Besides various tips & tricks, I especially appreciate helping tools to make shooting more easy/interesting/artistic/professional. One of the more important directions is stabilization of the camera during movement, and there are a lot of designs that try to accomplish that.
I'm attempting something similar, but building plans for it in the process (both 2D and 3D)...
2011.02.10 - Started the design, and talked to a fabricator about the possibility to build one.
2011.02.11 - Design has changed for the adjustment plate: Making one part of the slides slide over the screw will cause play after using it for a while, so I changed the screws from fixed to moveable. Now the screws get rotated with a knurled knob (fixed to the screw) which will move the threaded slides. (version 2)
Couple updates (forgot the exact dates): designed the weights (about 200grams each), rods and various connecting parts.
2011.02.27 - After a couple updates I changed the holes on the adjustment plate: now there are more holes 6mm diameter, countersunk, which will be used to fix a quick-release plate to it. I'll use the same http://www.foto-video.ro/produse_detail.php?id=5416 Giottos MH652 as I used on my fig-rig. The original design used a second plate which would be fixed on top, using the quick-release will make it easier/faster to work with.
2011.03.01 - Attaching the gimbal. Not sure this will be the final version - maybe I can think of an easier way to do it.
2011.03.03 - Finished the design, will try to build one next. (pdf drawings)
2011.03.03 - Build hasn't actually started yet. So far only some materials have been gathered.
2011.04 - a local shop started manufacturing the parts. since it's a favor, there's no rush on it, and no ETA.
2011.05.16 - most of the fabrication is done
2011.05.18 - glued some of the parts together (the aluminium tubes, and the parts where the weights get screwed on).
Steadycam model by Alex Joni is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at juve.ro.