You can mount the Blackbird stabilizer directly on the Steadicam arm and vest using the standard Merlin arm post. For this video I've used the optional Z-post (review of the Z-post) from Camera Motion Research, because it gives you more clearance between the arm and the stabilizer.
There were a few parts in the forrest I wanted to capture on camera and the only way to get there was to walk there. The Blackbird (review of the Blackbird) is a fantastic stabilizer and it's great to use it in combination with the Steadicam arm & vest system. I was able to keep filming non-stop for about 1,5 hours without getting too tired.
Hope you enjoy watching the video!
Equipment used in this video:
- Blackbird stabilizer
- CMR Z-post
- Steadicam Merlin arm & vest
- Sony NEX-FS100
- Manfrotto (MN-357) Sliding Plate Adapter
- Tokina 12-24mm superwide zoom lens
- Novoflex adapter (Nikon lens to NEX E-mount)
- Sony NEX-5N