DIY Steadicam Merlin using a welder and about $50 of materials

I had a DSLR with HD video capability and a friend Andrew with a welder in his garage who was willing to teach (I’d never welded before). We decided making a steadicam would be a good project. ¬†While doing research, I found¬†this Merlin-style steadicam build tutorial. We tried to make a cleaner version of this already great build while trying to keep it cheap (materials and costs are listed at the bottom).

Finished steadicam

Here are some shots I took while practicing with the steadicam:

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