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Old Feb 17, 2010, 1:33 AM   #1
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I recently got a Steadicam Merlin and needed to put it through its paces. So what better place to test out the stabilization system than at a massive pillow fight? Every Valentine's Day, a pillow fight is held at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. This year, I took along the K-x and DA* 16-50mm lens to try out my settings and see how well the Merlin can handle the fast-paced action.

Here's the result:
Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/9489935
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3VaFM3txVw

Needless to say, I (and the camera) got bumped a few times with feathered weapons. The only issue I noted was that, if hit just hard enough with a pillow, the camera would slightly rotate on the dovetail plate, throwing the balance all out of whack. This would either require reshifting/trimming or having to remove the plate from the stage to re-tighten the screw. My settings for the camera/lens combo wasn't perfect, but given the trial run, it performed much better than if I handheld the camera. Overall, I'm pleased with the result.

- Jason

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Old Feb 17, 2010, 9:10 AM   #2
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Great job Jason! Looks like a lot of fun. FYI, the video played much better for me on Youtube versus Vimeo. It was much more fluid as you would expect for video.
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Wow, Jason, what fun... I wish I could pull that off here in Finland... but I am afraid that I would be sent to a prison in deep Finnish forest to cut wood...

All the best.

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Alright young man!
Just who do you think is going to clean up this mess?
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Just who do you think is going to clean up this mess?
The clean-up flashmob, of course!

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Great job Jason. Looks like a lot of fun!
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Very nice! It does look like everyone had a great time, including the photographer. Well done!
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