Tiffen/Steadicam is announcing multiple new options in the low-cost stabilizer market at NAB 2007.
Steadicam Operators Peter Abraham (left) and Mikko Wilson (right) demonstrate the new Steadicam Pilot and Merlin Arm & Vest systems at NAB 2007
The new Steadicam Pilot (pictured, left) is a low cost (around $4,000) Steadicam for cameras weighing up to about 10lbs. It features:
When you don't need the capacity and features of the Steadicam Flyer, the Steadicam Pilot is the perfect rig for most 1/3" cameras.
- A double section silky smooth Iso-Elastic arm with an amazing 28" boom range - which is equal to or more than any other arm on the Market except for Steadicam's own higher end arms. The arm uses the same technology as the highly regard Flyer and G-series Steadicam arms.
- A telescoping carbon fiber sled that is internally wired for 12v power and Composite video.
- A tools free micro adjustable X-Y camera stage with removable camera plate.
- The Steadicam Pilot is available initially with a choice of a 3.5" color 4:3 LCD monitor and a 12v AA battery back (The "co-pilot"), or a 5.8" 16:9/4:3 color LCD and V-mount/Anton Bauer battery mounts (The "pilot").
- The sled base is highly adjustable for quick and easy balancing by moving the monitor, battery, and entire base. PLUS the base also accepts standard Steadicam Merlin counterweights to be screwed on in various locations as necessary to quickly add stabilizing mass.
- The Pilot comes with a super light weight low profile vest with standard features for fast adjust-ability of fit, a fully adjustable "socket-block" to trim the arm to fly level and the option to mount the arm on either side of the operator.
- The sled and arm both break down into components for light and compact transportation. You can fit the whole system into a backpack.
The Steadicam Merlin can now carry more weight thanks to an optional upgrade of an all-metal gimble that allows the Merlin to carry cameras weighing up to 7lbs. (this would get tiring quickly, so...)
The same arm and vest from the Steadicam Pilot system, are available as a kit with the metal Merlin Gimble and additional Merlin counterweights, as the "Merlin Arm & Vest" system (pictured, right) which allows the operator to shoot with a 7lb camera payload on the Merlin for (quite literally) hours! It's so light and comfortable that the camera will run out of tape before the operator tires..
- The same arm as the Pilot provides for that huge 28" boom range - that can be increased by simply flying the Merlin off the arm into "handheld mode" mid shot (I tried this today myself, takes a bit of practice but very doable).
- The arm breaks down into 2 pieces for fast transportation with the folded Merlin and the packed lightweight vest.
The official list prices:
The Steadicam Merlin Arm & Vest. Includes metal gimble upgrade for Merlin and some extra counterweights. (Does not include the Merlin itself) - $1995
The Steadicam "Pilot". With 5.8" 16:9 monitor & professional (V-mount/AB) Battery mount. (Includes all you need, including the dock - but not the stand itself [as many people allready have a stand) - $3995
The Steadicam "Co-Pilot". With 3.5" 4:3 monitor and 12v AA battery pack. Includes the same other gear as the Pilot. - $3750
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04-15-2007 09:49 PM
04-15-2007 09:54 PM
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Mikko if you're in NAB, come by the booth and say hey.No sigs bigger than 569 Wide and X 70 High and I MEAN IT!!!!!
04-16-2007 12:53 AM
Merlin Arm and Vest looks so f**king awesome. I'm too excited for that!Why do there have to be puppets like Frank?
04-16-2007 01:16 AMOriginally Posted by mikkowilson
Can I seek a little clarity - in that the Flyer has dropped in price based on the 2007 Tiffen price list to about $4k? Even if the battery & monitor system are additional, then that's an amazing price cut (was about $7.5 - $9k). Or is this a smaller Flyer?
Second question: are you saying that the Merlin combo uses the Flyer arm? IIRC, I saw a Flyer arm and the CES Merlin arm side by side in a pic - the latter being a 2/3 scale replica. But if a Merlin (albeit with uprated components) becomes a sort of quick release Sled/Shoulder Mount, I can see sense in that too, especially combined with the idea that the new Flyer is smaller...
Or perhaps I should stop blathering and let NAB take its course. :-D
04-16-2007 01:24 AM
The Flyer has not changed. It's still $7k+
The Pilot is a totally new rig that uses the same "mini-Flyer" arm (and vest) as the Merlin arm/vest
So, You've got the Merlin for handheld at $850 [MSRP]
The Flyer (up to 15lbs) at $7k, the Pilot (<10lbs) somewhere around $4k, and then the arm&vest for the Merlin (<7lbs) somwhere under the Pilot.
Once I hear more exact pricing, I can make up a little chart of the options.
04-16-2007 01:30 AMOriginally Posted by mikkowilson
Thanks for the clarity,
Matt - waiting on the third cup of coffee after a Sunday night FCP/NAB info orgy.
04-17-2007 12:28 AM
Great news, and 'on the nose'.
Now for the next killer question: when will they be available?
04-17-2007 01:11 AM
The Merlin Vest and Arm will be available prety much immidiatly.
The Pilot is still undergoing final development (the rigs at NAB are prototypes), there is no promised ship date (pre-orders are beeing taken), but it won't be very long.