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DIY Poor Man’s SteadiCams

These were made using the Poor Man’s Steadycam tutorial created by Johnny Chung Lee. His design kicks ass in simplicity and functionality. A great solution for someone who cant afford a real Steadicam.

The tubes are all 1/2″ pipe purchased at home depot. The small one is for my HV30 mounted alone, and the large setup is for my heavier 35mm DOF adapter rig. There is a 2.5 pound weight at the bottom of the small steadycam, and a 5 pound weight at the bottom of the large one. I made some modifications to the tubing lengths used as follows — Small Steadycam: 10″ top and bottom tubes, and an 8″ side tube. Large Steadycam: 18″ bottom tube, and 10″ top and side tubes with a flange fitting and wooden mount for my inverted DOF adapter rig on top. Finally, I wrapped them both up in black hockey stick tap so I’d have a good gripping surface and so they looked cooler.

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