I received my Steadicam Merlin yesterday - steadicam.com/handheldmerlin.html
Purchased from B&H:
bhphotovideo.com/c/product/382099-REG/Steadicam_MENNN_Merlin_Camera_Stabilization_System.html (800 USD).
I have tried to set it up both with standard battery and no accessories and as in this footage with my Kenko 0.5x wideangle lens. It seems a little harder to get perfect balance when the wideangle is installed but that might just be me. There was little wind in the forest, so the conditions were OK.
I'll write up a short list of my Merlin settings in a few days for anyone else who want to get a Merlin as well. I highly recommend it.
It took me a couple hours to set it up the first time. However, I did follow the manual and the DVD as adviced, so that's part of the reason. Now I understand the different settings and what effect they have. I can go from using wideangle to using just the camcorder in 5-10 minutes. It's not easy but don't expect it to be too hard either - just be patient with it and try to understand how it all works.
Enjoy the footage. It's 25p (PAL) in TV mode at 1/250 shutter speed. More contrast and color correction added in Sony Vegas Platinum 8.0d.
Music: Carl Nielsen "Symphony No. 5"
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