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Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System with Arm and Vest Upgrade Kit

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Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System with Arm and Vest Upgrade Kit
Key Features
  • For Small Cameras Up to 5 Pounds
  • Create Smooth, Elegant Shots on the Fly
  • Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizer Included
  • Swing Arm and Vest Included
The Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System with Arm and Vest Upgrade Kit from B&H is a camera stabilizer solution for cameras weighing up to 5 pounds. The kit includes a Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizer, a swing arm, and a vest. Use the Merlin 2 on its own for handheld use, or attach it to the swing arm and vest for longer shot capability.
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Steadicam Merlin 2 Overview

The Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System with Arm and Vest Upgrade Kit from B&H is a camera stabilizer solution for cameras weighing up to 5 pounds. The kit includes a Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizer, a swing arm, and a vest. Use the Merlin 2 on its own for handheld use, or attach it to the swing arm and vest for longer shot capability.

The Steadicam Merlin 2 utilizes a metal gimbal to create smooth, professional-quality camera movements for your footage. It features a rigid camera plate, multi-angle viewable level, and large knobs for easy adjustments and use. When longer shots are required, attach the Merlin 2 to the included arm and vest using the secure metal interconnect. When placed on the swing arm, the weight of the camera is taken off your wrist and transferred to your torso, letting you shoot longer with less strain.

The Merlin Vest is one-size-fits-all and lightweight at only 2.6 pounds. The Arm is built to a 7/8 scale of the Steadicam Flyer, G-50, and G-70 arms, providing the same professional feel and performance but in a smaller package. The arm itself weighs 5.1 pounds, and it can support a camera payload between 2.5 and 7 pounds.

Please reference the links below for more information on the various components of this kit.

Steadicam Merlin 2 Specs

Steadicam Merlin 2 Reviews

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Hi,I am trying to balance a Merlin 2 Steadicam with a Sony A6300 with the kit lens, 16-50, do you have a recipe for this?I cant manage to have a proper balance..
Asked by: Marco B.
Hi,I had the same difficulty and was also disappointed from the device. I don't use it. Sorry I can't help
Answered by: Shaul G.
Date published: 2018-08-25

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is this too small for a 5dMKIII and 24-70mm 2.8 series lens?
Asked by: Larry S.
Sorry, I don't know the camera, but look the specification.I don't recommend the product, it is too heave and never used it.
Answered by: Shaul G.
Date published: 2018-08-25

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Hi. I've got a Blackmagic Micro. With the Metabones, lens and monitor, it weights 1,5 kg approximately. Is it good to go with this stabilizer? Thank you.
Asked by: Manuel A.
The manual says it works with cameras from .23 to 2.27 kg. So you are right in the middle of the range. Keep in mind that where you put the weight matters for balance. If the monitor is off to the the side it might make balancing tricky. You want the total center of gravity of all your stuff to be over the middle of the Merlin, not off to the side. The dove plate has various holes to attach the camera to in order to help you keep it centered. Rig your stuff all up and put a pencil under the camera to figure where the center of gravity is. Where does it balance? You fly a Merlin like an aircraft, so getting your CG (center of gravity) right is paramount. You balance it by where you exactly you put the counterweights, and how heavy the counterweights are. It's not exactly obvious, but with some experimentation you can figure it out. You start out making gross adjustments, then you refine it. You must be rather precise. Even at it's best it is a bit of a floaty platform, not rock solid like a gimbal. That's because the counterweights can only do so much to steady it, and once you have it balanced the camera moves quite freely. The big Hollywood rigs are more naturally stable due to their weight. I like to pan by turning my whole torso, not by steering the rig via the holding point over the handle, which seemed way too touchy to me. Maybe with a lot of experience you get better. I've got a Panasonic G7 on it, with a Rode Videomic Pro on top. Good luck!
Answered by: JOHN H.
Date published: 2018-08-26

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Can I use steadicam for underwater video at the sea water? ask about corrosion and the ability to stay stability underwaterI use gopro camera.
Asked by: Felix F.
no
Answered by: Tony A.
Date published: 2018-08-25

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will it work on heavier cameras?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Merlin 2 can only work with payloads up to 5lbs.
Answered by: Dana G.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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Is this fully waterproof for filming in pools or the ocean?
Asked by: Josh C.
I 've never tried it, and I think it would be a bad idea since the bearings are not sealed
Answered by: Michel R.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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How wide of a lens can you use with this before you start to see the rig at the bottom of the frame? Thanks.
Asked by: Andrew M.
Andrew... you can mount the camera so that the lens is as far forward as possible then use the balancing adjustment to counter it. This would ensure that you could not see the front of the arc in the bottom of the frame. 24mm is about as wide as we would recommend.
Answered by: Tiffen Support Tiffen Expert
Date published: 2018-08-25

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?Now I understand when everyone says initial balancing is pain. I am a having front heavy camera (Sony Nex Vg30H ) and struggling to balance. All the sample videos are listed for back heavy cameras. Please suggest any tips that will make my life easier. Thank you.
Asked by: Sivakumar D.
Please contact us at Tiffen Technical Support regarding your issue. We would be glad to assist you in balancing the Steadicam Merlin [email protected]<a href= http://tiffen.com target= _blank >tiffen.com</a>
Answered by: Tiffen Support Tiffen Expert
Date published: 2018-08-26
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