• Merlin 1st Tries

    I read so much about the Steadicam "Merlin", and after comparing it to other systems on the market, I decided to buy this nifty little pro-gadget, which is so pretty lightweight and makes so much fun.

    Here are my very first attempts to get a flying camera.
    Unfortunately my 7D is still at the service (broken body;), so I put the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ38 on it.

    It´s essential to balance it perfectly (which is done in a couple of minutes). Once adjusted and leveled you just need a calm hand and a good tactics to lead the Merlin its way.

    It´s really remarkable, how calm and stable the Merlin was, while driving our old Mini Cooper.
    The Mini is hard, rough and it´s making noises all the way. It jumps over the street like a bouncy ball, but the Merlin rocked it!

    Obviously I need much more training on this, as it´s still a lot tumbling, but time will bring the desired skills:)
    (The lighter the camera, the harder it get´s, to move the little sorcerer)

    Love this thingy :)
    Canon EOS 7D,
    Tokina AF 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX,
    Kenko Polarizer,
    Steadicam "Merlin",

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38,
    B+W MRC Polarizer, slim,
    Canon EF 50mm/ f/1,4, USM
    B+W MRC Polarizer, slim,

    © 2010, Thorsten Kuttig