VariZoom Stealthy Camera Support

VariZoom Stealthy Camera Support

VariZoom Stealthy Camera Support

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Product Highlights

  • 5 Support Modes
  • Aluminum Construction
  • Supports up to 3.0 lb
  • Supports 5.0 lb with Optional Weight Kit
  • Belt Clip
  • Set of 3 Counterbalance Weights
  • Camera Plate with 1/4"-20 Mount
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The VariZoom Stealthy 3-Point Camera Support is really 5 products in one. This very adaptable camera support allows you to switch effortlessly from a short monopod to a gimbaled stabilizer, a 3-point shooter support, a tabletop tripod, or a 6'+ tall monopod (with separate purchase of the Steathy-MP monopod extension). Constructed from lightweight aluminum, the Stealthy weighs only 1.7 lb and can support cameras up to 3.0 lb (or up to 5.0 lb with an optional weight kit). When not in use, you can comfortably hang the Stealthy from the included belt clip.

UPC: 877038005228
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VariZoom Stealthy Camera Support
  • Belt Clip
  • Camera Plate with 1/4"-20 Mount
  • Set of 3 Counterbalance Weights
  • Allen Wrench
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Construction Aluminum
    Load Capacity Standard: 0.5 to 3.0 lb (0.22 to 1.36 kg)
    Up to 5.0 lb (2.26 kg) with optional weight kit
    Modes Stabilizer, 3-Point Shooter, Handheld, Tabletop, or Monopod
    Gimbal Yes
    Optional Accessories Post extension to 6.0' (1.82 m)
    Weight 1.7 lb (0.77 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.3 x 10.4 x 5.7"
    Stealthy Camera Support is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 30.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from So and so I bought this Varizoom stealthy because I read a lot of good things about it, but trying it I felt very disappointed. I bought it mostly because it has steadycam capacities, but It is very difficult to balance it properly with my video camera (canon XF 100) even using the extra weight kit. When people use the extra weight kit the 3 point camera support isn't very convenient anymore. In fact I regret I bought it but as I got it sent to France, and I paid twice its price because of the taxes and the transport, I prefer to keep it hoping one day it will be of some use on a much smaller camera. Don't buy that support if your camera weight around or more than one kilo !
    Date published: 2014-07-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stealthy is exactly what I hoped I primarily use the Stealthy with my Sony HDR Handycam HDR CX and my Sony NEX 6 and have even tried it with one of my small point and shoot cams. All of these cameras weigh under 2.5 pounds What is great about this product is the flexibility it offers when I am out using it leisurely. It supports all of these cameras well and makes the handling much easier in hand held options. I do use the tripod feature on a table to shoot some video I bought the extra long monopod and glad that I did as I use it much more than I had expected. It is a stout little piece of hardware and I was pleased with the build. I don't use a heavy camera but I can say it works well with the ones I listed under 3 pounds. I think its great and does a lot but I wish it had included a case.
    Date published: 2013-08-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Versatile support, but tricky with BMPCC Mixed emotions about this support, because of the way it balances the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera. The Panasonic Lumix zoom OIS lens, 12mm-35mm, is an excellent lens for the BMPCC, but the lens is flush with the bottom of the camera, meaning that the Stealthy base plate touches the focus and zoom rings when mounted for the best balance. To overcome this, the camera needs to mounted on the end of the plate and put in backwards, so to speak. This cause the balance to be ultra time-consuming and very annoying in trying to use the gimbal. (I was never able to get it to be useable, because the BMPCC was so far back on the plate, it caused a clockwise or counterclockwise rotation.) The versatility of the mount, however, is remarkable in the 3-point mode and handheld mode (without gimbal). For some reason, Stealthy does not provide a convenient way to mount it on a tripod. It would be nice to use it on a pod and be able to just quick release it. I figured a way around the problem, but again, it was time-consuming and a little clumsy of a solution (required buying a plate riser from eyeDirect). Monopod configuration is so poor compared with the good construction of the Stealthy that I am surprised Varizoom offers it. I found the steadiest use of handheld to be the Stealthy on the Steddiepod (a competing monopod), but since Stealthy does not easily let you connect to another tripod, I had to use the plate riser from eyeDirect to make the connection. Don't get the extra weights for the monopod configuration. It is not worth it.
