The Steadicam Pilot-VLB with IDX Power System and Merlin 2 is a bundle from B&H that comes with two camera stabilization systems. It features the Pilot-VLB, which includes an IDX battery kit, and the Merlin 2 hand-held stabilizer. With this bundle you will be able to capture two stabilized camera angles at once or choose the best solution for a given situation.
The Pilot-VLB is an arm-and-vest-based stabilizer system designed especially for the modern breed of lightweight cameras from 2 to 10 pounds. It features a 5.8" monitor, iso-elastic arm, ultra low profile vest, and a sled with an expandable post. This system also includes a pair of IDX batteries and a charger. These not only power the monitor and provide a counterweight for the sled they can also be used to power many cameras and video accessories.
The hand-held Merlin 2, meanwhile, features a compact form-factor designed to allow you to go where the scene takes you--up or down steps, indoors and out, through crowds--without the size-restrictions of a bulky vest-and-arm system. It will stabilize cameras weighing up to 5 lb when not using a vest. Like its larger sibling, the Pilot-VLB, the Merlin 2 can be used with the arm-and-vest system to reduce fatigue during extended shooting.
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Steadicam Pilot-VLB Camera Stabilization System with Power
The Steadicam Pilot-VLB is a state of the art, lightweight stabilizer system designed especially for the modern breed of lightweight cameras from 2 to 10 pounds. It features a 5.8" monitor, Iso-elastic Arm and ultra low profile vest, lightweight sled with CarbonLite expandable post. This system comes with IDX batteries and charger.
The VL option allows the monitor to be powered by V-Lock batteries by including a V-Lock battery mount.
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 inch boom range.
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.
A 5.8" 16:9 LCD monitor is offered for great images and an upgrade to a modern aspect ratio.
Batteries and Charger
This system is shipped with two E-7S batteries and a special version of the VL Dual 60 Watt charger. The IDX E-7S battery is based on the V-Lock mounting system and will provide power for the on board monitor and any optional accessories.
Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System
Designed by Garrett Brown, the Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System is a lightweight handheld gimbal stabilizer that lets you capture smooth, professional-looking footage whether you go up or down steps, indoors and out, through crowds, or wherever else the shot takes you. It weighs just 1.4 lb and its counterbalancing weight supports cameras up to 5 lb. The system utilizes a dual extended weight system that increases inertial stability and features a precise Folding-Caliper hinge that lets you fold and unfold the unit without any readjustment in balancing needed. Additionally, a multi-positional lens support platform is provided that adjusts to various heights and angles to help support longer lenses and camera bodies.
The robust stage design features a rigid camera plate, multi-angle viewable level, and larger easily adjustable knobs for secure camera mounting and ease of use
A secure gimbal lock allows for precise tuning
The lens platform adjusts to various heights and angles to help support longer lenses and camera bodies
The ergonomic handle affords a comfortable grip for hours without undue fatigue for either right- or left-handed users
All parts are stainless steel, aluminum, or brass for corrosion resistance
Dovetail plate and gimbal are retrofittable with original Steadicam Merlin
Top dovetail plate has been designed to clear battery doors on most DSLR cameras