The Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System is your essential professional partner. Life doesn’t stand still. Now keep up with the action more easily than ever with the new ultra-light, ultra-compact stabilizer system.
The Merlin2 hand-held stabilizer is what you’ve been waiting for since the dawn of camcorders. It was designed by Garrett Brown, the Wizard himself, who revolutionized moviemaking with the original Steadicam stabilizing system. He then brought that same magic to videomaking in 1990 with the Steadicam JR hand-held stabilizer.
The Merlin2 stabilizer lets you fly wherever the scene takes you—up and down steps, indoors and outside, through crowds—almost anywhere, with precise, elegant control and ease for memorable, professional “you are there” footage. And its quick-release mount lets you instantly swap camera connections between your stabilizer and any tripod.
The design of the Merlin2 stabilizer significantly reduces fatigue for longer, more elegant shots. The rigidity of its construction permits longer focal lengths than you have ever imagined.
The Steadicam® Merlin2® was developed using the same Steadicam engineering ingenuity that powers the $60k feature-film models, the Merlin2 stabilizer system offers everyone from the video enthusiast to the professional shooter an ultra-smooth, elegant handheld camera stabilizer system with unparalleled performance and precision and a host of better than ever features.
The Merlin stabilizer’s unique dual extended weight system greatly increases inertial stability. And its counterbalancing weight supports a wide range of DSLR, compact and professional camcorders, point-and-shoot cameras and other video-capture device models weighing from 0.5 to 5 lbs. (0.23 to 2.2 kg).
The Merlin2 offers a more precise Folding-Caliper hinge to assure you have the only hand-held unit that folds but needs no readjustment when reopened! It is designed to be more rigid and robust through efficient tolerances and materials, allowing for easy folding for travel and storage. The intuitive spring-loaded spar lock instantly folds up and magically disappears up alongside the camera, perfect for shoulder-mounted shooting. And just as quickly, returns precisely for hand-held camera work.
• The robust stage design features a rigid camera plate, multi-angle viewable level, and larger easily adjustable knobs for secure camera mounting and ease of use
• A secure gimbal lock allows for precise tuning
• The lens platform adjusts to various heights and angles to help support longer lenses and camera bodies
• The ergonomic handle affords a comfortable grip for hours without undue fatigue for either right or left handed users
• All parts are stainless steel, aluminum or brass for corrosion resistance
• Dovetail plate and gimbal are retrofittable with original Steadicam Merlin
• Top dovetail plate has been designed to clear battery doors on most DSLR cameras
• Secure metal interconnect to Merlin arm post
• Sleek new black and stainless steel styling
The lightweight Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System lets you go where the scene takes you–up or down steps, indoors and out, through crowds–almost without limitation. The Merlin 2 weighs just 1.4 lb and can handle cameras up to 5 lb in weight. Utilizing a metal gimbal, the stabilizer gives you precise, elegant control for dramatic, smooth, and professional looking footage. The quick-release mount lets you instantly switch between your stabilizer and any tripod.
When it’s time to pack up, the Merlin 2 stabilizer can be stored in the LR-2BMRL custom case designed by Porta Brace. The case is constructed from 1000 denier Cordura nylon and features a fully padded interior main compartment and large front pocket. There are also exterior pockets that will hold accessories and production supplies. The three dividers can create four compartments or can lie flat to make 1 large compartment. The run bag can be carried by two top suede leather-covered handles, two side suede leather-covered haul handles or a removable, adjustable suede-leather shoulder strap.