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SteadicamMerlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System
 
4.3

(based on 93 reviews)

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    (48)

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    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (64)
  • Professional quality (63)
  • Lightweight (52)
  • Improves performance (45)
  • Highly compatible (21)

Cons

  • Limited compatibility (7)
  • Poor performance (5)
  • Poor design (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (53)
  • Complex projects (33)
  • Home movies (24)
  • In the studio (21)
  • Weddings (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business owner (33), Professional artist (30), Enthusiast (19), Pro photographer (5), Film student (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Merlin 2 Experience After 2 Months

Before getting the Merlin 2, I tried out different options borrowing a Glidecam, a Blackbird and the Merlin. The easiest rig to use, was the Blackbird. The learning curves for the Merlin...Read complete review

Before getting the Merlin 2, I tried out different options borrowing a Glidecam, a Blackbird and the Merlin. The easiest rig to use, was the Blackbird. The learning curves for the Merlin and Glidecam are steeper. The Glidecam strained my wrist, so I dropped it as a handheld option: having your hand under the center of mass as for the Blackbird and Merlin clearly makes them easier on the hand and make these two better suited for handheld in my opinion. (Many Glidecam users are stating it is not a problem for them, so maybe I simply need more weight training.) With a few hours of experimentation, I started to better control the Merlin. I needed something to travel with, and to have a minimum weight and volume, so the Merlin ended up as my favorite. With the recent price drop of the Merlin 2 from $[$]+ down to around $[$]I did not hesitate (I even got the $350 Xmas price :-) ). Now after 2 months experience, I am extremely happy with my choice. The only irritation is that the Velcro kept falling off. Tiffen should not have put such a cheap flimsy strap onto what otherwise is an extremely well engineered device. My solution was to fix the Velcro's with nylon fishing line (and some scraping and glue). Since this is on the handle, it has no effect on the balance or anything else of importance. The balancing is not difficult (providing you are not shooting for dynamic balance), providing you do the adjustments in small steps. The important lesson I learned though is that when the manual says the Merlin works best with a drop time of 1 second, it really is what you should try to achieve. I initially was shooting for 2 to 3 seconds drop time, because I had seen too many pendulum movies, but that was a big mistake. With so slow drop times, it is very difficult to keep the rig level, and even if you are very careful not to "over compensate" the rig is "oversensitive" and you get erratic disturbing mini-pans, and my rig also tended to slowly drift counterclockwise (with my camera and mic: I first thought it was the gimbal, but I now think this tendency was a combination of camera geometry and the extremely small forces required to accelerate a "perfectly balanced" (virtually no bottom heaviness) rig). With a drop time of 1 second, (and after a lot of practice) the rig behaves very well for me. As many have pointed out before, wind is a problem, but you cannot have it both ways: both something you can travel with and actually use handheld without exhausting your hand, AND something that stands it's grounds in a storm... because it is so heavy.One thing I wish was better covered though is how to get the rig into dynamic balance. There is a spreadsheet for the previous version of the Merlin, but a thorough explanation would have saved users a lot of time. The key with dynamic balance, is that if you manage to get such balance, the rig will not suffer from rocking during (and after) a (fast) pan. The relationship between static and dynamic balance is straight forward. Static balance is simply that the center of gravity (CG: in practice the center of mass) of the device (plus camera) is at the origin of the gimbal. In this case, when the device is at rest, all the forces imposed by the mass distribution is balanced out and it will stay at rest. In practice as mentioned above, it is easier to operate when the CG is shifted slightly below that point (bottom heavy) so a drop of the spar takes around a second.The trouble is that when the rig is not at rest (even when it is in static balance) and you do a fast pan, the rig may start to behave like a drunk rocking chair. The reason is an unbalance of forces due to the rotation. Dynamic balance implies that when there is rotation along some axis (going through the origin of the gimbal) the forces required for the inward (towards the axis of rotation) acceleration of all masses, are perfectly balanced out; i.e. the net force on the axis (relative the reaction point) is zero. (For every virtual mass point, an inward force towards the axis of rotation is required to bend the mass away from the straight