The Steadicam Camera Stabilizer Kit with Merlin 2 and Pilot-VL System with V-Lock Mount from B&H is a two stabilizer package that includes the Steadicam Merlin 2 and the Pilot-VL Camera Stabilization System.
The lightweight Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System weighs just 1.4 lb and can handle cameras up to 5 lb in weight. It gives you precise, elegant control for dramatic, professional-looking footage. The quick-release mount lets you instantly switch between your stabilizer and any tripod. This system utilizes a metal gimbal for smooth camera, floating camera moves.
For longer shoots and slightly heavier cameras, use the Steadicam Pilot-VL Camera Stabilization System. The vest and arm system take the weight of the camera off of your wrist and distribute it across your shoulders and torso. The system is designed for 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. A V-Lock battery mount is also included for powering the monitor with V-Lock batteries.
Please see the links below for more information on the various components of this kit.
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
Optional Merlin Vest and Arm available
Secure metal interconnect to Merlin arm post
Steadicam Pilot-VL Camera Stabilization System
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 standard definition 5.8" monitor, iso-elastic arm, ultra low-profile vest, lightweight sled with CarbonLite expandable post, and a backpack.
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" 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 supports standard definition and features an RCA jack for input.