$20 SteadyCam in an Afternoon





Introduction: $20 SteadyCam in an Afternoon

Heres a cheap and easy steadycam which works amazingly well. The design is based off Johnny Lee's, which can be found at http://johnnylee.net/. More of my projects can be found at patricksprojects.posterous.com or here on instructables.



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I'm totally gonna build this thanks for the info.... a one kilogram weight is how many pounds?

Glad to see your enthusiasm!
1kg is 2.2lbs, but it's not that important. Physics-wise, the heavier the weight the better, but holding this thing at arm's length, you notice every gram after a few minutes. You could try a 2lb weight

I'm totally gonna build this thanks for the info.... a one kilogram weight is how many pounds?

Very nice. I do have one question: It appears as if the two vertical pieces of pipe were the same length, or they were equal distance from the fulcrum (or 'T-joint'), so in this case you weren't actually getting a 'geometric' advantage. Shouldn't one of the pipes have been either shorter or longer than the others to take advantage of the 'geometry', or did I miss something?

That's correct - the T-joint is in the middle, but that's not the fulcrum. I guess I didn't make that clear in the instructable. The handle is only for stabilising it from twisting left to right (z-axis if using NED coordinates). Your hand other hand is the fulcrum for the x- and y-axes, and that should be holding the pipe close to the camera

How do you attach the camera and what purpose does the concave washer serve?

Good questions!

The screw coming out the top is a 1/4" Whitworth, which is the standard for camera tripods. Almost any camera that has a tripod screw mount will fit that.

The concave washer spreads the load out across the base of the camera so that there isn't a concentrated load on at the attachment point. For my point and shoot it's not so much of a problem, but for larger cameras you really don't want to have its whole weight focused on one small 1/4" point

Nice concise yet complete video. I like the physics explanation at the beginning and being upfront about your inspiration.

Oh good, I was afraid the physics might bore people too much. Thanks! Always good to know I'm on the right track