Michael Buday here. We
met at HDEXPO where I immediately bought one of your STEDDIEPODS
for my son. First of all, let me say without hesitation that the
STEDDIEPOD is a fantastic product – which is something I don't
often say about ANY product.
A little perspective
About 18 months ago, I
bought my son (who is now in film school) a GLIDECAM 2000 PRO –
which I paid about $400.00 for (not including the vest which set
me back even more). When the GLIDECAM arrived, I was expecting
to spend a couple of hours getting it setup and balanced before
letting my son loose with it, but two hours quickly turned into
an entire evening – which in turn carried on into the following
Now, I'm a pretty
handy guy. I've been a professional editor in Hollywood and
London for over 20 years; I've run camera on several occasions
and I do all my own electrical and plumbing repairs in my home.
So, when I say I'm handy – I am – but setting up that GLIDECAM
proved to be one of the most frustrating experiences I've ever
had with a piece of video gear. I found the counterweight system
employed by this model of Glidecam to be crude and extremely
difficult to get right – despite the thorough instructions that
come with the product. Further, once I FINALLY manage to balance
the contraption with my son's VX-2000 camcorder, the slightest
change in camera weight or orientation would throw the whole
thing off again – and I mean ANYTHING would throw it out of
whack (different battery, opening the LCD monitor, plugging in a
cable into the headphone jack of the camera –anything!).
Even after we got the
GLIDECAM setup, making it do what we wanted it to do was
extremely difficult. Now I realize that operating a camera
stabilization system is no panic and it requires a lot of
practice – but this was ridiculous! Once the camera was in
motion, stopping any movement of the gimbal in a smooth manner
was next to impossible.
I won't bore you with
anymore details about the GLIDECAM, but our overall impression
was that it just wasn't worth the cost.
So, after seeing your
demo of the STEDDIEPOD at HDEXPO, I realized that I'd finally
found a versatile and inexpensive camera stabilization system
that was easy to setup and learn.
I brought the
STEDDIEPOD home the night of HDEXPO and decided to give it a
whirl right away. I was amazed – first of all, the build quality
is outstanding. Secondly, it took me all of ten minutes to:
1. Unpack the
2. Mount the tripod plate to camcorder
3. Mount the camera to the tripod head
4. Unfold the three stabilization legs
5. Balance the STEDDIEPOD
That was it. I
immediately fired up the camera and within about 20 seconds, I
was easily producing steady shots while moving all the around
the house. Within half an hour of bringing STEDDIEPOD home, I'd
unpacked it, set it up and mastered it!
The next day my son
came home from college for the weekend. I showed him the
STEDDIEPOD and within 5 minutes he was on his rollerblades
testing the system out while flying the down the street. Cut to
one week later; he's now using it everyday on a film he's
shooting and says it was the best investment we've (I've) yet
made (other than the camera that is).
So what more can I
say? The product is beautifully built, cleverly designed and it
just plain works out of the box. Plus, it's extremely versatile.
In fact, the expensive Bogen tripod I bought looks like it's
going to be used less and less now that the STEDDIEPOD is part
of my son's camera gear.
It was great meeting
you and thanks so much for a great product!