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I just so happen to have one of the Glidecam 2000 units. The reason I got it was because I wanted a more fluid smoother motion when walking with the camera. Unfortunately, this thing has its good points and its bad points.
The good point is that it does really work. When you have your camera attached and balanced correctly, you can walk while filming and when viewing the end results, you cannot tell that Im walking. You can even go up stairs and you will not see any bouncing. It’s kind of cool! It looks like the camera is almost flying or floating on air.
Unfortunately, there are more bad points than good points Im afraid. The first one is that the way they make you attach your camera is ridiculous. You have to take the top plates apart, bolt the camera to the very top plate and then attach it back to the other plate and tighten it back down. They should have devised a better quick release system like tripods have. Then you have to balance it. That part is very tricky and could take you 5 to 10 minutes and thats if youre good at it. Once you get it balanced you are pretty much set to go. Now the problem is holding it. Its not that bad if you are only using it for 5 or 10 minutes. If you are planning on holding it for like a wedding forget it! I used it last year for some projects and my arm was actually sore after the first 10 minutes. Then I found myself straining to the point that my arm was shaking. I had seen that there was a forearm support brace available so I bought that. That made a HUGE difference. I did a weightlifting competition last winter which lasted about 5 hours and I made it through without any problems. If you get one get the brace right away too. BTW: I use it with a GL2 which is similar in size and weight to the VX2000.
In conclusion, it does do a great job of what its supposed to do BUT getting to that point is kind of retarded. I even emailed the company and told them that I was real happy with the results and the concept was well thought out but why didnt you finish the design? It was like they made it that far and then stopped!
As far as the body appliances go, I wouldnt use equipment of that nature that much so it would be hard for me to justify spending that kind of money.
Oh yeah… if you think you can just take your camera and mount it real quick to the Glidecam unit during a wedding ceremony, forget it. The ceremony will be over before you have it all hooked up and ready to go. You almost need a dedicated camera just for that unit. I do use it for before and after b-roll shots though. It works nice around flowers, alters, crawling up brides and grooms and so forth.