Steadicam Pilot 2 & Steadimate Option

steadicam pilot 2Steadicam Pilot 2 & Steadimate Option

At this year’s NAB, Zenobia (The Touchable Tech Diva) and I visited the Tiffen/Steadicam booth. We found a product of interest for lightweight camera stabilization that I felt important enough to share with you. Almost ready to hit the market is the Steadicam Pilot 2, which may be dubbed the “A” series by the time it hits the marketplace.

Steadicam Pilot 2

The Steadicam Pilot 2 is a smaller version of the original grandaddy Steadicam. The Steadicam Pilot 2 includes an arm (which is interchangeable with a different arm that supports an even heavier weight) and the vest to support the arm. The Pilot 2 is an improvement over the original Pilot with a beefier gimbal, more robust stage, and removable sled, making it easy to break down, transport, and rig. Battery mount types for the Pilot 2 include standard mounts like V-Lock and Anton Bauer, as well as a variety of DV battery mount options.

Steadimate

The Steadimate bar allows a Ronin or a Movi to connect to the arm/vest combination. This enables an operator to shoot for hours without unnecessary arm fatigue. As you can see in the above video, the operator is able to effortlessly maneuver the camera and rig almost completely isolated from his body movement.

Rey Reyes, Director of Technical Sales, and our product rep in the video, says that the base price may be around $2,500 for the complete kit. This will include the gimbal, arm and vest. The product is for the DSLR market, but it is hard to imagine someone investing that much in a stabilizer if the DSLR they are shooting with isn’t priced similarly. On the other hand, this would be a less expensive way of learning to master the art of Steadicam maneuvering. The only way it can practically be done is by wearing the device and shooting when possible. Now we have a less expensive option and can add a Ronin or Movi to boot!

–Stu Brown

 

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