A lot of people are doing videography through their digital SLR but one of the common problems when it comes to taking video footage is the balancing part. That is where stabilizers come in. There are a lot of them in the market and most of them with a steep price. When we say steep, some of the prices of these stabilizers can even match the price of a new DSLR.
At $799.00, the Tiffen Steadicam Merlin can be considered a favorite of many DSLR users simply because it is lighter as compared with their Flycam counterparts. Steadicam Merlin can support weight of SLR from a mere 0.5 pound to a whopping 5 pounds. It isn’t cheap but you definitely get what you paid for: high-end quality product.
Albeit cheaper than the Tiffen Steadicam Merlin, at a price of $549.95, the Glidecam HD-4000 Hand-Held Stabilizer is nonetheless an effective piece of equipment provided that you know what you are doing. It takes weeks simply to master it but once you do, you’ll find it very enjoyable to work with as it just glides smoothly without a hitch. However, bear in mind that the Glidecam HD-4000 can be a bit heavy for some people especially after a camera has been mounted on it.