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Miha Sagadin
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Hi to all... For the first time.

I've been following this forum and everything related to the steadicam art and technology for about two years now (dreaming of actually flying the steadicam regularly), so I am super excited to finally have a reason to blabber on something here.

I am finally in a position to invest in my first rig... The first steadi investment was the handbook obviously, but can't wait to read it for the third time and actually putting it into practice.

At the moment these are the 3 options I found and believe could work for me (considering I am a steadi pre-newbie and currently working mostly in documentary and music videos) and fit in my budget. I would be eternaly grateful for any opinions, comments etc. I am posting the three options in order of my current preference.

1 - used Steadicam Zephyr for 7000 eur, should come upgraded with a Pro vest and a couple of vlocks and a charger. Seller claims it's practically new. The main problem is that in this covid period it is impossible to see it in person. So my idea was to see its basic functionality through a videocall (to go with the times), and buying through a production company I would have some legal support in case something goes south, although the seller seems reliable. I am attaching some pics.

2 - a new Steadicam Aero 30 (screenshot from ebay listing attached), which with the batteries would come up to about almost the price of the Zephyr. My biggest concern is Aero's weight limit, which would still be fine for most of my current work, but just barely. Also, less importantly, there is no case.

3 - a used Easysteady Lite&Go, just the vest, arm and sled for 3000 eur: https://www.easysteady.com/kit_too_carbon.html

Of course I am open also to any other suggestions if someone knows of any. I am located in Turin, Italy - shipping is fine of course, as long as it stays in my budget.

Once again, I feel extremely fortunate that once again my desired work life brings me into from what I see a really supporting and dedicated community, which has been a pleasure to discover in the past years while dreaming steadi.

Exaggerated emotionality aside, I thank you in advance for any input.

miha

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The Zephyr is a great rig for getting going and it's very versatile. Have you had a chance to do any operating in other rigs so far or is this your first time?

The price seems maybe a tiny bit expensive but if it comes with batteries, a GPI Pro Vest, and it's barely used then it could still be a great deal.

I've had a Zephyr for a while and only just now outgrowing it. Another option for your consideration could be a Flyer LE - another very capable rig for what it is. Good luck I would not go. toward your 3rd option if you can avoid it.

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On 11/8/2020 at 4:29 AM, Sam Bennett said:

The Zephyr is a great rig for getting going and it's very versatile. Have you had a chance to do any operating in other rigs so far or is this your first time?

The price seems maybe a tiny bit expensive but if it comes with batteries, a GPI Pro Vest, and it's barely used then it could still be a great deal.

I've had a Zephyr for a while and only just now outgrowing it. Another option for your consideration could be a Flyer LE - another very capable rig for what it is. Good luck I would not go. toward your 3rd option if you can avoid it.

Thank you Sam!

I've never tried to put on a steadicam, I've only studied it in theory. I know it's not a typical procedure (first workshop, then investment), but I've been completely fixed on it, so my stubborness makes me believe that there is no way I will not fall in love with it.

Yep, the Zephyr has a nice original price of 5000 eur, but considering I'm buying through a production company I need a receipt, which means taxes...

Thanks for the advice on the Flyer - I remember there was one being sold on the forum, I will look into it.

Thanks again,

miha

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The best advice I can give is to seek out a local operator in your area and ask if they’ll show you some of their gear and maybe try it on. Steadicam operators are pretty friendly people. I would highly recommend doing this before buying a rig and if there aren’t any workshops happening soon. At least wear one before you buy one to make sure you love it in person as much as you do on paper! Good luck 

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