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A few years ago I became familiar with the Steadicam and its amazing ability to eliminate shake when shooting video while walking with the camera. The original and first handheld Steadicam to gain popularity was the Marlin, an elegant but expensive contraption. Very soon a large number of imitation Steadicams appeared on the market. Most of these were, unlike the Marlin, designed for lightweight cameras and less expensive than the original one. Home-made versions, less attractive but still well-functioning, were demonstrated on YouTube. This encouraged me to make my own attempt at designing a stabilizer and with the goal of making it very portable and easy to setup. The final simplyfied design works best for cameras weights of 2 lb - 4 lb. 

 

To properly function the stabilizer must be perfectly balanced and have the exact amount of counter-weights. The adjustments and calibrations can be time consuming and particularly if changing camera lenses frequently. A new lens implies a different camera weight, which will require re-calibration. The LOKKI Stabilizers simplify this process by not requiring unscrewing and reassembling parts as part of the readjustment process. Critical components can be moved or rotated with friction adjustments. This includes counter weight fine tuning adjustments. For more significant weight adjustments longer or shorter steel bars attached to the lower bar of the stabilizer will be used.

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