A - Bottom Plate
B - Main Assembly
C - Top Stage
D - Rubber Top Plate Pad
E - Large Weights (14)
F - Small Weights (2)
G - Large Hex Tool
H - Small Hex Tool
I - Washer
J - Rechargeable Batteries (4)
K - Plastic Cap
L - Camera Mounting Screw
M - Counterweight Mounting Screw
N - Top Stage Screw
O - Bottom Plate Screw
P - Counterweight
Q - Weight Screws (4)
R - Weight Thumbnuts (4)
S - Battery Holder
(1) Centering the main bearing
Use the small hex tool to tighten the 4 set screws that hold the position of the main bearing.
Try to center the bearing as much as possible by looking at it from the top. The better it is centered, the easier it will be to balance your camera later. Make sure all 4 set screws are tight. Do not overtighten or you risk damaging the hex tool.
(2) Installing the bottom plate
Attach the bottom plate to the bottom of the main assembly, using the bottom plate screw and tighten with the large hex tool.
Install the 4 weight screws and screw on the 4 brass thumbnuts.
(3) Installing the counterweight
Attach the counterweight to the counterweight bracket using the washer and counterweight screw.
Make sure to respect the order as shown on the photo (from top to bottom): Counterweight, bracket, washer, counterweight screw.
The wider side of the counterweight should be perpendicular to the bracket. Try to center the counterweight as much as possible within the bracket slot.
(4) Installing the top stage
To install the top stage, you will first need to undo the 4 top plate locks (red arrows) slightly and pull up the top plate.
You will then be able to use the top stage screw to attach the top stage to the main assembly. Use the large hex tool to tighten.
(5) Installing the batteries
The Supraflux Stabilizer is provided with 4 rechargeable AAA batteries. They will need to be fully charged before the 1st use. Once they are charged, install them in the battery holder and connect the holder wires to the wires coming out of the Stabilizer's handle. Make sure to connect the red wire to the red wire and the black wire to the black wire.
Carefully push the battery holders and wires inside the handle and install the plastic cap. Make sure you do not damage the wires.
(6) Installing the camera
The Supraflux Stabilizer is provided with an optional non-slip rubber pad for the top plate. It helps prevent the camera from moving once it is installed. If you wish to use the rubber pad, remove the brown paper backing and carefully apply it to the top plate, making sure to align the holes correctly.
Place the camera on the top plate along the length of the plate. The end with a square notch should be on the operator side. Use a cylindrical object (ex. a marker) and the small indents on the plate to pre-balance the camera on the plate.
You will do one axis at a time. Carefully move the camera forward or back until it feels almost balanced on the marker. Then change the marker to the other axis and move the camera left or right to balance.
Once you have the camera as centered as possible, hold the camera and plate together (careful not to move them separately and flip to look at the underside of the plate. Find the hole that is closest to the camera tripod mount hole and use the camera mounting screw to attach the camera to the plate.
You can now re-install the plate and the camera on the Stabilizer and make sure to tighten the 4 top plate locks. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN.
Assembly is now complete!
(1) Adjusting the drop time
Install the weights on the bottom plate. You will need to install the same number of weights on both ends of the bottom plate.
The number of weights will depend on the weight and size of the camera. The heavier the camera, the more weights you will need. A good starting point for DSLR's is 3 or 4 large weights on each end. Once the weights are installed, test the drop time.
To test the drop time, hold the stabilizer securely and lift the bottom plate so that the tube is horizontal.
WARNING: make sure that you have enough space for the stabilizer to move and rotate without hitting anything or damaging the camera. Make sure the wires do not get damaged or pulled excessively.
Let the bottom plate fall and count how long it take for the tube to pass the vertical position. This is your drop time. We recommend a drop time of 2 to 3 seconds.
If you drop time is less than 2 seconds, you will need to remove one weight on each end of the bottom plate and time again.
If the drop time is still less than 2 seconds, remove more weights.
If the drop time is now over 3 seconds, try installing the 2 small weights.
If you are still over 3 seconds, slightly lengthen the tube by undoing the tube lock a few turns and pulling the bottom plate down. Lengthen the tube in small increments.
If the drop time is more than 3 seconds, you will need to increase the number and follow the same approach as above.
The weights are for a rough adjustment. The tube length is for fine-tuning.
(2) Balancing the camera
Once your drop time is adjusted at 2-3 seconds, you will balance your camera. Keep you camera pointing forward. Make sure the camera is exactly as it will be when in use. Remove the lens cap, install the batteries and memory card. Zoom and focus the lens. Any change later will require a rebalance.
You will adjust one axis at a time. Front-back first, then left-right.
If the camera tilts forward, undo the 4 side locks on the top stage (red arrows) and rotate the front-back micro adjust knob counter-clockwise. Retighten the locks. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN.
