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

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Heavy cameras

The upside of using a massive camera is primarily the stability it provides — it's simply steadier. Big cameras, either film or video, also usually deliver great image quality. Some heavy cameras are also long cameras with lots of extra pan inertia (video cameras with long zoom lenses are one example), while others are quite compact, like the Arri 535B. The added stability and great image quality is one reason that many Steadicam operators like heavy carneras.

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Using a heavy camera also presents serious problems and limitations. The most obvious one is operator fatigue; it simply takes more effort to lug around a heavier rig. In short ...

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