Hey guys, I'm a filmmaker and recently discovered this amazing invention. I've been scouring this forum for hours and are slowly learning more about this, including that some might be a scam (did that OG guy ever confirm he has a product?).
I'm hoping you can answer some questions.
1. The cheapest, professionally reviewed BG steadicams I could find are Defy and Besteady, for $4000 and $3000. I'm finding ones for $2000 on ebay, but don't feel safe sending $2000 to china for a seller who doesn't have a top rating. Anyone know of a cheaper assembled rig from a reliable source?
2. Are there any DIY guides that are simple enough for a complete knucklehead to assemble a working rig? I'm seeing unassembled kits for $500 and they're supposed to come with instruction manuals, but the English in the ad is so bad that I don't trust the manual to be coherent.
3. I know different rigs handle different weights. If I get one to carry a DSLR now, would it just be a matter of installing more heavy duty parts to a rig to handle something big like a Red cam? How difficult is it to balance the camera? Would you need to do it every time you put on a long lens, especially a front-heavy image stabilizatin lens? Could the rig even handle that kind of lens?
4. I'm reserving this line for other questions as they come into my brain.
Thanks in advance. This forum is a little intimidating, I have no idea what you guys are talking about.