Steadicam Merlin 2 Cookbook Settings


Camera
(Battery) [Lens]
Similar
wgt/size
Cameras
Camera Weight
lbs/kg
Camera Vertical c.g. dist. Front
Weights
Lower
Weights
*Arc Size
(see below)
Mounting Hole Dovetail Position Carriage
Position
'Z' Lens Saddle
Black magic pocket cinema camera
(Internal bmpcc) [Nikon 18 mm 3.5 ai Hoya prond]
712gm lb
2.6"
1 Finish 1 Start
1 Mid
25-29"
N 3.75 2.50 -7 NO
Canon
(Bp-945) [Regular ]
1.36 lb
3.1"
15"
H 6.00 4.50 -3 NO
Canon 5 D Mark III
(BP LP E6) [Canon 17-40 zoom]
3.3 lb
??"
1 Mid
1 Finish
1 Start
3 Mid
1 Finish
11"
N 5.75 3.50 -6 NO
CANON 5D MK3
(LPE6) [SAMYANG 14MM CINE]
CANON 5D MK2; NIKON D800 2.1 kg 6.5 cm 1 Finish 1 Start
2 Mid
1 Finish
31 cm O 5.00 2.25 -3 NO
Canon 600D
(Canon LP-E8) [Canon Lens EF 35mm 1:1.4 L]
2.6685 lb
1.5625"
1 Mid
1 Finish
1 Start
3 Mid
1 Finish
10.25"
M 4.00 2.25 -6 YES
canon 60D
(LP-E6) [Tokina 11-16 2.8]
1.664 lb
4"
12"
M 8.00 5.00 -4 YES
CANON 650D
(LP-E8) [CANON 16-35MM f/2.8]
1244 kg 19 cm 30 cm H 1.00 4.00 -4 NO
CANON 7D
(Original) [Canon 24-150mm]
1.633 kg ? cm 1 Mid
1 Finish
3 Mid
1 Finish
30 cm N 6.00 1.75 -4 NO
Canon EOS 600d
(?) [EF-S 18-55 mm]
0.782 kg ? cm 1 Finish 1 Start
1 Mid
1 Finish
26 cm N 8.00 6.00 -1 NO
Canon eos 600D
(canon LP-E8) [EF-S 18-55 mm]
0.785 kg ? cm 1 Finish 1 Start
1 Mid
1 Finish
26.3 cm N 6.00 4.75 -2 NO
canon eos 60d
(lp e6) [ef-s18-135mm]
70 d 1,66 lb
1,2"
1 Mid
1 Finish
2 Mid
1 Finish
11"
M 5.00 3.50 -6 NO
Canon eos 650d
(LP-E8) [canon efs 18-55 IS II]
0.776 kg ?? cm 1 Finish 1 Start
1 Mid
32 cm N 6.75 1.75 -3 NO
Canon eos 650d
(LP-E8) [canon efs 18-55 IS II]
0.776 kg ?? cm 1 Mid
1 Finish
1 Start
1 Mid
1 Finish
28 cm N 7.00 2.75 -7 YES
CANON EOS 70D
(LP-E6) [Canon 50mm 1.4]
CANON 60D 1.1 kg 3 cm 1 Mid
1 Finish
2 Mid
1 Finish
28 cm M 5.00 3.50 -6 NO
Canon EOS 7D
(LP-E6) [Tokina 11-16 F2.8 (IF) DX]
088/1,48 kg 11 cm 1 Mid
1 Finish
3 Mid
1 Finish
30 cm N 6.00 1.75 -4 NO
CANON EOS C100
(BP-955) [Canon EF 50mm 1:1.8]
1.6 kg 7 cm 1 Mid
1 Finish
1 Start
3 Mid
1 Finish
31 cm C 4.00 4.75 -5 NO
CANON EOS C100
(BP-955) [EF-S 18-135 IS STM]
1.5 kg 17 cm 1 Mid
1 Finish
1 Start
4 Mid
1 Finish
35 cm C 6.00 1.25 -4 NO
CANON EOS C100 WITH STD HANDLE MIC.
(BP-955) [CARL ZEISS 2.8/25MM]
2.1 kg 6.5 cm 1 Mid
1 Finish
1 Start
5 Mid
1 Finish
34.5 cm C 5.75 2.50 -2 NO
Canon hf s11
(BP 807) [Wide converter WD-58 0.7x58]
0.840 kg 4 cm 28 cm H 7.00 1.50 -4 NO
Canon HF-G10
(BP827) [Fixed]
1.25 lb
1.0"
1 Finish 1 Mid
1 Finish
10"
I 7.00 0 -5 NO
Canon MARK III 5D
(LP-E6) [Canon EF 24mm F1.4 L II USM]
1.5 kg ?? cm 1 Mid
1 Finish
1 Start
3 Mid
1 Finish
28 cm N 5.75 3.50 -6 NO
Canon T4i
(LP-E8) [Rokinon 14mm Cine]
1.117 kg ? cm 1 Mid
1 Finish
2 Mid
1 Finish
28 cm M 8.00 3.50 -6 NO
Canon XA10 with handle but no XLR microphone support
(Canon BP819) [built-in zoom x10 in camcorder]
0.840 kg 5.00 cm 1 Finish 1 Start
1 Mid
1 Finish
28.5 cm H 7.00 3.00 -4 NO
CANON XA20 with Pro Audio handle and Lens Hood - no Mic. support
(BP-820) [built-in Lens]
XA10 0,765 kg 4 cm 1 Finish 2 Mid
1 Finish
32,5 cm H 7.25 3.25 -5 NO
Canon XF100
(BP925) [4.25 - 42.5mm integral zoom]
1.225 kg 4 cm 1 Mid