If the camera tilts back, undo the 4 side locks on the top stage and rotate the front-back micro adjust knob clockwise. Retighten the locks. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN.
If the camera tilts to the left, undo the 4 locks under the top stage and rotate the left-right micro adjust knob counter-clockwise. Retighten the locks. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN.
If the camera tilts to the right, undo the 4 locks under the top stage and rotate the left-right micro adjust knob clockwise. Retighten the locks. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN.
You can use the bubble level on the bottom plate to help you balance the camera.
WARNING: The micro adjust knobs should not be hard to rotate. If you feel there is too much resistance, double-check that all the locks are loose. You may also need to re-lubricate once in a while.
At this point, you camera is balanced in the forward position and should stay upright. Re-check that your drop time is within the range you want and adjust if necessary. Although it is possible to now shoot and have excellent stabilization, the system may not be fully balanced in all directions. The "advance balancing steps" (below) are required if the user is after the best stabilization possible and the most stable system in all camera directions.
- When shooting with your Stabilizer, hold the assembly so that the camera is at eye level at a distance of approximately 12-18 inches from your face. Use smooth natural movements and avoid abrupt changes in speed and direction.
- We recommend keeping your knees slightly flexed while walking to transmit as little movement as possible to the camera.
- Comfortable shoes with rubber soles help reduce movement too.
- Always be aware of your surroundings and watch where you are stepping.
- The best method to use the brake is to press on the button located on the handle before you initiate a turn. This will lock the pan axis. Then, carefully turn while keeping your finger on the button. Once the turn is completed, wait for 1 or 2 seconds and release the button. The pan axis will be freed immediatly.
- Practice, practice, practice and experiment. You will need to practice and develop a feel for your particular setup. You may decide that you want to adjust for a shorter drop time (more inertia, more stable) or you may find that a long drop-time works for your style of shooting.
ADVANCED BALANCING AND TROUBLESHOOTING
To check that the Stabilizer system is perfectly balanced in all directions, you will need to rotate the camera 180 degrees so it faces you. If the camera tilts in any direction, you will need to adjust the bearing position. You will also want to check the balance with the camera rotated 90 degrees clockwise (facing right) and 90 degrees counterclockwise (facing left). The objective is for the camera to remain balanced in all directions. Everytime you make an adjustment to the bearing position, you will need to go through the "balancing the camera" steps above.
The bearing adjustment normally only needs to be done once when you receive your new Stabilizer. It may require minor adjustments once in a rare while but should certainly not be required every time you install a new camera.
Please take your time and follow the steps carefully. This can be a time-consuming step but it will reward you with amazingly robust stabilization if done properly.
Balancing at 180 Degrees
All steps above need to be performed first. At this point, the camera should be upright and stable when facing forward.
Hold the stabilizer from the handle and rotate the tube so that the camera faces you. If the camera tilts in any direction and does not stay balanced, you will need to perform one of the adjustments shown on the diagram below by using the small hex tool.
The steps are indicated on the diagram. The numbers in the circles represent the order in which the steps must be performed.
For example, for adjustment A, you need to first turn the top left set screw 1/4 turn counter-clockwise, then turn the bottom right set screw 1/4 turn clockwise, then turn the top right set screw 1/4 turn counter-clockwise and finally turn the bottom left set screw 1/4 turn clockwise.
If the camera tilts towards you, perform adjustment A and re-check the balance. Your goal is to correct about 1/2 of the unbalance and not to get the camera perfectly upright at this point. If you have not corrected 1/2 of the inbalance, perform adjustment A again until you are halfway corrected.
Now rotate the tube so that the camera face forward again. You will need to rebalance the camera using the top stage microadjust knobs. When the camera is balanced again in the forward direction, rotate again 180 degrees. The camera should now face you. If the camera tilts towards you, perform adjustment A again and repeat the above steps until the camera stays perfectly upright when facing forward and when facing you.
Similar steps will need to be done if the camera tilts away from you (adjustment B), to the right (adjustment C) or to the left (adjustment D).
Remember to correct only one half of the inbalance and rotate the tube again to re-balance the camera with the micro-adjust knobs. Otherwise you will overshoot the adjustment and will need to do the reverse adjustment.
Balancing at 90 Degrees Clockwise and Counter-Clockwise
You will need to perform the exact same steps as above but rotate the tube 90 degrees to the left. If the camera tilts away from you, towards you, to your left or to your right, you will need to perform the same adjustments A to D.
Similarly, you will want to do the same procedure with the camera turned 90 degrees to the right.
In the unlikely event that, at any point, you run out of adjustability for the bearing position, you will no longer be able to perform the second and fourth steps of the adjustments. In this case, you will need to adjust the counterweight position.
If you are unable to perform Adjustment A, move the counterweight very slightly towards the tube and re-tighten the counterweight screw.
For adjustment B, move the counterweight away from the tube.