[QUOTE]\nMy camcorder only weighs 500 grams, so hopefully I'll be able to hold it for a\nwhile without tiring. I've carried around much heavier SLRs for hours at a\ntime (albeit not with exactly the same arm position), so I'm optimistic.[/QUOTE]\n\nA figrig is probably enough for what you need; there are DIY tutorials\nout there to build one out of 1/2" PVC pipe and fittings. It's cheap,\neasy and works just like the real deal, for less than 1/10th of the\nprice.\n[QUOTE]\nDoes a Steadicam have to be tediously rebalanced each time the equipment it\nholds is changed, or is there some fast way of balancing it for each change? I\npicture operators spending an hour trying to balance a specific configuration\nof equipment, but maybe that's not how it works.[/QUOTE]\n\nIt needs to be rebalanced, but that's not necessarily tedious. Once\nyou're familiar with a piece of gear, you learn how to work with it -\nit's a little tedious at first, but then again so is loading the film\ninto a K3 (or a Bolex, or anything else). You do it 10 times and it's\nno longer tedious; it's just a step in the process.\n\nAnd the flip side is that most people aren't using a wide variety of\ndifferent rigs on a StediCam (or off-brand substitute, like mine).\nI've had to rebalance mine between my XL-1S and an XL-H1 (which is\nheavier) but I haven't had the need to use it for a lot of other\nrigs. Once I bite the bullet and BUY the XL-H1, I'll probably not\nhave much need to rebalance the rig at all; that camera will record\nSD, HD, NTCS, PAL, 30f, 30i, 24p, etc, etc, just with a click on the\nmenu. If I'm on a show where everything else is being shot on a PD-\nWhatever or even some crappy little DSLR, it'll just make more sense\nto record the StediCam stuff with my rig than to re-adjust it to use\ntheirs. Shallow DoF is pretty (I guess) but it's not really conducive\nto shooting when the camera's in free motion through 3D space.