[Gear] Great New Stabilization System For iPhone, GoPro And DSLR

Kickstarter is chock-full of incredible new products and ideas, and here is one of my favorites. Kyle Hart of Puyallup, WA has come up with the EZ-Steady, a very affordable stabilization system, that glides an iPhone, GoPro or DSLR through the air with ease. Check out the EZ-Steady video and then head on over to Kyle's Kickstarter to get your hands on one of these puppies. If you are looking for a little more professional rig for balancing your DSLR camera, check out the intensive Fstoppers Merlin vs Flycam Review.

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Jaron @ FStoppers's picture

I have reservations regarding it's long lasting strength. 

good thing they dont except reservations then

You mean "accept"?

noted

Hi Jaron, I definitely think you'll have to hold it to get an appreciation for how tough it is. Maybe we'll do some testing to show what kind of abuse it can handle. 

Julio's picture

The Problem with this design is the bend in the front seems to stick out so much that I am afraid my 10-20mm will cause part of the ez steady to be in the shot. This is the lens I use most with my glidecam. Anyone use it with this lens yet?

Julio, are you using a full-frame camera? If not you'll have no problem. I've used that lens on my 60D. 

Seshan's picture

I've never used a camera stabilizer, but it is hard for me to believe that it takes days to stabilize one. 

Nursultan Tulyakbay's picture

I don't know about days, but my flycam 3000 does take a good 15 to 20 minutes to get it balanced "fairly well" and I have never had it perfectly balanced.

Seshan's picture

Also, the Kickstarter is over, so if you want to get one you will have to wait for it to go into production and be released to the public.

Dont really get how this is a new product since both manfrotto and glidecam have had products like this for ages. Unless im missing something? Don't get me wrong the kickstarter concept is awesome for funding new and creative products but uhm they probably should be just that, new and creative.

http://www.manfrotto.com/modosteady-3in1-shoulder-support-stabilizer-tab...

http://www.glidecam.com/product-xr-series.php

Patrick Hall's picture

How in the world did this guy raise $79,000 to produce this product?  At $250, it's really not much cheaper than the Flycam we used to have and it's totally a Merlin ripoff.  Ah, I'm in the wrong business

Not sure how much it weighs but looks lighter then the flycam 5000. Also, the grip is not of to the side so if I was in the market for a steadycam i'd be looking at this too.

Costs $325 if you didn't get it on kickstarter.

Over the years I've noticed that the kickstarter community is very generous ...

that manfrotto someone posted is useless. just FYI

Hey guys, thanks for the post Corey. If you're interested in picking one up you can head over to www.rhinocg.com since the Kickstarter campaign is over. We're looking at shipping dates in late February for non-kickstarter backers. I totally understand your concerns but I wanted to give my $.02 so I replied to some of them comments. Hope that's OK. If any of you have any specific questions you can e-mail me at sales@rhinocameragear.com

Looks like a nice enough product for the money, but I have some serious concerns about getting it properly balanced.  Watching the footage it's pretty clear that the dynamic balance isn't very precise and there is a lot of input required to keep the camera pointing at the subject and semi-level.  Most of the footage tends to pitch and yaw likely due to its 'quick balance' methodology that forgoes the required precision and calculations to achieve dynamic balance.  Basically it's a Merlin copy but without the precision and arc measurement control that allows for more perfect balance.  The reason any steadicam takes so long to balance is because there are very specific calculations, precise measurements, and exact weights required to get it right.  It's the same for any steadicam type system.  There is no getting around physics and static balance is not the same thing as dynamic balance.

In any case, don't be fooled that this stabilizer is a 'quick balance' system unlike the others.  It's not.  It requires either a lot of luck or very precise measurement and weights processed through a calculation to get things just right.  If only it were as easy as it's made out to be.

With all that being said, it looks like a great system for the money.  But its 'quick setup' methodology and skipping over the required calculations means that it will be harder to fly with the same level of control and precision as other more advanced systems.