Steadicam Zephyr Camera Stabilizer (AB Battery Mount, Standard Vest)

Steadicam Zephyr Camera Stabilizer (AB Battery Mount, Standard Vest)

Steadicam Zephyr Camera Stabilizer (AB Battery Mount, Standard Vest)

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  • Payload - 24 lb (11kg)
  • Adjustable Iso-elastic Arm/Standard Vest
  • Dual-axis Vernier Adjustable Stage
  • Camera Mounting Chassis/Removable Sled
  • Telescoping Centerpost
  • Standard 7" LCD Monitor
  • Knurled Gimbal Handle
  • Standard Vest / AB Battery Mount
  • Docking Bracket / Dovetail Plate
  • BNC - RCA / RCA - BNC Adaptor
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Steadicam ZEBASDBVZZ overview

  • 1Description

The Steadicam Zephyr Camera Stabilizer (AB Battery Mount, Standard Vest) is a camera stabilizer system that supports camera payloads up to 24 lb (11kg). You are offered enhanced inertial control, and allowed to make dynamic adjustments to the base of the stabilizer system.

Included with the Zephyr is the Standard Vest that integrates an ergonomic design with solid metal shoulder fasteners. A stiff front spar and yoke combined with a vertically adjustable socket block allows you to use the Zephyr for extended lens heights, especially in low-mode. Easy cleaning of removable vest and pad covers is also possible. A camera weight of 5–24 lb (2.2–11 kg) can be supported via the Iso-elastic arm that can be adjusted without any tools. Integrating a 2-stage arm design, the Iso-elastic arm can be separated for storage and transport. Also included is a carbon fiber centerpost.

Augmented stability during camera mounting is provided via the dovetail stage base. You are also provided with a standard composite BNC input connector and a RCA output connector. Anton Bauer battery mounts are provided with the Zephyr system. Easy adjustments are possible to the rigid aluminum battery or monitor rod rendering it suitable for storage and transport. A single knob rod-release feature is also incorporated for quick setup. Included with the Zephyr system is the Standrd 7” Composite LCD Monitor providing enhanced image quality and a wider viewing angle via aspect ratios of 4:3/16:9, and brightness of 500 cd/m2.

Inertial control is offered via standard Steadicam Merlin type balance weights, and balance control is provided via a standard 1/4-20 mounting hole at the sled base and additional balance weights. You are also offered a gimbal that incorporates a knurled ergonomically designed grip. The XY Vernier stage of the Zephyr stabilizer system is constructed from aluminum and provides rigidity while a dovetail plate design is integrated into the stage. Also included is a soft case for system storage.

Supports camera payloads up to 24 lb (11kg)
Offers enhanced inertial control
Allows dynamic adjustments to the base of the stabilizer system
Includes the Standard Vest that integrates an ergonomic design with solid metal shoulder fasteners
Stiff front spar and yoke combined with a vertically adjustable socket block allows you to use the it for extended lens heights, especially in low-mode
Provides better durability of the vest via removable vest and pad covers that can be easily cleaned
Iso-elastic arm - supports camera weight of 5-24 lb (2.2-11 kg) and can be adjusted without any tools
Iso-elastic arm - integrates a 2-stage design and can be separated for storage and transport
Includes a telescoping carbon fiber centerpost
Provides augmented stability via the dovetail stage base
Includes standard composite BNC input connector and RCA output connector
Includes AB Battery Mount
Allows easy adjustments to the rigid aluminum battery or monitor rod rendering it suitable for storage and transport
Provides enhanced image quality and a wider viewing angle with aspect ratios of 4:3/16:9 via Standard 7" Composite LCD Monitor
Facilitates quick setup via a single knob rod-release feature
Offers inertial control via standard Steadicam Merlin type balance weights
Balance control is provided via standard 1/4-20 mounting hole at the sled base and additional balance weights
Includes a gimbal that incorporates a knurled ergonomically designed grip
XY Vernier stage - constructed from aluminum and provides rigidity
Dovetail plate design is integrated into the stage with fore and aft safety stops
Includes a soft case for storage
In the Box
Steadicam Zephyr Camera Stabilizer (AB Battery Mount, Standard Vest)
  • Camera Mounting Chassis (sled)
  • Telescoping Centerpost
  • 7" LCD Monitor
  • Iso-Elastic Arm
  • Standard Vest
  • AB Battery Mount
  • Docking Bracket
  • 12V Power Cable
  • 3' (0.9m) Lightweight BNC Video Cable
  • Dovetail Plate
  • Hard Case with Handle and Wheels
  • BNC to RCA Adapter
  • RCA to BNC Adapter
  • EFP Instructional DVD
  • Owner's Manual
  • 4 x Merlin Start Weights
  • 4 x Merlin Middle Weights
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Steadicam ZEBASDBVZZ specs

    Load Capacity 24 lb (11 kg)
    Vest Standard Vest
    Arm 2-stage Adjustable Iso-elastic Arm
    Head Assembly/Top Stage Dual-axis Vernier Adjustable Stage
    Dovetail Plate Drop-in Standard Design Dovetail Plate
    Gimbal Delrin Knurled Gimbal Handle
    Monitor Standard 7" Composite LCD Monitor
    Battery Mount AB Battery Mount
    Warranty 1 Year
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 30.0 x 20.0 x 22.0"

    Steadicam ZEBASDBVZZ reviews

    Zephyr Camera Stabilizer (AB Battery Mount, Standard Vest) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Professional Tool I operated Steadicam back in the days of ARRI IIIs and similar behemoths. The sleds back them were heavy, required a bag of tools for set-up and were absolutely worth the effort involved as they were instrumental in makinig great images. I researched the current crop of Steadicams and settled on this one because of the excellent vest, upgraded arm and the ability to fly a medium weight camera. (See note below regarding really light cameras) First impressions are very good. The build quality is excellent, and the ease of adjustment, now essentially tool free, is impressive. The vest is easily adjustable and comfortble. The ratchet buckles allow you to quickly loosen the vest during breaks, and have it back in shooting form with a simple snap. The padding seems ample, and the range of adjustment is impressive. The arm is very easily adjusted and reminds me of the arms of the old, top end, units. It seems to me they spent a few years cutting back on the quality of the arm to meet a price point, and there is none of that in evidence here. This is beautifully engineered. The sled is fairly compact. I'm not sure how tough the carbon tubes will be over time, especially where the sled docks just under the stage. Monditor and battery adjustments are simple, though you often need to fully unscrew the locking pins when packing and unapacking the unit from the case. The SD and HD composite inputs are workable, but require converters when working with smaller camcorders or DSLRs. Case and aks are nicely fitted and the wheels/handle on the hard case function smoothly. A few caveats: I bought the version with the SD monitor, and it has no frame-line generator, a feature I took for granted on a Steadicam. There is also no spirit level. Light cameras present a bit of a challenge for this unit as the beefier arm can have too much lift for a small camcorder. With a light camera, the sled will balance, but the gimbal is, of neccesity, towards the center of the vertical shaft, not my favorite place to operate. I built a steel baseplate for my lighter camera, adding about three pounds (9 pounds total weight) and this took care of most of the issues. Overall, I'm deeply impressed with this unit, but would suggest one of the other models is you consistently fly light camcorders/DSLRs and don't need the extra capacity. Don't forget that, for full Steadicam functionality you may find yourself adding remote focus/zoom and wireless video transmission, tricks that will roughly double the cost of the unit.
    Date published: 2013-04-11
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