Skyler MiniCam with SoloWheel Flying T4i 650D

Home for the day, so I decided to see if I had the skills to fly the Skyler MiniCam Video Camera Stabilizer while riding a Gyro-Stabilized Motorized UniCycle called the SoloWheel (found here on eBay).

Skyler-MiniCam  Solo Wheel Steadicam Segway Self Balancing Gryo Stabilized

Just in case something disastrous were to happen, I felt comfortable trying this test out with Canon's latest EOS T4i (not the 5D Mark III) and was a good excuse to see how the Auto Focus would work with the Sigma 20mm F/1.8.

Canon T4i VariAngle LCD  simga-20mm

Besides not being a very skilled SoloWheel rider, the breeze against the Vari-Angle LCD threw the little Skyler off balance. So it wasn't a truly successful test, but at least I didn't eat pavement...

19 thoughts on “Skyler MiniCam with SoloWheel Flying T4i 650D

  1. Emm

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    @Kicap - Once you throw on a vest you have very limited movement (crouching, squatting, bending over). The SoloWheel is fun, and I can see myself using it with a small handheld camera, but not with a full on vest.

  2. Hey Emm, what a great video u have there. To be honest, I am curious about how stable and practical the SoloWheel really is? How much did u get it for? Is it robust enough? Would it take a beating down offroad?
    I was about to purchase it when u advertised it the first time but was looking for more review. Now that u have it, do u see it possible to be used with Vest +Arm+Stabilzer? Would it practical?

  3. Emm

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    @Aaron - LOL, dude that just looks like a world full of hurt waiting to happen. Hahaha. Those glasses are super cool though! We thought about using something like that for voice over scripts. We often put scripts on the iPhone but it's a small screen to read. The glasses might help blow up the view, but I don't know if it will work with all apps.

  4. Aaron

    Emm.... that Was AWESOME!!!! Seriously, how freaking cool using a gyro wheel in conjunction with a fly cam? I've thought of one more ludicrous piece to add to the equation though:

    HDMI goggles! monitor on the fly. Will it work? I seriously doubt it. Would it blind you? Very possibly. Would it make an awesome demo video? OH HELL YEAH!

    Thanks for sharing man, as always, it was a pleasure:)

  5. Emm

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    @Kelly - That's actually a very accurate assumption. My neighbors are always checking out the random things I test out.

  6. Great video Emm! Hilarious! I can only imagine that yer neighbors wake up every morning thinkin "i wonder what weird contraption Crazy Emm is gonna test today?"

  7. Emm

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    @Joe Rodriguez - These are some random tracks that were part of Sony Vegas Pro.

  8. Joe Rodriguez

    Where did you get the song you used in the video? Where do you usually purchase/download songs?

  9. Emm

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    @seenamatic - I personally feel like I can fly a Glidecam style stabilizer better than I can fly a Merlin. The Skyler has many features the other stabilizers don't have and still packs up smaller too. If all you seek is the end result of your video, you can achieve the same from a Nano or Glidecam. Just practice practice practice.

  10. Emm

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    @Greg - I handheld the Sony NEX-7 with the Sigma 30mm. It was much worse, before. Too bad Sony didn't have Image stabilization in camera. Reasons why I was thinking of trying the Olympus OMD EM-5.

  11. Emm

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    @nero355 - I've had the Sigma 20mm for years, and it's been my main lens for flying. It's extremely wide without too much side distortion on cropped cameras like the T4i.

  12. nero355

    Do you like the quality of the 20 mm Sigma ??
    I am still not sure if I want one or not ...
    Main usage would be low light video but maybe some pics too from time to time 🙂

  13. seenematic

    Hey Emm,
    I still use a Steadicam JR with my T2i, but lately I'm having trouble balancing it ... I guess it's starting to show it's age.
    I know you used one a long time ago, would you still recommend it or is a Nano/Glidecam a better option with a T2i ?

  14. Greg

    That solo wheel is amazing and hilarious. Wish you tried out some side-view shots too.

    Also, careful with the post stabilization at the beginning of the video. It tried to correct some locked-off footage and the right side had vibration.

  15. Emm

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    @Joe Rodriguez - Off the motorized unicycle, the Skyler is currently my favorite super portable stabilizers. It's expensive, but I like the small travel bag, build quality, compact size, and fine tuning knobs. Hard to find all those features in a stabilizer without paying the price. Results? You can get the same results from a Nano or Glidecam.

  16. Joe Rodriguez

    Would you have preferred any other stabilizer or were you happy with the Skyler?

  17. Emm

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    @Paul Hidalgo - That was my first time setting up this camera, and my Skyler was setup originally for the Canon 5D Mark III. I had to drop quite a few weights and also relocate the camera over a bit because of the Vari-Angle LCD. Once you have your camera setup, then you won't have to re-balance again.

    I sped up the footage because I wanted to show people how I went about balancing it, but in real time it was around 8 minutes to get it setup.

  18. Haha. Good stuff Em! Dunno why, but that shot of you just riding past the camera on the tripod was hilarious!

    Also, it noticed it took you a while to balance the T4i on the MiniCam, based on the other videos of it, I thought it was pretty easy to balance.

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