NS, I was wondering what some good substitutes for glide cams were. Currently, for the little follow shots I do, I just close the legs on my tripod and hold the handle. It works decently, but never really weighs out equally with the camera.
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Try this. Well, try this if you have a T2i or T3i, which is about a 50% chance on NS. I have a T3i and made it and it's tremendous for the pricing, though it is a bit bulky. Oh, and you can substitute the bolts in it for PVC glue. It costs around $40 total, which I consider a steal for the results. One of my videos that I made with it is below the tutorial:
Looks pretty good. Never been a fan of fig rigs, though... and yeah, my stabilizer is relatively cheap, but the metal plates you use as weights cost like 7 dollars each, so that kicks the price up a little
My go pro steadistick is the shit. Took an old carbon fiber umbrella rod and broke off the end. then fastened on a metal plate with a hole through it so i have a tripod size thread to use my tripod mount for my go pro. the carbon fiber is awesome for vibrations!
Built this guy the other day. Got to test it a little bit. seemed to work great. Will get some park shots this weekend with it. it is a modified version of the cotton candy, and ryan from t2iforum's design.
you should put a washer or something between the stabilizer and your camera. like a BIG washer. that way, there's more surface area for the camera to stand on and there's not so much pressure on the screw hole...