path the mass would otherwise take if no force was acting on it: the centripetal force.) If the device does not have dynamic balance, when it is rotated (panned) it will rock indicative of the combination of the "centrifugal" imbalance and the skewness in how you applied the "panning force": the latter is important to remember since you are a part of the equations. So how do you get the Merlin 2 into dynamic balance ? On symmetric rigs, where one can change the position of masses (e.g., a battery) horizontally without changing the vertical distance to the origin of the gimbal, Jerry Holway's "A Dynamic Balance Primer" will get you there. For the Merlin 2, however the only fore-aft movement independent of the vertical distance to the origin of the gimbal is the fore-aft movement of the camera. When you change the angle between the spars, you are changing both the vertical and horizontal distances to the gimbal origin from the weight at the end of the lower spar. Therefore, trying to use "intuitive theoretical physics" can make your head explode. Below is my "trial and error try it all" approach.For the Merlin 2, the first thing to ensure is that the weight at the end of the lower spar sits on the opposite side of the vertical rotation axis to the front. This excludes using the rig with the larger spar angles. This may require more weight on the lower spar depending on camera/mic weight (and I wish the rig came with some smaller weights to make this easier: you can improvise or get a machine shop to make some 1/2 or 1/3 size weights).The second thing to do is to figure out the range of spar angles that still allows you to get the rig into static balance. Notice the number of turns on the spar knob for the window, and also the interdependent number of turns (position) you used on the guide ring. Take your time: this is your window of opportunity that hopefully exist for your setup.Start with everything at the midpoint of this window. Do a large number of pans trying your best to apply a "symmetric force". (If you practice a bit, you can let the rig spin around and around by alternating the hand on the handle. When you do it that way, even a slow pan will work to highlight the dynamic imbalance: I found this to be the easiest way to get reproducible results.) Look for a reproducible rocking pattern: did the nose go up or down first ? If there is no reproducibility you are applying skewed forces that are not triggering a clean pan: the results are useless. Now change the spar angle in small steps systematically in one direction. For every step redo the panning experiments. Are there any systematics in the change of behavior ? Repeat through the entire window in both directions. Write down the results at every step: do not think you have found the solution before you have seen the entire window. If you are patient, you will find the most steady combination of settings that fit your camera/mic and just as important: how the behavior change as you change the angle: invaluable knowledge if you use different accessories on the rig and often need to do major rebalancing.For my rig (weight of cam/mic just below a kilo), I ended up with a situation were the rig became very very much easier to control with no rocking chair tendency during pans. It has been a true wah wah woo.The Merlin 2 has given us the possibility of pro looking video from a moving handheld camera, and it is so light you can take the camera and rig with you everywhere (and it does not need batteries or complex electronics, servos or gyroscopes) so thanks goes to Garret Brown for this great invention: simplicity, performance and practicality on steroids (only a master camera man could have designed this) for those willing to take the effort required to operate it. Now, we are only waiting for Blackmagic's next version of their pocket camera (a crop factor of 2 (slightly bigger sensor giving a wider angle range on the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm lens) and a 4:2:2 60fps codec additional option would make this pro video quality camera a multipurpose killer camera at an unbeatable price point). The Merlin 2 and the Blackmagic pocket camera can become a match made in heaven. Then the obligatory question: would you recommend this product to a friend ? For a device like the Merlin 2, that is like asking if you want to recommend a Stradivarius to a friend. If the friend plays the violin well, or is willing to learn; no doubt. But if he/she just want to annoy the neighbor with some jamming, it would be a waste of money. You also have intermediate settings. If someone need a stabilizer to get ok handheld video tomorrow, get the Blackbird. However, if you have a passion of telling stories through videography and are willing go through the learning phase of the Merlin 2, I think this mini-Steadicam will become a invaluable tool you will always bring with you.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Feels a bit like a beta release still

On the one hand, a good revision of an amazing device; and on the other many rough edges still remain.There are many differences between what is seen in the DVD and how the thing...Read complete review

