How to balance a DSLR Stabilizer
Hector Caceres | May 29, 2015In this video, we show you how to balance the Aperture Compact DSLR Stabilizer (SW-30261). But most of these techniques can also apply to our bigger Standard Camera Stabilizer (SW-30270).
Note: When deciding which stabilizer is right for you, make sure to consider the recommended weight limit on each stabilizer. A heavier camera on the Compact stabilizer will result in never being able to balance properly. Likewise, a smaller camera on a heavier stabilizer will result in much headache figuring out how to balance it.
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Make sure your camera is exactly as you will be using it. Remove the lens cap, and make sure your memory card and any lights, microphones or other attachments are exactly how you want them to be. Adding or removing any attachments after you balance it, will cause your stabilizer to become unbalanced.
Initial set up
- Make sure bottom weights are tight and there is no play on them.
- Make sure the knob on the telescoping pole is tight.
- Loosen the knob on the side of the stabilizer head, and push it in to take out the plate.
- Screw the plate to your camera, making sure the markings on the plate are on the same side as the locking knob.
- Slide the plate back into the stabilizer and tighten the knob.
Balancing for the first time
Testing the balance
You may test if it is balanced properly by holding the stabilizer horizontally and letting the bottom drop. The drop should be of about 2 to 3 seconds. If it drops too fast, then the bottom is too heavy and you should remove more weight, or make the pole a little shorter. If it takes too long to drop, or doesn’t finish dropping all the way, then the top is too heavy.