The Steadicam Merlin2 stabilizer is your essential professional partner. Life doesn't stand still. Now keep up with the action more easily than ever with the new ultra-light, ultra-compact stabilizer system. The Merlin2 hand-held stabilizer is what you've been waiting for since the dawn of camcorders. It was designed by Garrett Brown, the Wizard himself, who revolutionized moviemaking with the original Steadicam stabilizing system. He then brought that same magic to videomaking in 1990 with the Steadicam JR hand-held stabilizer.
The Merlin2 stabilizer can move as smoothly as the big $60,000 Steadicam rigs used in Hollywood. The Merlin2 stabilizer lets you fly wherever the scene takes you up and down steps, indoors and outside, through crowds almost anywhere, with precise, elegant control and ease for memorable, professional "you are there" footage. And its quick-release mount lets you instantly swap camera connections between your stabilizer and any tripod.
The design of the Merlin2 stabilizer significantly reduces fatigue for longer, more elegant shots. The rigidity of its construction permits longer focal lengths than you have ever imagined. The New Steadicam Merlin2 was developed using the same Steadicam engineering ingenuity that powers the $60k feature-film models; the new Merlin2 stabilizer system offers everyone from the video enthusiast to the professional shooter an ultra-smooth, elegant handheld camera stabilizer system with unparalleled performance and precision and a host of better than ever features.
The Merlin stabilizer's unique dual extended weight system greatly increases inertial stability. And its counterbalancing weight supports a wide range of DSLR, compact and professional camcorders, point-and-shoot cameras and other video-capture device models weighing from 0.5 to 5 lbs. (0.23 to 2.2 kg).
The Merlin2 offers a more precise Folding-Caliper hinge to assure you have the only hand-held unit that folds but needs no readjustment when reopened! It is designed to be more rigid and robust through efficient tolerances and materials, allowing for easy folding for travel and storage. The intuitive spring-loaded spar lock instantly folds up and magically disappears up alongside the camera, perfect for shoulder-mounted shooting. And just as quickly, returns precisely for hand-held camera work.
Best of all, with a compact camcorder, balanced and ready to shoot, the Merlin2 stabilizer weighs only about two pounds! Whether you're an independent camera professional or running a corporate AV department; a wedding and event videographer or real estate agent; enthusiast or film student, you're serious about the quality of work you bring to your audience, and of the tools that get you there. The Steadicam Merlin2 stabilizer is your new magic wand!