The Steadicam was invented in 1975 as a mechanical way of stabilizing video cameras. In 2013 Freefly introduced the Movi, an electronic gimbal that basically made your average Steadicam obsolete. Since then the price of electronic gimbals has plummeted to a level that the average consumer can actually afford. That hasn't stopped Sachtler from creating a hybrid stabilizer that costs $45,000.
Last week we reviewed the new Ronin M, DJI's smaller version of their standard Ronin stabilizer. At just $1400, it's some really incredible technology that can actually be afforded by the majority of filmmakers. Cinema 5D recently got to check out a stabilizer on the other end of the spectrum, the Sachtler Tinity. The gimbal portion of this monster is called the Artemis Maxima and can be used hand held but it can be seen in this video being used with the Tinity Steadicam.
Why is this thing so expensive? For one thing, it's ultra heavy duty. It can hold up to 66 pounds of weight. Also, they claim it is able to switch lenses without rebalancing the unit. That sounds too good to be true until you hear the price; around $45,000 for the Gimbal, Steadicam, the arm, and vest. I'll wait a couple of years until it drops below $2000 like the Ronin before I jump on this bandwagon.
To learn a little be more about this over the top product, check out the extended video below.