Steadicam Solo Stabilizer & Monopod with Vest Arm Kit

Steadicam Solo Stabilizer & Monopod with Vest Arm Kit

Steadicam Solo Stabilizer & Monopod with Vest Arm Kit


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  • Converts between Steadicam and Monopod
  • 3-Axis Gimbal
  • 10 lb Weight Capacity
  • Telescopically Extends to Four Sections
  • Includes QR Plate and Counterweights
  • Folds to 24"
  • Support Arm and Vest Included
  • Adjustable Load Range
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This B&H Kit includes a Steadicam Solo Stabilizer & Monopod and a Steadicam Solo Arm Vest that provides a stabilizer system, which, when used with the arm vest kit, allows stabilized camera work while transferring the weight of the system to your body, lessening fatigue and allowing for longer operating time. The kit supports up to 10 pounds of camera and accessories and can be used as a vest arm camera sled, a handheld stabilizer, or a monopod.

The Solo incorporates a 3-axis gimbal for smooth floating shots and folds down to 24" for transport and storage. The arm features an adjustment range of 4 to 15 pounds, and the vest is designed to be lightweight and slim, allowing you to wear it under a tuxedo jacket for use during formal events.

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Solo Stabilizer & Monopod with Vest Arm Kit is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good cost-effective Steadicam solution I got this to use with my Sony NX5U and it works really well. I was able to use the camera on this rig for near an hour without any problem, and I could have gone longer if I needed to. With just the Steadicam Solo alone, there's no way I could hold it for more than two minutes, the vest arm kit makes all the difference. It takes almost no effort to hold and control the camera. Both the Solo and the vest arm seem to be constructed well, especially compared to some of the less expensive alternatives. Balancing and setup takes a while intially, but it wasn't too bad. I had a Glidecam 4000 previously so I had some prior experience adjusting balance. It would also be nice if there was an LCD monitor option available for it.
Date published: 2015-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It works It is made decent, and for the price its a good buy. I've used this on weddings and short films and with a DSLR and lens it works great. The trick with these is balancing them. This one works for my purposes. The autolocking (friction dials) makes this the one to have, other models you have to manually unlock and lock the plate movement. This one you just turn the dials to adjust the balance of the camera. I would buy a Manfrotto QR plate because the steadicam one is annoying, and just mount the Manfrotto on top of it and use the shoe from the MFroto.
Date published: 2016-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this unit This is a relatively light weight unit and very comfortable. I have a 'bad back' and it felt really good to wear for at least a half hour without any pain. I made rough adjustments and it worked fine, but my assistant cameraman was familiar with the bigger setup and did the final adjustments. What a difference to have it totally in balance. And, here is the most interesting part, I used it with the Freedom360 vr rig. Of course, I was in the shot all the time, but moving the 360 rig around was great.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Steadicam shots with a low cost rig. The arm, sled & vest behaves just like a full size rig. I bought it specifically for a Sony FS5 camera. Great piece of kit to keep in a vehicle for the occasional steadicam shot as it doesn't take up a lot of space. Don't expect to become a compitent steadicam operator out of the box, it takes practice.
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best kit ever Amazing Product. I use it almost every day. After a little practice I had a beautiful steady shot
Date published: 2016-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value and well made. Works with Canon C100ii. A good priced package. I use this with my Canon C100 Mark II and it works well using six weights supplied and the monopod at almost minimum length for a good drop time. I've tried a cheaper version before (without vest kit) and the Steadicam is much better. Absolutely worth any price difference over cheap brands. Don't buy one without the vest, just too heavy. Arm and vest are great, easy to adjust the height of the camera and the vest size for a good fit. Instructions are excellent and include practice tips. Adjustments to balance are very easy to fine tune with hand screw adjustment on the sled. Minor criticisms: when sliding the monopod down or up, the bottom sled can move slightly laterally, so you need to make sure the sled stays aligned when adjusting height. Also, the arm of the steadicam is too narrow to fit on a light stand or c-stand. A wider handle that fits on to a standard c-stand or similar would be great for balancing. It would also be handy to have a built in spirit level to help balance it.. I bought a small one from the hardware store for under $5 but would prefer one on the sled. Overall, excellent value, and feels extremely well made and solid. Expect at least a couple of weeks balancing and practicing to get decent results. I don't know if I will use the monopod much, but it is good for resting between shots at the least.
Date published: 2017-09-10
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