I bought a Hague Levitator. Its basically a poor mans steadicam:-
Its mainly for DSLR cameras but it works for cameras up to 2.4kg which intrigued me as I thought I could put my Bolex 16mm camera on it as its under the weight (just) and it works very well on it:-
Only thing though is I'm having trouble setting it running using the mechanical cable release. Trying to hold the cable relase (freely unsecured) in my right hand along with the right grip handle of the Levitator and try and with some force press the plunger and keep it plunged and move and hold the rig is pretty difficult.
Also if there is some movement of me holding the end of the cable release that pulls on the cable and the middle of the rig moving it and unsteadying the shot.
The only option I can think of going forwards are either:-
1) Drill a hole stright through the right grip handle to put the cable relase through although that doesn't seem to stop movement of the cable even when i hold it steady when the cable is moving inside the cable release it unsteadys the rig a little so I don't think its the perfect solution.
2) Buy an old school style self timer I can set running before it fires that would allow me to set it running and grip the rig and let it settle down from swaying before the camera starts runnning. But I suspect this is going to run and run and on some shots I'll want to stop it running without having to put the rig down and stop it which will waste me film.
I was wondering if there is some cheap device that will allow me to hold down a physically easy to press electic button placed on the right grip a wire could be strung to a device which will attach to the camera mechanical release to push the camera release and unpush it as and when I press down the electric release button.
Any Ideas? Greatly appreciated!
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