Please note: I haven't been able to fly the new Steadicam Merlin 2 myself with the FS100, but I think these settings will also apply for the new version.
This is why I decided to post them here and hopefully give you a good starting point in balancing your Sony NEX-FS100 on the Merlin. It's very important to use these settings in combination with the camera configuration I've used. If you use a different lens or even an other battery, it can throw of your balance completely and you might nog be able to balance it properly, using these settings.
I chose this camera and lens configuration especially for use on the Steadicam Merlin. Because the 16mm pancake lens is very light weight and has auto iris and focus capabilities, it makes it an ideal partner for the camera and Merlin. Also the ability to put on the VCL-ECU ultra wide converter (I always like the ultra wide look on a Steadicam) makes it a great choice. Please be aware that you will loose the ability to put a ND filter on front, when using the wide converter. To compensate, I work with a slightly higher shutter speed and close the iris a bit more. I don't really need DOF when flying the camera.
Here's my camera configuration for the Steadicam Merlin. The total camera weight is 2.1 kg (4.6 lbs)
Lens: E-mount 16mm f2.8 pancake
Lens Attachments: VCL-ECU1 ultra wide converter
Note: top handle and microphone are attached to the camera, but the side grip is removed.
And here are the settings from the Merlin.
Arc Size: approximately 32 cm (12.6 inch)
Z-Turns: -2 , two threads are showing above the Guide Ring
Mounting hole: C
Forward Position: 1 finish weight
Lower Position: 1 start, 4 mid and 1 finish weight
Stage position: 0
|NEX-FS100 on the Steadicam Merlin|
|Z-Turns - click to enlarge picture|
|Arc Size - click to enlarge picture|