Originally Posted by Shad0wDK
I've been doing some research on steadicams and I found this Hague DMC (cameragrip.co.uk/acatalog/hague_dmc_dslr_motion_cam_stabilizer.html
). It seems to be one of the cheapest steadicams available (and my budget is really about what this one costs).
My question is if anyone have been using this particular model and do you think it's worth the price? Or do you know any other alternatives at this price that supports cameras with this weight (I think body+lens is about 1.5kg).
I have a different Hague stabilizer, for camcorders-- mine's more of a curved piece of metal. I've had good results with it.
Generally, these stabilizers gain most of their stability by keeping your camera _level_. One of the stresses in handheld shots is trying to hold your camera level, which means you're using your wrists a lot. The gimballed handle of these stabilizers takes a lot of that stress away.
And just keeping the camera _level_ has a profound effect. A real Steadicam also smooths out the shocks you get when you're walking or running. You'd need that arm to accomplish that. But you'll find that just keeping the camera level makes shots _very_ smooth. So you'll see a big improvement on your moving camerawork.
There are some trade-offs.
1) The camera's basically balancing on a gimbal or ball joint. So adjusting the camera during a shot is very difficult: it's best to find your settings and focus entirely on the movement during the shot.
2) The gimbal swivels as well, so you'll find that panning and aiming the camera can be a problem. Say you're facing north, and you pan to the east: the camera may simply remain pointing north, as it twists on the gimbal. I've fixed this by making a small wire loop that keeps the camera aimed where my arm is pointing, but which leaves the camera free to tilt (or not-tilt in this case).
3) Calibrating the unit isn't as much of a problem as you'd expect. Spirit levels are very helpful, tho.