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07-06-2011, 01:56 PM   #1
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Pentax KX Video stabiliser.

Does anybody know or recommend a device I can attach to my Pentax KX to stabilise the image whilst I am in motion? I've seen things like the Flycam Nano but can't see a fitment for Pentax.

Recommendations welcome. Thanks

07-06-2011, 07:45 PM   #2
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What you need is a tripod screw mount version. The camera doesn't matter then. Check out B&H site - I'm sure you can find what you need there, even if buying across the Atlantic is a bit far.
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usually the mount is an universal screw, such as for tripods.
any steadicam is fine as long as it support the camera+lens weight
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The SteadiCam Merlin seems to de rigueur among DSLR shooters.

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I've used the Steadicam Merlin before. It's a true PITA to setup, as there's no published settings for Pentax gear on the cookbook website, but once you figure out the proper balance, the video looks like like the camera is floating on air. Very pricey though.

The Flycam Nano looks be a cheaper option, but you'll have the same problem of figuring out the balance settings on your own.

Here's a video I took that demonstrates what I was able to get with a Steadicam Merlin and non-optimal settings (had to come up with the settings on the fly):

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Glidecam makes a good product. [I have the 4000, like it fine.]
It's a quality build, easy to set up and use too.

I've shot a lot with Steadicam products and like them- certainly.
They've enjoyed top of the food chain for a long, long time- and deservedly.

I use a pistol grip too. That's handy, fits in the kit bag.
You can find them on fleabay for cheap.
*If you think about it, the pistol grip provides you with nearly the same result a slanting parallel-o-gram produces; your arm acts in the same way.

You also might find some DIY alternatives (do a BING search, lots come up.)
A DIY will work in a pinch, and -if you have to move up after a few uses- then pick one that fits your budget.

Good luck.

Oh yeah- the hole in the bottom of your camera is a 1/4"-20.
Refers to the diameter of the bolt and thread count that fits it.
Common item found in hardware stores. Buy two, one as spare.

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One thing to remember; if you need to use it once, rent it.
If you need it more than that, buy it.
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