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Thomas Meldgaard
Can a camera be too light for a stabilizer?
on May 20, 2011 at 3:58:20 pm

Hello

I'm looking at the glidecam HD4000, which is a steadycam rig that supports cameras from 4 to 10 pounds. At the moment my rig is very small, and weighs around or just under four pounds, but I am planning on expanding it, so I want room for that.

Can the camera being too light cause problems with balancing?


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Seth Estrada
Re: Can a camera be too light for a stabilizer?
on May 20, 2011 at 4:51:22 pm

Yes and no. You can always add a weight directly beneath your camera to 'beef it up', so to speak. Then you'll also be well-practiced for the time when you use a slightly larger and heavier camera.


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Noah Kadner
Re: Can a camera be too light for a stabilizer?
on May 20, 2011 at 8:57:41 pm

You'll be fine with that cam/rig combo.

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Thomas Meldgaard
Re: Can a camera be too light for a stabilizer?
on May 20, 2011 at 10:11:46 pm

Thank you for your answers.


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Brent Dunn
Re: Can a camera be too light for a stabilizer?
on May 23, 2011 at 4:52:00 pm

yes

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Brent Dunn
Re: Can a camera be too light for a stabilizer?
on May 23, 2011 at 4:53:26 pm

You really run into this issue with the steadicam pilot.

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Thomas Meldgaard
Re: Can a camera be too light for a stabilizer?
on May 24, 2011 at 7:20:04 pm

I'm not planning on investing in a pilot for a long while, or maybe ever.. so no worries.


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Sohrab Sandhu
Re: Can a camera be too light for a stabilizer?
on May 27, 2011 at 4:44:35 am

I can say from experience that without any accesories, both t2i & t3i are too light for Glidecam HD4000. I mount the Minipro LED light on top of my dslr which helps me balance the glidecam. But i have a vest so its easier for me.

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