Im shocked no one has even touched the subject.. here is my dilema.. had a glidecam 4000pro--(the arm breaker). sold on ebay for $250.00..Selling my XL1 for about $700.. sad.. not many buyers..and sellling a bunch other so i can get the 7D.. I still have my Flycam 6000 from india.. Half the price of a Glidecam smooth shooter..Eventhough it looks iike overkill.I figuered Ican still use it.. since.. I can mount batteriers, my LCD and that Juiced Link Audio Solution along with that H4N Audio Recorder..
this sounds like ti work just fine ..right? or am i missing something?
We just got back from Tibet & China using a hand held 5D Mark II only with Canon Stabilized lens for 4-5 second clips, you may need a tripod for longer. The 1920 x 1080 HD mov files looked sensational as well as the images with exposure spot on. You could of course stabilise in Premiere Pro >>>>>> Good luck with the 7D.
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You could try using a Canon HV20/30/40 for the not so important stuff, great stabilization etc and at 1440 x 1080 into Premiere Pro , but, actually shot at 1920 x 1080 very impressive little tape unit.
Thought I would chime in a bit - depends on what you're shooting. I find DSLRs need not only stabilization, but added weight in the form of 1.25# or 2.5# gym weights attached to a stabilizer. The T2i we're using weighs in under 2# with the included lens whereas most other cameras we've used are around 2.5-5#. When attached to a stabilizer, it's way too bottom heavy and the rig sways like a boat. Adding weight to the top AND bottom seems to help. If you're using rails and such, too, make sure to weigh it all out first.