I don't expect too many complete responses on this but between those that wish to contribute, I may be able to assemble a consensus and make a decision.
I was first attracted to camcorder steadying systems by this bit of footage (take a squint!);
Apart from the subject being very photogenic (!) the footage is very impressive which led me to investigate a little more and ask a few questions on this forum. My questions are;
Given a choice of;
Varizoom VZ-FP Flowpod - £350
Glidecam 2000 Pro - £275
Manfrotto Figrig - £193
Steadicam Merlin - £680 (phew)
1. What would you choose?
2. Do you use one of the above?
3. If you do, what have you found to be the advantages/disadvantages?
4. Is there a system I haven't mentioned?
Please don't talk about the real pro systems (£2000+) as this would be a mere dream. I want something affordable!
Help me out.