Thanks for watching Jeff. I've used both versions, the 2 does seem slightly sturdier in build quality. I'd recommend getting the 2 if you can. As of today it's half of what it used to cost, so you can get a brand new one for $400.
Great video, thanks. I'm considering buy a used Merlin 1 since there are quite a few on the market (but no Merlin 2's available in my area). Do you think what the main differences are between v1 and v2? Thanks!