On the one hand, a good revision of an amazing device; and on the other many rough edges still remain.There are many differences between what is seen in the DVD and how the thing looks now. There are annoying illogicalities (for example, the gimble thread works in the opposite direction to how it's described, and its net effect is not described.) But the biggest problem is that the much-referred-to "Merlin 2 Cookbook" ......doesn't have any settings in it. There is no handy calculator like for the Merlin 1. Merlin 2 has been out for over 6 months now, so there's no excuse for this. It means you have to spend hours, starting from scratch with your camera.On the product I received, the stage "trim" wheels are extremely difficult to move; I think it may have to go back to the factory. The velcro doesn't hold the handle properly and the little plastic device on which to rest the lens has already had some issues. The rest of it feels nice and solid.In case it helps anyone, dismount your radio mike receiver if you have one atop your camera, and move it down to the bottom weights area. To mount it is difficult, but I discovered that an old DVD or CD will actually fit beautifully between the weights and provide something to attach it to.

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4.0

Good Quality, Hard Setup

By mgb3558

from Kansas City, MO

About Me Hobbyist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Professional Quality

Cons

  • Hard to use
  • Poor Performance

Best Uses

  • Home Movies
  • Independent Films

Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

Really nice quality. Instructions are horrible, and it takes forever to set up. I have a lighter camera, A6000. And I still haven't got it set up quite right yet after 2+ hours.

Hopefully I can update this review on it's actual use once I get it right. On sale, it's a very good product for the cost.

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4.0

Excellent Versatility

By Andy the Steadicam guy

from San Diego, CA

About Me Professional Cameraman

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Improves Performance
  • Lightweight
  • Professional Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects
    • Home Movies
    • Independent Films

    Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

    The Merlin 2 allows great versatility in capturing smooth motion shots. As someone who has operated full size Steadicams for the past 13 years, it amazes me that the Merlin 2 allows me to create smooth shots that are simply not possible with Steadicams that include a vest, arm and sled. This is because the Merlin 2's small profile and hand held operation allow the camera to be flown near the ground or overhead or transition between the two.

    A full Steadicam with arm and vest allow the camera to travel only 28 inches vertically due to the limited range that the Steadicam's isoelastic (spring) arm can extend down and up. Without the vertical limitations of the Steadicam's arm, the Merlin 2 can start with a shot with the camera 18 inches from the ground. I like to starts shots near people's feet and rise up to reveal their faces. Another favorite shot is to start with the camera behind an object and rise up or lower down to reveal the main subject.

    The Merlin 2 also allows me to shoot motion shots in tighter spaces than a full size Steadicam, it folds to fit easily into a backpack, and can be used in many locations, because it's small size does not attract a lot of attention.

    It's not perfect, however. Something this light is very easily thrown out of balance with even the slightest change in configuration. For example, if I balance the Merlin 2 with my Canon 70D's LCD flip-out screen in a vertical position and then decide that I want to tilt the LCD to face upward slightly, I will have to adjust the balance again to compensate for this very slight shift in weight. A heavier Steadicam is not nearly as sensitive to slight weight shifts.

    Properly balancing any Steadicam is quite tricky for most beginners, so prepare yourself to face the learning curve. With practice you will get much faster, but initially it can be frustrating. Balancing must be done properly in order to create the smoothest shots.

    Although a full size Steadicam is much heavier than a Merlin, it is less fatiguing to operate for extended periods of time, because the weight of the the system is distributed through the torso and legs, as opposed to just one arm supporting the Merlin.

    A Steadicam arm is also much more effective than a human arm at isolating the camera from the natural bounce in an operator's step, so very smooth shots are easier to achieve. It is possible, however, to purchase a Steadicam arm and vest that will work with the Merlin.

    Overall I love the Merlin 2 for all the versatility that it provides in my cinematography work and I highly recommend it, as long as you are willing to put in the time to learn to balance it properly and develop your operating skills.

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    5.0

    Amazing Stabilizer for the price

    By Videographer

    from Cincinnati, OH

    About Me Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

      Works fantastic once you get it balanced. Takes a few days to get the hang of it, but once you do, you get great results.

