One of the dangers of getting into new hobbies is the urge to spend out on gadgets you think you need, but end up gathering dust in the back of a cupboard. There must be millions of dollars-worth of almost-new golf clubs, fishing poles and photography gear lurking, unused and unloved, in the world's wardrobes.
So, Conker-X has decided that he "needs" a steadicam so that he and some friends can make videos with his bridge digital camera.
Rather that pay out for a dust-gatherer, I decided, I could make that!
Here's what he got.
Step 1: The Theory
So, it turns out that basic steadicams work by moving the centre of mass of the rig to be well away from the optical centre of the camera.
That turns the natural vibrations of bodily movement into gentle, low-angle, low-frequency swings.
So, to make a steadicam, you need to hang a weight below the camera, and provide a smooth pivot near the camera.