CobraCrane SteadyTracker UltraLite

CobraCrane SteadyTracker UltraLite

CobraCrane SteadyTracker UltraLite

CobraCrane SteadyTracker UltraLite

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Product Highlights

  • 3 lb Capacity
  • Panning Control

CobraCrane SteadyTracker overview

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The Cobra Crane 210056 SteadyTracker UltraLite is a lightweight camera stabilization system for camcorders weighing up to 3 lbs. It features panning control with the ability to upgrade with monitors and low-mode accessories.

The SteadyTracker operates in the following modes:
  • Smooth "Flying Mode"
  • Monopod Mode
  • Locked Self-Supported Mode
  • Optional Static Body Mount (Vest) Mode
  • Periscope Mode
  • Optional Low Mode
In the Box
CobraCrane SteadyTracker UltraLite
  • UltraLite
  • Weights
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CobraCrane SteadyTracker specs

    Construction Aluminum
    Load Capacity 3 lbs
    Vest No
    Arm No
    Head Assembly/Top Stage Universal camcorder mounting plate
    Quick Release No
    Docking Bracket No
    Dovetail Plate No
    Gimbal Adjustable pan (not a gimbal)
    Dynamic Spin No
    Post Aluminum
    Monitor Optional
    Optional Accessories Monitor
    Low Mode
    Weight 2 lbs
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    Package Weight 4.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 25.2 x 8.0 x 4.6"

    CobraCrane SteadyTracker reviews

    SteadyTracker UltraLite is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 21.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Center Of Gravity - No Gimble Hello This is way cool. Go get a broom. Balance the broom stick in the air with 2 fingers - horizontal. You have found the Center Of Gravity. When you put a camera on one end of a stick and then hold the stick at the center of gravity and walk around your shots will be smooth. Very steady. Brilliant design. Perfected. No Gimble required. The Center Of Gravity works for smooth steady shots. I have shot with Super 8 Film Camers. It works great with my Flip HD, Kodak Zi8 other video cameras up to 3 lb. I am delighted with the smooth shots. It's just me - but the shots look like I have dolly track laid out and a dolly grip team. Quck. Grab it and shoot. Use it all day long. JOHN LONGENECKER
    Date published: 2011-05-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from For the price, a great product I purchased the SteadyTracker UltraLite to use with my Panasonic Lumix GH2 for wedding shoots. I found it really easy to balance, and after experimenting with grips and pad placement it's capable of producing very smooth pans and tracking shots. Of course, it won't be the same as setting up dolly tracks or using a far pricier steadicam/vest set up, but for the amount I spent, I think it's a very reasonable alternative. I've found the best placement of the grip pad is about two thirds up from the base, and maybe one finger on the actual pole for some support. Dutch angles are surprisingly smooth. Definitely practice with it before going out in the field, and don't expect to have much on it aside from your camera.
    Date published: 2011-06-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad at all. The results are good enough for the price. Set up was a bit more difficult than advertised, more because of a woefully vague instruction manual than actual product complexity. One quick trip to the manufacturer's YouTube channel, however, and it was set up and balanced. It does take some practice, mind you. The first time you try it you're probably going to be thinking you wasted your money BUT you need to practice/play with it for a day or so. Once you get the hang of it then you'll be zooming all over the place.
    Date published: 2011-10-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works better than expected Out of the box, I was able to assemble the SteadTracker in less than 5 mins (not bad for the first time using this product). Balancing it for the first time took no more than 90 seconds after a quick read through the manual provided (which is not long), and using it was a breeze.Reviewing the video footage after using it and I was amazed at the excellent results that I got, and it definitely increased the production value.My only major con with this is that the release plate is not compatible for use with other tripods, etc.
    Date published: 2012-08-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product BUT I'm not giving 5 stars because I had an issue with the quality control. The Steady is very nice, well build, easy to set up, made with an extraordinary strong material, however mine had the hole in the base a little off the center, and I had to have it drilled, giving me a hard time, this things should not happen ...
    Date published: 2011-03-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Practice makes perfect I use this with my Sony CX550V. It takes a little time to get the feel for this thing. I think it's a decent alternative to some of the pricier options out there. Basically, if you need to run with your camera...this is a nice option, it really does help smooth things out. It does come with a stadard mounting screw so that you can mount your camera to the adjustable plate. So you don't actually have to buy the quick detach kit that is offered to get started.
    Date published: 2010-11-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Faithful for years I have had the steady tracker ultralite for about 8 years. The same one. I recently had to replace the little pad that rests on your hand as it was wearing down, and I had lost one of the plastic feet and had to replace that, but this is for me the best stabilizer out there. I got amazing running and walking shots, I hold it way over my head for overhead shots, I stand it on the ground with the camera on it when I'm not using the camera, I pay, I dutch angle, I truck and dolly. My one suggestion is to combine it with a manfrotto removable camera plate mount. I have the same mount on this, my tripod, and anything else, so I can take my camera from one thing to the next, easily. I never have to adjust it, or weights or anything, I check the balance on occasion and if almost never need to tune it up, and I have shot with a Panasonic DVX100A, and now the HMC 150. The only thing is the handle is now placed all the way at the top. The other thing is after extended use on a day you'll have a slightly sore back, but stretch and you're good. Is it as good as a glidecam, almost footage wise, but way better in every other respect. 8 years!!! It's strong and durable and I'm buying another for one of my shooters, because it's just that good. Love it love it love. Best piece of equipment I own, use it all the time. Excellent price. You won't regret it, you just need to get used to it, and it's easy and great to use.
    Date published: 2010-10-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from For smaller cameras, use a monopod. For you folks using smaller mini cameras, like the FlipHD or the iPhone or similar cameras, just use your monopod and the Gary Fong iPhone clip. Find the center of gravity (the balance point along the shaft), hold it there, while you shoot and boom, instant Steadicam for your mini cam. We've been using it to teach kids how to shoot quality video on the Flip Camera for a few years now.
    Date published: 2011-06-29
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