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I made the Steadicam while I was up in
northern Minnesota at my girlfriend’s family’s
house. Her dad had a drill press and we bought all
the parts at a local Minard’s hardware store. He
and I put it together in an amazingly short amount
of time, and it really works well with the larger cam-corders like my Panasonic DVX-100a. Following
Johnny Lee’s advice on his website, we made a sled
for extra support. Really good bang for the buck.
And so easily transportable ... broke it down and
brought it all back to New York in an already-full
duffle bag. —Derek Wang
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