have time to switch mounting plates, and fine tweak the balance if the bride and groom do something unexpected and you are not prepared. The only way it would work is to have two cameras, and balance one on the stabilizer before hand and leave it on the stand all night to use as needed, but that only works if you are at one venue and don't have to change locations.

                                                  Overall, with the quality of this thing, it should only cost about $150. But the demand for stabilizers allow the price to be jacked up.

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                                                  Camera Motion Research -  Case for Blackbird
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