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The Steadicam® Operator's Handbook by Laurie Hayball, Jerry Holway

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Women and Steadicam®

“How's a little girl like you gonna carry that heavy thing?”

Depending on the camera and the type of rig you are using, a Steadicam can weigh up to 90 pounds. Bui with the correct fit of the vest and proper balance, carrying the rig can be achieved by persons of slight frame and girth.

There are not many female Steadicam operators in the world, a small portion of the entire community. However, I think there are many factors that contribute to this besides the weight of the gear.

When the Steadicam was in its infancy, the tendency was for operators to tinker with, redesign, and build many new parts. Many early operators were the kinds of guys who liked to tear things apart, figure out how to make things better, and actually ...

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