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Neil Orman
Choosing hand-held rig for 5D Mk 3
on Sep 10, 2014 at 4:12:02 pm

Hi,
I'm pretty new to DSLR, and am looking for a hand-held rig for my Canon 5D Mark III that allows me to do smooth camera moves. I'd be grateful for any suggestions. I checked with a sales rep at B&H who gave me the following three recommendations, and said of these he would choose the CobraCrane SteadyTracker Xtreme (the top link), which is the most expensive of these three. Let me know if you disagree or think there are better choices, thanks a lot:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/568492-REG/CobraCrane_5046_SteadyTrac...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/986155-REG/vidpro_sb_10_steadycam_vid...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/884808-REG/revo_st_1000_pro_video_sta...

Neil


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Bill Bruner
Re: Choosing hand-held rig for 5D Mk 3
on Sep 11, 2014 at 12:13:58 pm

Hi Neil - welcome to the world of DSLR video. Getting smooth handheld shots from a relatively heavy camera such as the 5D Mark III can be a challenge. I use a Flycam 5000 because the "pole type" stabilizers with longitudinal weights allow for finer adjustments than the curved type.

If I were you, I would spend about $130 on an Opteka Steady Vid SV-HD instead of the CobraCrane - which seems a little overpriced to me.

You should also be aware that arm fatigue can be an issue with these stabilizers after a few hours of use.

To deal with this, I bought a Body Pod to go with my Flycam. It helped a lot.

Hope this is helpful and good luck!

Bill
Hybrid Camera Revolution


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Neil Orman
Re: Choosing hand-held rig for 5D Mk 3
on Sep 16, 2014 at 4:32:37 pm

Thanks a lot Bill.


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