Sorry, this deal has expired. Get notified of deals like this in the future. Add Deal Alert for this Item
Popular Deal

Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System $129.95 @ B&H Photo w/ Free Shipping

$129.95
+13 Deal Score
4,110 Views
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...lizer.html

Specs:
For Small Cameras Up to 5 lb
Create Smooth, Elegant Shots on the Fly
Folding Design
Ergonomic 3-Axis Gimbal Handle
Secure Gimbal Lock for Precise Tuning
Adjustable Lens Support Platform
Large Easily Adjustable Knobs
Good deal?
You gave rep to thawynd for this post.
Thank you!
thawynd posted this deal. Say thanks!
Give Rep Points
If you purchase something through a post on our site, Slickdeals may get a small share of the sale.
Deal
Score
+13
4,110 Views
$129.95
About the OP
Give Rep Send Message
Pro
Joined Dec 2010 Deal Bearer
5,822 Reputation Points
2,368 Deals Posted
3,640 Votes Submitted
3,690 Comments Posted

11 Comments

1

Sign up for a Slickdeals account to remove this ad.

This comment has been rated as unhelpful by Slickdeals users
Joined Jun 2015
New User
11 Posts
10 Reputation
#2
Damn nice price
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
This comment has been rated as unhelpful by Slickdeals users
Joined Jun 2007
L3: Novice
265 Posts
21 Reputation
#3
Good price, not so great reviews
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
This comment has been rated as unhelpful by Slickdeals users
Joined Jul 2006
L10: Grand Master
10,592 Posts
3,816 Reputation
#4
Amazing how much these have dropped in price over the years. Weren't these like $500 when they came out?
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
This comment has been rated as unhelpful by Slickdeals users
Joined Aug 2011
L3: Novice
128 Posts
14 Reputation
#5
These work great. The reviews for devices like this are always a mixed bag. It's not something you can pickup and use right away. Takes practice to master. Once mastered... Amazing device.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
This comment has been rated as unhelpful by Slickdeals users
Joined Nov 2009
L7: Teacher
2,835 Posts
419 Reputation
#6
For a smaller camera (up to 2.1 lbs), something like this is half the price, smaller, and better reviewed.

ROXANT PRO video camera stabilizer: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S10K...7zbFKRXX5H

And this Merlin 2 doesn't work well with smaller light cameras as well according to reviews.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
Last edited by itsarectangle October 23, 2017 at 06:18 AM.
This comment has been rated as unhelpful by Slickdeals users
Joined Apr 2016
L2: Beginner
36 Posts
10 Reputation
#7
How steadicam compares to gimbal?
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
This comment has been rated as unhelpful by Slickdeals users
Joined Jul 2017
L2: Beginner
35 Posts
10 Reputation
#8
Yeah, how do these compare to gimbal?
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0

Sign up for a Slickdeals account to remove this ad.

This comment has been rated as unhelpful by Slickdeals users
Joined May 2011
L3: Novice
266 Posts
53 Reputation
#9
Quote from PoseidonC
:
How steadicam compares to gimbal?
Gimbal - Battery, motor calibration can be a pain, tilt shots with joystick, can attach a monitor

Steadicam - No battery, can be bouncy, learning curve
Reply Helpful Comment? 1 0
This comment has been rated as unhelpful by Slickdeals users
Joined Oct 2016
L3: Novice
116 Posts
18 Reputation
#10
Quote from waf4545
:
Gimbal - Battery, motor calibration can be a pain, tilt shots with joystick, can attach a monitor

Steadicam - No battery, can be bouncy, learning curve
Gimbals with this kind of payload is super expensive, but generally they offer slightly better stablization
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
This comment has been rated as unhelpful by Slickdeals users
Joined Aug 2007
L6: Expert
1,314 Posts
106 Reputation
#11
Original retail is almost $600? Back in the day the original steadicam jr was around that price and included a monitor since cams didn't generally come with them.

Read a review and this was not at the top of the heap due to constant adjustments needed, problems when sitting it down and trouble stabilizing dslr. I remember on the jr, it used to be a pita to get it balanced out.

It's a tempting price, but at this stage, if I was going to require a stabilizer, I'd probably go to something more like a glidecam or knockoff of it. They are bulkier but that wouldn't necessarily be a negative- especially since these shots are limited in number anyway, a glidecam can be sat on the ground. these stabilizers have supports available as well and the ability to "rough in" the balance without holding the rig. That's a big plus.

The Merlinis so light. It can supposedly be effected by the wind.

Other than that, I'm a bigger fan of non-gimbal camera supports. You'd be surprised just how much better these can make a shot.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
Last edited by graphixv October 23, 2017 at 02:03 PM.
This comment has been rated as unhelpful by Slickdeals users
Joined May 2016
New User
6 Posts
10 Reputation
#12
Steadicam is dying fast. The Merlin is hard to use and just terrible to balance. You need to buy their stand so you can balance this on it--almost impossible to do without it. I actually dumped mine on eBay recently and bought a 3-axis electronic gimble.
Reply Helpful Comment? 0 0
Page 1 of 1
1
Join the Conversation
Add a Comment
 
Copyright 1999 - 2018. Slickdeals, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Copyright / Infringement Policy  •  Privacy Policy  •  Terms of Service  •  Acceptable Use Policy (Rules)  •  Interest-Based Ads
Link Copied to Clipboard