• The Jaybilizer HDSLR

    The DSLR Stabilizer

FAQs


What’s the difference between the Jaybilizer 3000 and the Jaybilizer HDSLR?

By having the gimbal higher and closer to the camera, the Jaybilizer HDSLR gains some mechanical advantage for the counterweights and therefore can handle cameras about a pound heavier than the Jaybilizer 3000, such as the Canon 7D. However, the Jaybilizer 3000 with it’s lower gimbal position allows the use of lightweight camcorders such as the Canon HF S21. Another difference is that the Jaybilizer 3000 is open source and you can build one with off-the-shelf parts, the Jaybilizer HDSLR uses a custom machined sliding plate assembly and is only available fully assembled at this time.


Why Isn’t the Jaybilizer HDSLR Open Source Like the Jaybilizer 3000?

The Jaybilizer HDSLR is a lot more sophisticated than the Jaybilizer
3000, the HDSLR uses a new custom machined sliding dovetail plate with
a set screw for side to side balance. the 5Dmk2 and 7D are both
extremely right heavy, so the old Lowel Interlink would not work. also
by removing the Interlink and replacing it with a plate, it lowers the
center of gravity of the stabilizer. This allows the Jaybilizer to
handle the weight and high center of gravity of the 5D and 7D.
Since there is a lot of drilling, tapping and assembly involved, and I haven’t had time to do am assembly video, and
the fact that the DIY parts would cost almost as much as a fully
assembled Jaybilizer HDSLR, I’m not selling DIY Jaybilizer HDSLR parts
at this time.


What cameras does the Jaybilizer 3000 work with?

Generally speaking the Jaybilizer 3000 works with camcorders in the 1 lbs to 3 lbs range. It was originally designed for the Canon hv30 camcorder.

Here is a list of some of the recommended camcorders and cameras:

Also see the camera weight chart below to see which stabilizer is right for your rig.


What cameras does the Jaybilizer HDSLR work with?

Generally speaking the Jaybilizer HDSLR works with camcorders in the 2 lbs ( .9 kg) to4 lbs (1.8 kg) range. It was originally designed for the Canon 5Dmk2 camera with a EF 24mm f2.8 lens.

Here is a list of some of the recomended cameras:

Canon HV30 with a JAG35 DOF adapter and canon FD 50mm Lens

Also see the camera weight chart below to see which stabilizer is right for your rig.


What lenses can I use with my Canon DSLR on the Jaybilizer HDSLR?

All camera stabilizers work better with wide angle prime lenses. Long heavy zoom lenses are generally to front heavy and tend to produce shakier images. Since the Canons do not have auto focus in live view mode, increasing your f-stop will lengthen your depth of field and will help keep your subject in focus.

you want to use a lens that weighs less than 700 grams


Does the Jaybilzer work for cameras heavier than 4 pounds?

Handheld stabilizers generally don’t well with cameras weighing over 4 pounds, because the stabilizer has to double the weight of the camera rig to counter balance and supporting 10 pounds with your arm is very fatiguing. Heavier cameras can work with Stabilizers like the Glidecam series, but a vest type stabilizer generally works best.

Camera Weight Chart

Camera/camcorder Accessories/lens Weight Stabilizer
Canon HV30 lens shade, batt, tape 1lbs 6oz 624g 3000
Canon HV30 JAG35 DOF, 50mm Canon EF 2lbs 5oz 1050g 3000/ HDSLR
Panasonic GH1 14 -140mm kit lens, batt 2lbs 927g HDSLR
Canon 5Dmk2 24-105 lens, batt 3lbs 7oz 1560g HDSLR
Canon 5Dmk2 24mm lens 1160g HDSLR
Canon EOS Rebel 7d EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens, batt 35 oz. HDSLR
Canon EOS Rebel T2i EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens, batt 25 oz. HDSLR
Canon GL2 batt, tape 3lbs 10oz 1650g HDSLR
Sony Z1U batt, tape 4Lbs. 10 oz NOT Recommeded
Sony HDR-FX7 batt, tape 3lbs 8 oz 1600g HDSLR