This Steadicam Pilot HD-SDI Sled with AB Battery Plate, Vest, and Merlin Stabilizer Kit assembled by B&H includes a Steadicam Pilot HD-SDI vest/sled system that supports cameras from 2 to 9 pounds and a Steadicam Merlin 2 stabilizer for cameras up to 5 pounds. This kit provides you the tools to fly a small camcorder or DSLR up to compact camcorders weighing less than 9 pounds with the gear to pull off shots that require a support vest and sled.
The Steadicam Pilot is a traditional vest/sled system that features a 3-axis gimbal and an HD/SDI monitor on the sled. The built-in Anton Bauer battery plate allows you to use your existing Anton Bauer batteries to power your camera and the sled's monitor. The Merlin 2 features stainless steel, aluminum, and brass construction for durability and corrosion resistance and accommodates small camcorders and DSLRs.
Steadicam STEADICAM Pilot HD/SDI Camera Stabilizing System with AB-Mount
The STEADICAM Pilot HD/SDI Camera Stabilizing System from Tiffen consists of a 7" HD/SDI LCD monitor, lightweight iso-elastic arm with 28” (71cm) boom, lightweight sled (camera mounting chassis), low profile vest, backpack, and AB-mount.
The STEADICAM Pilot HD/SDI Camera Stabilizing System is designed especially for lightweight cameras weighing 2 to 9 lb (0.9 to 4.1kg). You only need to add only a camera of your choice as all other required system components are provided for normal operation.
The Pilot HD/SDI Stabilizer System consists of a lightweight iso-elastic arm, a low profile vest, a lightweight sled with a CarbonLite expandable post, and a low mass gimbal.
The iso-elastic arm features a 2-section, articulated, no-tools design that can be adjusted while supporting the camera. With this design, a STEADICAM operator can smoothly and effortlessly raise or lower the arm throughout its 28” (71cm) boom range. The iso-elastic arm is also non-reactive, thus improving vertical stability and control in all operating conditions from lock-offs to fast running shots over rough terrain.
The Pilot system’s lightweight, low profile vest provides complete comfort and functionality for extended productions and during long, continuous shots. The no-tools adjustments make it easy to adjust on the fly.
The Pilot HD/SDI System comes standard with an expandable carbon fiber post. Utilizing the low mass gimbal, the operator can work effortlessly. The no-tools precision camera stage works as a solid base for the camera and facilitates easy and smooth adjustment from side to side plus fore and aft.
The expandable, carbon fiber post and interface to the stage form a solid bond to assure no jitter in pictures as the operator captures those unique scenes. The stage plate is indexed so that the camera can be removed and remounted without the need to readjust the balance.
The sled boasts a 3-axis gimbal and is equipped with counterweights for balance and positionable monitor, gimbal, and battery mounts. Counterweights are provided for balance. The lightweight sled compacts down when the lower cross tube is removed.
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