Flying around with the Flycam 5000

I recently got my hands on the Flycam 5000 (cheaper version then the glidecam) and it’s not too bad for the price. We got the version that has the vest, which for DSLR’s it’s not completely necessary but it does help with using it for extended periods of time. Now granted for a $630 price tag (vest + flycam)  it’s not going to work anywhere near as good as a steadicam vest which starts in the thousands but it does its job pretty well. My biggest complaint that I notice right away is that you can’t balance the device after locking down the plates. Unlike the Glidecam, the Flycam has to be balanced first and then locked down with hand knobs, which is ok once you get it down, but it just seems like it takes a lot longer then it should due to the plates shifting around after tightening down the screws. The other problem that I found was the “confort arm” seemed to introduce some bobbing motion which didn’t seem visible when you are using the device hand held. You can mess with the tension spring enough to get it to a point where its not too bad, but I can’t seem to get rid of it 100% at least with the 5D’s weight. I do have access to a HVX-200 ( shown in the picture above) which has quite a bit more weight to it then the 5d. The added weight seemed to play along a lot better with the confort arm and you barely noticed any of the bobbing motion. I suppose adding weight to the top when using the 5d should fix this problem but ill have to do more testing. Overall if your on a budget and you need a pretty decent camera stabilizer the Flycam 5000 is not a bad buy, although if you have the money I would go for the Glidecam system to avoid the balancing problems.