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Our 5 Favorite Budget Stabilizers | Gear Talk Episode 6

By Joseph Cha on September 3rd 2014

Budget Video Stabilizers

In this video, we’re talking about our 5 favorite budget stabilizers. We’re picking the best stabilizers that are not only affordable, but that can also grow with you in your career. Check out the video below to see our picks!

Our 5 Favorite Budget Stabilizers

Tripod: Benro S4

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We love the Benro Tripods for video, so naturally it’s going to make this list. The tripod is a staple for any videographer, and if you don’t own one yet, this is the perfect tripod to start with. The S4 features a fluid drag tripod head, pans and tilts, and also has a half ball head. There are 2 versions to choose from: the incredibly light carbon fiber model ($440), or the great value aluminum model ($275).

Monopod: Benro Monopod

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The Monopod is the stabilizer I use most frequently, and it’s incredibly versatile. Stillmotion made a great video on Making the Most of the Monopod for Filmmaking, and you should definitely check it out if you own a monopod or are thinking of purchasing one. The Monopod we recommend is the Benro Monopod. At less than $200, you’re not going to break the bank, and you’ll have an excellent and versatile stabilizer in your arsenal.

Handheld Stabilizer: Glidecam HD2000

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For shots involving camera motion, the Glidecam HD2000 is our go-to stabilizer. Youtube Superstar Devin Supertramp uses his Glidecam to capture amazing motion shots in his high intensity scenes. Whether it’s in the mountains, indoors, the beach or the Bahamas, the Glidecam HD2000 comes with us on every shoot. This model supports 2-6 lbs which makes it ideal DSLR and Mirrorless camera setups.

Slider: Cinevate Duzi Slider

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I’ve used many sliders, and most of them have been disappointing, until I found the Cinevate Duzi Slider. Most sliders have to be constantly lubricated and cleaned, and if they’re not taken care of then the slide won’t be smooth. The Cinevate Duzi Slider has an open rail system so dust doesn’t get trapped inside, it simply falls out. It’s also made from Carbon Fiber (weighs only 3.6lbs) and can support up to 75 lbs. If you’re looking to buy a slider, we highly recommend this one.

Jib: Aviator Travel Jib

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The Aviator Travel Jib ($475) is what we bring when we want to add production value to our shoots. It’s light weight (3.75lbs), extends up to 6 feet, and it’s fast and easy to set up. Because of its size and ease of operation, we find ourselves bringing the Aviator Travel Jib to most of our shoots.

Conclusion

So those are our 5 favorite budget stabilizers! If you enjoyed this episode of Gear Talk, then be sure to subscribe to our Youtube Channel!

About

I’m a photographer and cinematographer based in Southern California. When I don’t have a camera in my face I enjoy going to the movies and dissecting the story telling and visual aesthetics.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Basit Zargar

    love it

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  2. fotosiamo

    Ooh, that Cinevate Duzi is rather intriguing

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  3. Matthew Hyson

    Just a bit of CC, ditch the laptop. It’s kind of distracting, and it almost looks like Joe is hiding behind it. If you really need a screen to reference use a tablet! Or better yet, have it off screen.

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  4. Pete McWade

    I have the Benro Monopod. I like it a lot but have one complaint. The upper part of the monopod is just too dang fat. I have big hands and its pretty bulky. Its light enough to carry around but having that bulky hand hold is a big negative. For stability it is wonderful and I do like the support feet. It helps a bunch. I would not use the feet to hold your camera upright. Just too unstable for that considering the cost of a camera. I’d like to see the same monopod but with a nice narrow handle so you can actually use it as a walking stick if needed as well. Its also time for a new tripod. The old SLR aluminum tripod Im using is dying. Benro looks good. Carbon Fiber! Maybe.

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    • Peter McWade

      Oh goodie, I get to reply again. I should be getting my Tripod soon. Dang, Facebook won’t allow me to log in so I had to make another account and lost my status. Now to start over.

      Pete :)

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