SteadiCam Merlin

SteadiCam Merlin
    MSRP: 849.00

    Price: $799.00

    Code: MERLIN

    SteadiCam Merlin

    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 Garrett Brown, the inventor of the original Steadicam Jr, the Merlin is the next generation hand held Steadicam system.

    The Steadicam Merlin 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 let's you fly wherever the scene takes you--up and down steps, indoors and outside, through crowds--almost anywhere, with precise, elegant control and ease. Its quick release 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.

    Merlin's unique dual 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 hinge allows instant fold-up, perfect for shoulder-mounted shooting, and just as quickly, returns precisely for hand-held camera work.

    The STEADICAM MERLIN is ultra-light, ultra-rigid, ultra precise, folds spectacularly and is beautiful - in short, the ideal instrument for today's videographers with camcorders weighing up to 5 pounds. For documentaries, weddings, news segments, commercials, even low-budget features, the Merlin shines. In practiced hands, it performs as impressively as the big $60,000 Steadicam, yet remains ultimately unobtrusive. The Merlin is not only stable, it is also an inherently graceful way to hold a camera - not only for big moves and running around, but also for those subtle, imperceptible and elegant displacements of the lens that cannot be achieved any other way.

    And now, with the new Merlin Arm and Vest and 6 Bearing Metal Gimbal Assembly, one will be able to shoot longer and fly more easily and more precisely than with anything else on the market.
    Whether you're an independent camera professional, or running the corporate AV department; a wedding and event videographer or real estate agent; enthusiast or film student, the Steadicam Merlin is right for you.

    Brilliantly conceived. Affordable. Versatile. Adjustable. Precise. The Steadicam Merlin. The simplicity of pure design married to common-sense ergonomics.

    Unique Features:

    • DV Compatible
    • Exclusive 6-Bearing Metal Gimbal Assembly
    • "Folding Caliper" Hinge
    • Patented 3-axis Gimbal Handle
    • Lightweight
    • Weighs less than 12.8 oz
    • Supports cameras from 0.5 to 5 lbs (up to 7.5 lbs with arm and vest)
    • Affordable cost
    • Quick release mount
    • Ultra-compact folded design
    • Aluminum alloy upper and lower spars

    The Steadicam Merlin Includes:
    Base Unit

    • Removable Dovetail Plate
    • 1 Start Weight
    • 6 Middle Weights
    • 2 End Weights
    • Camera Mounting Screw
    • Locating Pin
    • Manual
    • Tripod Plate
    • Presentation Case
    • Training DVD Video
    • All Metal Construction
    • 3-Position Lever Lock System
    • Patent-Pending Folding Caliper Hinge
    • Merlin Arm and Vest Optional


    Here's the User Manual

    Here's a Demo Video

    Here's the Merlin Cookbook