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      5.0

      Results are overwhelming.

      By iPixels

      from Canada

      Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

      Takes some time to learn how to balance my 5Dmark III and 16-35mm f2.8L II. Finally nailed it after reading the manual, watching DVD and also did some research. Takes a lot of practice and the end results are overwhleming.

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      5.0

      Great small steadicam.

      By Ric

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • In The Studio

        Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

        Once you get the knack of the balance, this is an excellent stabilizer for small scale adaptions.

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        4.0

        Good Gear, Bad Directions

        By M.D. Welch

        from Reno, NV

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

          First, if the directions for setup of this unit were better, this would be a 5 star piece of equipment.

          This is not my first camera stabilizer, having working with Glidecam products at different job for a year. I decided to get the Merlin 2 for my Sony A7S, since I don't need a big unit to handle a small camera.

          My previous experience helped me a ton with setup since the direction and manual were really bad. BTW, Glidecam's manuals are far worse. Even the DVD that ships with the product could use some work.

          Steadicam has a Cookbook site for all the weights for easy setup, but that site doesn't look like it has been updated often, which in the day of cheap camera rental doesn't make any sense.

          The unit itself is top notch, and with a marked camera plate and clear markings on the unit, setup is a 1/4 of the time as a Glidecam unit. Plus the unit folds in half, making transport super easy.

          Do keep in mind that this unit work better at some things than the Glidecam, and vice versa. Research the type of moves you want to do with the camera before you buy either a Steadicam or Glidecam.

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          4.0

          Be patient when setting up for 1st time

          By Airline Guy

          from Minneapolis, MN

          About Me Pro videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

          • Challenging To Setup

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

          Prior to investing in this stabilizer, I had only used pre-existing Steadicam systems, therefore hadn't needed to set up the system for the first time. It took me significantly more time than anticipated to get it right, but once I did - as expected - this product is smooth as silk.

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          5.0

          Excellent product

          By PM

          from Orlando

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

              I bought this in hope to be able to do some quality moving shots with my DSLR. Setting this up takes a little effort, but once it is balanced it is pretty smooth. The kit itself is very well made. Solid. Great case.

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              5.0

              Great!

              By JD

              from Annapolis, MD

              About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist, Teacher

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Highly Compatible
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Independent Films

                Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

                I got a great deal on this, but definitely worth the money. If you've used a glidecam, in the past, then setup is pretty easy (follow the DVD). It feels lighter & easier to use than the glidecam, and you can't beat the really easy case it comes with. Using it for documentary shooting.

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                5.0

                Practice makes perfect

                By Arnie

                from Charleston, SC

                About Me Business Owner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adds Production Value
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                • You Need To Practice

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films

                Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

                Once you get things trimmed and get the time to practice it's a great tool for giving your videos more production value.Definitely look at the DVD and definitely read the manual.Here are some tips that are very helpful: Get the display stand!!B&H # STMDU Mfr # 801-7910. This lets you put the handle onto a stand so that you can use both hands to trim, and on shoots you can put it down without having to retrim. It will save you hours! And you won't have a sore hand the next day. Try to trim WITHOUT a camera the first try. This will give you a quick idea of the trim process and sensitivity of the rig.Cut the foam out in the case so you can store Merlin with the weights on the rig.Those three tips, I think, will make your experience even more fun .

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                5.0

                Great Stabilizer at Sale Price

                By Borizio

                from New York

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Highly Compatible
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                • Can Be Complicated

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

                Great product once properly set up, but takes some fiddling to get right, like probably all stabilizers. 5 stars because of the great price at a [$] sale.

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                4.0

                Good but difficult to use it.

                By MK

                from Los Angeles

                About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Blackmagic Pocket Cinema
                • Compact Design
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use
                • Limited Compatibility

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films

                Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

                it was kinda easy to make it balance for me but it is difficult to use it
                compares to other products it turns right or left side too easily because of super smooth gimbal handle.
                Maybe I need practice or maybe I need arm and vest?

