Although I haven’t got around to making a DIY steadicam myself, here’s another good DIY steadicam that could be built using wood and some parts from Home Depot. Certainly not the aesthetically pleasing but is another great DIY steadicam design without spending hundreds on a Merlin Steadicam. [More DIY steadicams]
The primary difference between my design and the Merlin is my placement of the weight stacks… my design attempts to keep the weight stacks within the same rotational plane to minimize the issues with dynamic balance. It also moves the mass out to the *sides* of the stabilizer, allowing it to be held in a more comfortable position in front of the operator.