    Date published: 2013-12-10
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not ideal for larger DSLR cameras While the individual aspects seem great at first glance, the actual handling of the equipment with a camera attached (60D+lens) is unwieldy. It's difficult to balance and I found that it needs a lot of counterweight. I understand that using it takes practice, but I never felt like the product gave the sense of physical support and operator ease that I'd hoped or expected. Going from one mode of support to another is not trivial, nor is each mode without it's own specific issues. This was compounded by the very poor instructions, which are not thorough enough at all (e.g., no examples of typical problems/issues and how to address them). Telling the buyer that there's no way to learn how the gimbaled stabilizer is set-up without the buyer going online and watching a video is a clue to the many things not covered in the instructions. (The online video itself is not nearly as thorough as it could be - it breezily glosses over details normally found in an instruction manual - more of a quick demo if anything). Ultimately, I felt that if I'd purchased this item with a smaller handyCam or a lighter DSLR in mind, my experience would be different - but for any mid to large DSLR with a decent lens, the camera rests unsteadily and doesn't gain steadiness without a lot of fuss, all of which is undone when another mode is employed. It is a support built to be light rather than sturdy. In my opinion it was designed to address 5 functions for a light camera. For my needs, some of those functions (specifically - chest support) it does fairly well, while others (specifically - gimbaled support, the reason for my purchase) not well.
    Date published: 2013-08-02
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from not good for heavier DSLRS I think this product will be perfect for consumer camcoders with 3lbs or even less .For heavier dslrs i dont think its worth spending 300 above dollars for this product.The concept is really good.If im using it on my hdr-sr11 camcoder then i would have given it 5 stars.now a days there is no point of spending this much money for this product because sony has balanced optical stabilizer for most of their newer camcoders.B&H allow me a worry free return.
    Date published: 2013-07-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it. It's like the swiss army knife of video Im giving this unit for 5 stars not because it is perfect but because it is so versatile and does a great job at so many things. . Just like a swiss army knife offers scissors, screw driver, corkscrew, can opener the Varizoom Stealthy offers, stabilizer, tripod, monopod, 3 point shooter etc. This device is so inexpensive relative to all that is delivers it really is amazing. It clicks locks in to different modes easily and quickly just like swiss army knife that snaps in to position to be used or put away. Overall very pleased with functions, quality of build and especially price.
    Date published: 2015-05-24
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overall good but not perfect Pros: rather easy to balance, short monopod, 3 point stabilizing works well, handheld good. Cons: No belt clip came with the order. Tripod table, almost useless since you can not tilt the camcorder, extremely poor manual and instructions to balance the camcorder for stabilizer. Stealthy will not replace tripod and sturdy monopod
    Date published: 2013-06-27
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Ideal for 5D Mark II, III Works well in all areas advertised for my 5D Mark II EXCEPT for steadicam mode. Unfortunately, I bought this for steadicam use and in that respect, the Stealthy fails. Look elsewhere if you have a Mark II or a camera of equal weight and want to do smooth tracking shots. This won't work. The Mark II is simply too heavy and if you pay attention, the product demo always uses a small camera with no EVF, audio mixers or attached accessories. Though the 5D with lens is under the 5lb limit Varizoom states is the max capacity, it's still too heavy. When I tried to balance the Mark II - just the body, mind you - it took all the counterweights I had. Attaching the lens made it even heavier. Despite attaching an additional counterweight I purchased, the camera still wasn't balanced. The system was wobbly and unsuited for any steadicam use. Not to mention the tremendous weight and pressure placed on your wrist when you hold it (you're supposed to maneuver with one hand but that's not feasible). Forget attaching any accessory or EVF. Though everything else works, the steadicam issues make this a non-starter.
    Date published: 2014-01-30
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