The Camera Motion Research Blackbird Stabilizer Gives Glidecam a Run for Its Money
As I've said before, if you want a simple, no-nonsense review of a product, Dave Dugdale over at Learning DSLR Video is a good place to start. This time Dave takes a look at the Camera Motion Research Blackbird Stabilizer which is a camera stabilizer similar to the Glidecam and Steadicam Merlin products. Ryan has talked about the Glidecam in the past, but more and more companies have been getting into the camera stabilizer business in the last few years. Check out Dave's review below.
Dave's Blackbird review:
Here is Dave's Glidecam review:
I know how complicated it is to get good results from any stabilizer -- which is why a professional might use an Archer or MK-V and their daily rate is just about the highest of any member on set (for good reason). If you're using a DSLR and need to get smoother-looking camera movements, and aren't looking to spend a lot of money, one of these smaller stabilizers could do the trick. I've used the Steadicam Pilot in the past, but that might be overkill if you've never used a stabilizer before. Getting proper balance takes a lot of practice, and if your camera only weighs a few pounds (like a DSLR), the Blackbird looks like a decent option.
Camera Motion Research makes two models, the BB100 which costs $470, and the 2050A which runs for $670. The higher-priced model has a few more accessories that come right in the box, so depending on how much you're willing to spend, it might be worth the extra $200.