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Sensitive! But great once balanced.,
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This review is from: Steadicam MERLIN2 for Video and DSLR Cameras Weighing (Electronics)
The Steadicam Merlin 2 comes in a nice case which can be carried by handle or over the should with the included shoulder strap making it easy to transport around safely.
The Merlin 2 is quite a rugged piece of equipment that should last a lifetime if looked after properly. It folds away in a very compact design making it fit into a small bag or my preferred way to carry it is to fold it and attach it to the outside of my camera bag. The adjustments are not too tight in my opinion, they need to have slight stiffness to stop them from turning easily, because the slightest adjustments make a difference.
The Steadicam Merlin 2 is not the easiest to set up, there are guides on the Merlin Cookbook page but the Merlin 2 is still very lacking, but it's easy just to use the Merlin 1's references and take it from there.
Something you will notice is it's pretty sensitive! When you balance the Merlin 2 you want to make sure it is ready to be used, meaning the on/off switch is set to on, the lens cap is removed, lens focal length set, card in, battery in etc.
A great thing about the setup is all the reference points on the Merlin 2 which you can note, share and look up for future reference. Once you have a particular setup balanced you can just make note of all the points it's set to, making for quick setup later.
The Steadicam Merlin 2 is a good piece of kit to have. However for around the same price you can pick up a Glidecam HD 4000 which allows you to shoot upside down relatively easy. It's another option to consider for a similar price bracket, but they don't seem very easy to come by in the UK, which is why I chose the Steadicam Merlin 2.
Overall I am pleased with the purchase and it is a great option to get those steady shots, because if balanced correctly; you will! It's worth the effort.