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Saturday, June 27, 2009

MiniDV Stabilizer - New Bearing Spacer

We're always looking for ways to make our products better. This time we're addressing the main bearing issues. Several of you have commented that the main bearing tends to drag a bit, with a sweet spot it likes to turn to. We tore one apart to see what was going on.

What we found to be the main issue was the spacer that was placed between the two bearings. The original spacer was made of aluminum. It was bigger then needed, and wasn't always perfectly straight. After a long search, we found a fix.


Replacing the aluminum spacer with a new nylon one improves rotation time by up to 4x, eliminating any unwanted rotation to the "Sweet Spot". We're adding this new spacer to all of the new MiniDV Stabilizers we sell. If you already have the MiniDV Stabilizer, and are interested in replacing the spacer, you can find them at most local hardware stores for around $1. A link to the spacer on the Lowe's website can be found at the bottom of this post.

The Hillman Group Nylon Spacers .450 x .325 x 27/64

Friday, June 26, 2009

Sneak Preview - Quick Release Mount

Here at Balvanz Enterprises, we always appreciate customer feedback. Over the past several weeks, a few of our customers have been nice enough to comment on how a quick release system for the MiniDV Stabilizer would make initial setup before shooting a breeze. We tend to agree, which is why a quick release system is in the works. As an added bonus, we're looking at including an easy side-to-side thumb screw camera adjustment. Just another way your feedback makes a difference.

Philip Balvanz

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Send it to: Ideas@BalvanzEnterprises.com