Do you know that you can get a demo version from glidecam much cheaper than other places? I got the glidecam hd2000 for 350$ http://glidecam.com/pricing.php send an email to them and hear if they have anything available ;)
its the hd 2000. balancing it on the vertical axis isn't that bad. same with the left and right balance. i got that pretty easily after some quick camera placement changes and a few tweaks of the fine tune knobs. the drop time one was tricky at first. i had to take off a counter weight and extend it a little. now its just a matter of fine tuning some more. i would say it took around 45 min to an hour from unboxing it to balancing it roughly
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The only thing a cage does is give you something to hold onto. It doesn't stabilize the footage. At most, it makes it easier to hold steady because it's generally easier to hold, but whether you can get the same effect by holding your breath or putting your elbow in your stomach.
thats what i figured. i played around with some more fine tuning and got it dialed in pretty good to shoot a couple of shots with it. now just need some practice to make it look perfect. but its so awesome, good investment
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Do not get a t3, they are very limited in terms of video. If you're are looking for a budget glidecam, take a look at the flycam nano. In terms of performance, there is very little difference between the flycam and the lower-end glide cam models.
you are fine with a flycam as long as you are only using 1 lens. It will be very complicated to try and use different lenses/focal lengths etc. and I would say it is fine to go with the flycam, because once you get it set up you are good to go. Also, I would suggest getting a quick release plate, calumet.com has one that is compatible with the manfrotto plates (for the 501/701hdv, i forget the code) for about half the price of manfrotto ones, and they are still good quality
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I have a glidecam. Its the weights at the bottom that smooth out the shot. It keeps everything balanced. Also the handle moves with the shot. It moves around so when you are skiing fast and its easier to be shaky that handle stays steady because if you shake, the shake goes with the shot which makes it look like nothing happened. Its kind of hard to explain. But get a GLIDECAM!
Glidecam is the name of the company that makes the best ones for under $2k. The Flycam and other analogues are mediocre at best and once the honeymoon stage is over you'll be facepalming yourself for wasting your money on it when you could've waited a little bit longer and bought something much better, as is true with any piece of camera gear.
Glidecam's have a weight range, which is specified on the page. If the weight of your rig falls within that range, you're golden. Simple.