1 Finish
1 Start
3 Mid
1 Finish
26 cm H 0 6.00 -1 NO
CANON XF105
(BP 955) [FIXED]
SONY NX70; SONY XF100 1.16 kg 7.5 cm 1 Finish 1 Start
3 Mid
1 Finish
29 cm H 2.00 2.25 -6 NO
Fujifilm X10
(NP-50) [28mm]
Fujifilm X20 0.371 kg 5.5 cm 1 Finish 25.5 cm J 7.00 1.50 -9 NO
Nikon 1, manfrott rc2 quick disconnect on plate.
(yes) [18.5 1.8]
.3 lb
0"
1 Finish 1 Finish open "
M 1.00 0 -4 NO
Nikon D4
(EN-EL18) [Zeiss ZF2 28]
1.8965 kg 7.8 cm 1 Finish 5 Mid
1 Finish
32.5 cm N 4.25 4.25 -4 NO
NIKON D800
(EN-EL15) [SAMYANG 14MM CINE]
CANON 5D MK2 2.1 kg 6.5 cm 1 Finish 1 Start
3 Mid
31 cm O 3.00 1.75 -4 YES
NIKON D810
(EN-EL15) [14-24 NIKKOR]
D800 1960 kg 12 cm 1 Finish 5 Mid
1 Finish
32.5 cm N 8.00 2.25 -5 NO
PANASONIC AG AC 90
(Li-Ion CGA-D54S) [Fixed (standard)]
1.78 kg ? cm 1 Mid
1 Finish
1 Start
4 Mid
1 Finish
32 cm H 9.00 2.00 -1 NO
Panasonic DMC-GH3
(DMW-BLF19E) [Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42 mm]
550 kg ? cm 1 Finish 1 Mid
1 Finish
28.4 cm N 3.75 2.50 -7 NO
PANASONIC DMC-GH3 (with UV Filter & Hood)
(DMW-BLF19E) [PANASONIC X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8]
CANON 550D .870 kg 5 cm 1 Mid
1 Finish
31.5 cm N 5.25 3.00 -7 NO
PANASONIC GH3
(DMW-BLF19E) [VOIGTLANDER 25MM]
CANON 550D 1.1 kg 5 cm 1 Finish 1 Start
1 Mid
29 cm O 3.75 2.00 -2 NO
PANASONIC HDC-SD900 with COLD SHOE ADAPTOR & LENS HOOD
(VW-VB130) [BUILT-IN]
PANASONIC HDC-TM900 478 kg 30 cm 1 Start
1 Finish
216 cm I 4.25 2.50 -8 NO
Panasonic Lumix GF6
(Panasonic DMW-BLG10E) [H-FS1442A]
0,432 kg 8 cm 1 Finish 1 Finish 25,4 cm N 6.50 1.75 -4 YES
RI
(MH) [DC]
YS lb
KN"
XJ"
B 4.75 0.25 -5 NO
SONY ILCE-7R
(NP-FW50) [Vario Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA]
1.02515 lb
3"
8.6"
N 7.00 3.00 -5 NO
Sony a57
(sony NP-FM500H) [kit lens 18-55]
1.14 lb
2"
1 Finish 1 Mid
1 Finish
12.5"
N 6.25 2.75 -5 NO
Sony a57 DSLR
(sony NP-FM500H) [kit lens 18-55]
sony a 65 1.14 lb
2"
1 Finish 1 Mid
1 Finish
12.5"
N 6.25 0.75 -6 NO
Sony a99
(np-fm500h) [konica-minolta 28-75]
any 28-75 zoom lense 3.02 lb
1"
1 Mid
1 Finish
1 Start
2 Mid
1 Finish
12"
N 1.00 0 -4 YES
sony a99
(np-500h) [samyang 24mm vdslr lens]
812g lb
1"
1 Mid
1 Finish
1 Start
3 Mid
12 4/1"
L 4.25 1.50 -5 NO
SONY NEX FS100
(MP-F770) [SONY 10-18 E MOUNT]
2 kg 5 cm 1 Finish 1 Start
2 Mid
1 Finish
31 cm C 1.00 2.00 -3 NO
SONY NX70
(NP-FV70) [FIXED]
CANON XF105 1.4 kg 7 cm 1 Finish 1 Start
3 Mid
30.5 cm O 1.25 2.50 -6 NO
VB
(GJ) [SI]
FC lb
EO"
EC"
G 0.50 8.75 -11 NO

*Arc Size, per the manual and video, is defined somewhat ambiguously as the "distance from lower weight to the top of the stage". In order to more precisely balance the MERLIN2, reference points have been incorporated into the MERLIN2 to make measuring "Arc Size" easier and more precise. Please reference the MERLIN2 Balance Instructions Diagram for more information about the measurement points used in this settings chart.

Note: Above settings are close and for initial balance. It is recommended to use all tools available to balance and understand the MERLIN2



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Steadicam Merlin 2