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The Opteka SteadyVid PRO is a video stabilizing system designed to reduce shake and stabilize video on cameras and camcorders weighing up to 5 lbs (2.26kg). The SteadyVid PRO features aluminum construction, adjustable mounting plate, comfort grip handle, super-smooth gimbal, sprit level and includes 2 removable weights in addition to the main counterweight.
Load Capacity: 5 lbs (2.26kg)
Construction: Aluminum Body, Rubber Padded Handle, Polished Chrome Counterweights
Dimensions (LxHxD): 8 x 9.5 x 1.2"" (20.3 x 24.1 x 3 cm)
Counterbalance Weights: 1.15 lbs (515g) (1x 335g & 2x 90g weights)
Weight (without counterweights): 1.55 lbs (705g)
Weight (with counterweights): 2.68 lbs (1.22kg)
Warranty: 1 Year
Opteka Not This One
Pros: ,The one saving grace is the Gimble , handle and mounting and adjustment plates , if I could buy just those items I could build my own much more easily. It mimic's the higher end Steady vid systems but does not deliver in this Beta testing phase.
Cons: I bought this item fooled around with it for 2 days and then returned it. The camera plate knob broke after 2 days of usage and the counter balance adjustment knob has too much play in it and cannot be tighten which creates a a shimmy when moving around that compromises stability. The counter weights should come in smaller increments to allow for more subtle adjustments they were ill conceived and not worth the effort to fool around with ,As for balance I got it working once and it was all down hill from there
Other Thoughts: Their heart is in the right place trying to give us a reasonably priced product,. I am completely sure they never really battle field tested it or it would have never made it to market as it stands now.
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