KEEP YOUR VIDEO PRODUCTIONDS MODERN AND FLUID WITH STEADICAM MERLIN
Industry leading stabilization device
Compatible with DSLR cameras with HD video capability
Merlin carrying capacity 2.3kgs
Arm & vest kit increases carrying capacity to 3.4kgs
Lightweight Aluminium construction
Patented 3 axis gimbal assembly for precise control and fluid movement
Complete with balance weights and quick release camera platform
The Steadicam Merlin offers light, agile, seamless shooting for today's videographer. Ultra-light and ultra-compact, the Steadicam Merlin allows you to keep up with the action more easily than ever.
Designed by Garret Brown, the inventor of the Steadicam Jr, the Merlin is the next generation hand held Steadicam system.
The Steadicam system is half the weight and four times as stable as the JR. Yet, it can move as smoothly as the big $60,000 rigs used in Hollywood.
The Merlin lets you "fly" wherever the scene takes you - up and down steps, inside and outside, through crowds - almost anywhere, wih precise, elegant control and ease. Its quick mount lets you instantly swap camera connections between your Merlin and any tripod. Merlin's design significantly reduces fatigue. So lightweight, it weighs less than a can of soda. With a compact DV, balanced and ready to go, the Merlin weighs about two pounds. Its rigid construction permits longer focal lengths than ever imaginable with a hand-held stabilizer.
Merlins unique extended weight system greatly increases inertial stability. And its counterbalancing weight can be precisely adjusted to balance cameras from 0.5 to 5 lbs. The new patent-pending "Folding-Caliper"TM hinge allows instant fold-up, perfect for shoulder-mounted shooting, and just as quickly, returns just as precisely for hand-held camera work.
The new Merlin arm and optional vest can be added to make extended shooting almost effortless. Even with heavy cameras - up to 3.2kg with the optional Metal gimbal - the Merlin can now fly for hours without undue fatigue, and preserve all the flexibility and reach of the operators own arms.
The optional 1.2kg Merlin vest is the lightest and thinnest ever made - it can even be worn under a tuxedo jacket - and it's designed to fit the entire gamut of human sizes and shapes. For 23kg eight-year-olds or 150kg linebackers, the Merlin Vest provides comfort and functionality for extended productions and long continuous shots. All adjustments are 'no-tools, including the right-arm/left-arm changeover.
Together the Merlin Arm and Vest increase your shooting options. The operator can ease the Merlin back against the body and shoot 'handheld' with both hands on the camera, and fly seamlessly back of the shoulder and continue moving. With practice operators can fly the Merlin one-handed right off the mounting post during a shot (docking the arm to the vest with the other hand) and execute those unique Merlin shot opportunities - ultra-low or ultra-high-angles - and then slip it back onto the arm to continue the shot.