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Who should buy the Aero-15?

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I'm a one-man run'n'gun sorta guy; I've worked with my mirrorless out of a Ronin-M that all fits in a backpack for years.

Naturally, electronics and motors being what they are, the gimbal has acted up one too many times at critical moments, making the relatively foolproof mechanics of a Steadicam rig start seeming attractive.

The immediate gear-bloat makes me uneasy though.  All of a sudden, flying a mirrorless on a steadicam seems like a waste, I'm going to need more batteries, look into a FIZ unit...
I know they offer "backpacks" for steadicams, but I could probably fit myself in one of those they're so huge.

And then, a couple thousand dollars into a rig that is merely the first rung of an entire field, one that I'm not sure I want to sacrifice my knees for.

Who is the Aero-15 for?  Should I look into a used Aero-30/Zephyr instead?  Or just stay away from it entirely?

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Hi cyjackx,

Please adhere to the rules and use your real name on this forum.

You may benefit from a Bronze Workshop, as they will have a few different Tiffen rigs there, and give you the basics of building, balancing, and flying if you have not used a Steadicam before. If you're doing it correctly, you won't be "sacrificing your knees". Which sled, arm, and vest to buy is a decision that is based on many factors: total payload, price range, power needs, accessories, transportability, if you ever plan to upgrade, etc. 

Lisa

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