August 13, 2015 at 3:40PM

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Affordable run and gun stabilizers

I'm interested in hearing some thoughts on what your personal favorites are when it comes to run and gun stabilizers (ie: Glidecam) I know there are tons of knock offs out there, and some other options like the Ronin, but just seeing what everyone prefers!

Looking to pick one up soon and seeing what some affordable options are.

Affordable = $1000 and less.

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What camera and lens are you trying to balance ?

August 13, 2015 at 8:22PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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At $1,400 the Ronin-M is a steal, in my opinion (again, depending on what camera you are trying to balance). I use a GH3 with the 10.5mm Voigtlander; it's a great combo. I use the Ronin on pretty much every shoot now, it just makes everything more dynamic and can be used to mimic the movement of a slider or a jib. I shoot a lot of weddings, and it has no problem handling that workload (being used for hours on end, in the elements, etc.).

In my experience, glidecams are impossible to balance and the reward isn't that great. The Ronin really gives you that floating effect everyone is looking for these days, and once you balance your camera for the first time it is totally user friendly and ready to go.

August 14, 2015 at 12:41PM

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Gabe Reuben
Director of Photography
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+1 on the Ronin-M. I too have been shooting on a GH3 and GH4 on the Ronin-M and it's been well received by the directors of some small-medium sized budget projects I've been on. Learning curve is not too bad on the gimbal either. Here are some sample shots of the Ronin-M with a GH3 and 12mm Samyang. Happy shooting! -George

Yes, a 12mm lens is still a 12mm lens, no doubt. Here are two videos with movement I shot with the 12mm Samyang lens. Definitely a bit of distortion, but in terms of relatively smooth movement, it's been serving me well. Cheers -George

https://youtu.be/YxYK8B6SoLQ
https://youtu.be/rySm-vvlm30

August 22, 2015 at 2:01PM

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George Mihaly
Director, Cinematographer, Editor at storyfirm.com
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I bought a Laing P-4s (sort of a Glidecam clone) for less than $300, and have been very happy with it. I did use my Manfrotto Sympla Variable Plate with it when shooting with DSLRs, both to add weight (and thus increase stability) and to make fine adjustments easier. I can balance it in about ten minutes, and can get excellent floating shots with it ... after practicing, of course.

August 14, 2015 at 11:31PM

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Minor Mogul
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Glidecam operation is very skill oriented so it needs some practice to learn.
Ronin or ronin-m are also skill based but at some point those are hassle free and free to move. its totally depends upon weight of the camera and lens to select which is best.

August 15, 2015 at 3:48AM

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Vishwanath Reddy
Director of Photography / Editor
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I've had great luck with my ProAm Autopilot, it clocks in just under $200, and while it's not the best stabilizer on the market, it does an incredible job stabilizing my Canon 6D. It's easy to balance too, which is a huge plus in my book. Hope this helps!
-Zac

August 19, 2015 at 12:38PM

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Zac Rogers
Director/Writer/DP/Editor
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I have a flycam that I got from ebay for fifty bucks which has work great!

August 19, 2015 at 11:17PM, Edited August 19, 11:17PM

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Michael Militscher
Director / Commercial Producer
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This little guy is picking up some steam. Might be worth a look.
http://www.came-tv.com/camesingle-3-axis-gimbal-camera-32bit-boards-with...

August 21, 2015 at 12:25PM

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Brandon Blackburn
Videographer / Editor
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I use the Blackbird with a GH3. It's a non-motorized handheld stabilizer. It's easy to set up and balance. I don't get perfect shots, despite practicing a lot, but I definitely get usable ones. Still working on perfection....but I think that perfection might not happen with such a light camera.

Had a Glidecam but it drove me nuts. Kept getting out of balance every few minutes. The Blackbird stays in balance for me and it's light so I can use it for a while. B&H is selling one for $469 right now.

August 22, 2015 at 12:00PM, Edited August 22, 12:00PM

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Maybe a tiny bit offtopic but I've had a lot of succes stretching my camera strap combined with a lens that has some kind of internal stabilizer. Probably not what you're looking for but perhaps some other readers may find use in this.

August 23, 2015 at 8:36AM

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r b
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Since I am shooting with a GH4 in 4K for a 1080 timeline and web distribution, I'm going to try the SteadXP. Super compact size, excellent maneuverability, low price, and the demo results shown online are amazing. One problem - it has not yet shipped.

March 22, 2016 at 1:15PM

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