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                3.0

                Super Smooth - Challenging setup

                By CHI Larry

                from Chicago

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

                    Want shake free video footage - use the Merlin 2. Plan for at least 1 hour set up. Really works best with video cameras that have both a tripod socket and key hole to hold camera in correct orientation. DSLR and point and shoot cameras tend to want to twist because there is no key hole to retain orientation.

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                    5.0

                    Practice makes perfect

                    By Arnie

                    from Charleston, SC

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Independent Films

                      Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

                      Once you get things trimmed and get the time to practice it's a great tool for giving your videos more production value.
                      Definitely look at the DVD and definitely read the manual.
                      Here are some tips that are very helpful: Get the display stand!!
                      B&H # STMDU Mfr # 801-7910. This lets you put the handle onto a stand so that you can use both hands to trim, and on shoots you can put it down without having to retrim. It will save you hours! And you won't have a sore hand the next day.
                      Try to trim WITHOUT a camera. This will give you a quick idea of the trim process and sensitivity of the rig.
                      Cut the foam out in the case so you can store Merlin with the weights on the rig.
                      Those three tips, I think, will make your experience even more fun .

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                      5.0

                      Great stabilizer

                      By Brendan

                      from Los Angeles

                      Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

                      I got this one over the glide cam mainly because of all the reviews about the center of balance being above the handle instead of in front of it. I am using this with a D810 and a 14-24 lens, so it is a pretty heavy load and I was worried about fatigue. I haven't done extended shooting with it but from what I have done it is great, I did some running shots and it does take practice like everyone says, but the footage looked great once I could steer it correctly. I look forward to mastering it a bit more but from here it's certainly my own lack of skill to get better results, the product is great and well built, I love the case. My only cons, you can't set it down very easily, as you must lay it down, also the case smells really bad when the new, new foam smell is very strong, but I'm sure that will wear off.

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                      4.0

                      Excellent Product

                      By Aaron

                      from Philadelphia

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Limited Compatibility

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

                        We use this system with our Nikon D610 and Sigma 24-70mm lens. It didn't take too long to balance even though the lens we are using is on the heavier side. My only complaint is that our D610 tends to unscrew easier than I would like since it's location for the mounting stud is not in the typical location. Not so much a fault of the Merlin 2, but it would have been nice if there were more mounting options. Over all this is an excellent product.

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                        5.0

                        Origin of the Species

                        By paulconradx

                        from Austin TX

                        About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

                            My road-weary JR had had enough, and so this Merlin2 feels like a dream. I did research a small handful of alternatives, but ultimately decided to stick with one that Mr. Brown made. Customer service at B&H was fantastic...it was easy to reach humans by phone with questions before I ordered, and shipping was exactly on schedule. Thanks much!

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                            5.0

                            WAY BETTER THAN OTHER STEADICAMS

                            By Ramos Valencia

                            from Los Angeles CA

                            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

                                Setup is way easier and you dont need tools. The most important thing is that the main weight it on top of your hand instead of other stedicams like the glide-cam where the camera is infront of the hand so im sure if you look into ergonomics, it makes way more sense and its easier to have the weight on top of your hand, and thus it makes it easier to use and you dont get tired that fast. I love the fine tuning metals on top that make it way easier to do a fine balance while you are in set.

                                Great buy!

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                                5.0

                                merlin 2

                                By stevo

                                from florida

                                About Me Professional Artist

                                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 Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

                                  I use this with my canon 5dmll and 16-35 ef lens. It works great just takes a little practice. I use two hands to help guide the camera. the set up is easy I use hole N, one mid and finish weight on the front, and 3 mid one finish on the end.and the #7 on the plate. You can find lots of setups just google merlin 2 cook book. When not in use it folds up small and stays true to the settings.

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                                  4.0

                                  Portable and works great

                                  By M

                                  from Los Angeles

                                  Comments about Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System:

                                  High quality build. The balancing is difficult. Needs many hours of practice to fly this thing properly. The breakdown of the product is easy and the nice case is very convenient.

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