Steadicam Merlin Camera Stabilizing System

Steadicam Merlin Camera Stabilizing System

Steadicam Merlin Camera Stabilizing System

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Product Highlights

  • For Small Camcorders
  • Metal Gimbal

Steadicam Merlin Overview

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The Steadicam Merlin is a camcorder stabilizing system for small camcorders. This system utilizes a metal gimbal for smooth camera movement. Designed by Garrett Brown, this model outperforms its predecessor, the Steadicam Jr.

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The Merlin system is four times as smooth as the Steadicam Jr., but weighs much less. This gives the Merlin a look as smooth as Hollywood Steadicams.
Folding Caliper
With a click, the Merlin folds up into a small, compact size--easy to transport.
Gimbal
A three-axis control gimbal is utilized for smooth camera movement.
In the Box
Steadicam Merlin Camera Stabilizing System
  • Base Unit
  • Removable Dovetail Plate
  • Folding Counterweight with Platform
  • Start Weight
  • 6 x Middle Weights
  • 2 x End Weights
  • Camera Mounting Screw
  • Locating Pin
  • Gimbal Handle
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Steadicam Merlin Specs

    Construction Plastic and Metal
    Load Capacity 5 lbs
    2.6 kg
    Vest Optional
    Arm Optional
    Head Assembly/Top Stage Gimbal with Camera Mount
    Quick Release None
    Docking Bracket Optional Display Stand
    Dovetail Plate N/A
    Gimbal Metal Gimbal
    Dynamic Spin N/A
    Post N/A
    Monitor None
    Battery None
    Battery Mount N/A
    Optional Accessories Vest and Arm
    Weight 12.8 oz without weights
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.3 x 11.6 x 6.2"

    Steadicam Merlin Reviews

    Merlin Camera Stabilizing System is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 125.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to use. Hard to master I've still not got it perfect, but the footage I'm getting out of my 5 and 7d on this thing is pretty special. A huge plus is the fact that its so small - we shoot weddings, and we don't want to be intruding on ceremonies with massive rigs. It's heavy though - holding it for any period of time is a bit of a challenge, so the vest and arm are probably worth looking into (I'll be looking into it...) but I'm more than thrilled for the price. Small complaint though - the velcro on the handle is coming off after 2 days of very light use.
    Date published: 2012-02-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product Because it is so compact, it will come with me in my camera bag as part of my standard kit. This is a huge benefit of this model over many rivals. All stabilizers are just different designs trying to address the same physics therefore the difficulty of getting smooth stable shots with this rig doesn't differ from others that I have used. The documentation is a little strange with an integrated paper manual and DVD which need to be used in conjunction. A good attempt but I still wasn't orally clear on the device setup.
    Date published: 2012-02-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Learning curve. I'm still learning how to use this product since I only got it about a week ago and there is definitely a learning curve to this product. Getting it set up and adjusted to your specfic camera is no small task. And though it looks like it would be light weight it is not. I'm doing pushups every night so my arm won't be tired after working with it. But I am very glad I got the product and am looking forward to the learning curve being over so that I can really enjoy my new equipment.
    Date published: 2012-02-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good stabilizer for Canon 7D Very good stabilizer for Canon 7D
    Date published: 2012-02-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Real McCoy I have tried a Glidecam HD 1000 before the Merlin. This is the real thing - lightweight, easy to balance and with a remarkable carrying range. The manual and the DVD explain in detail everything and I was able to balance it in less than an hour for one camera (a 700 g Sony HC-7)- then a little more for a Nikon D7000 with zoom lens and accesories up to 2 kgs. The cooksheets on the Merlin site, with typical settings for various cameras are very useful. As for the stabilizing tests I did in the same day - this is the real stabilizer, believe me. Easy to control using either hand, the stabilizing effect immediately visible in the footage. You can carry it for hours, your hand will not get numb or start shaking because of the combined weight (as I sorry experienced on the Glidecam). Those roughly 2 pounds difference (after balancing) between these two rigs will show in your footage, believe me. In need of a good stabilizer I tried already everything meaningful - shoulder brackets, Glidecam, even a gyro from Kenyon Labs. None did the job like the Merlin. Points to emphasize: Compare the finish and useability of the Merlin with the competition. High quality, no nonsense, maximum portability (it folds). The balance paradigm itself is based on changing geometry BEFORE adding more weights - to keep it as light as possible on your hand. In comparison the Glidecam is heavy, mediocrely machined - and about portability I'll let you visualize that, just comparing pictures of each rig. Then the price difference: from the amount of Utube style contraptions one might think stabilizing is a trivial matter - easily done with home made devices, built from hardware store parts. If you see the gimbal on the Merlin you'll understand why this works while others just seem to work - and why the price difference. It's also the most delicate part - my only worry about this device.
    Date published: 2012-01-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It worths Its more than i expected, tks.
    Date published: 2012-01-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Merlin Steadicam review It took a while to get my TM900 balanced but I believe I got it pretty close. The problem I had on the weekend was that I was filming and I setup the merlin out of its case with the camera and could not get it quite right for the shot. Need lots of lead time to reset it up. I did get a couple of shots with it but for the first while it was horrible. I was in cramped quarters and that did not help. I believe once I get used to it however, it will add an extra dimension to my movies. Just don't expect to show up at a shoot and use it, practice with it for about 20 minutes+ beforehand.
    Date published: 2011-12-12
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from never been so frustrated I've had this about a week now - never been more frustrated in my life. Ie watched the dvd at least 20 times - the manual back to back. I'm about to return it. But stil holding onto it - hoping it will show me a little love.......
    Date published: 2011-12-09
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