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Chris Whitten

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Gimbal Advice

PostSun Aug 19, 2018 8:11 am

I've read the Gimbal threads I could find here, but still have questions. There are so many different gimbals and so much differing advice.
I'm a longtime pocket camera user and have a pocket 4k on pre-order.
I make music videos for my own projects and up to now my biggest compromise has been lack of movement.
I would like to buy a gimbal for my next shoot (September), it's doubtful I will have the 4k by then, and I won't be proficient with it either, and I can't afford to buy a gimbal for the pocket that can't be then used for the new 4k pocket.
I would like to use a small, portable gimbal. I don't need follow focus, I don't need to mount monitors, or microphones. I can use lightweight lenses like Leica M, Kodak C mount and Voigtlander.
I WOULD like a gimbal that has iOS compatibility for tracking shots etc.
Is a Moza or Crane (2 or V2) going to OK with the Pocket 4k?
It feels like the Ronin-S would be too big and overkill for my needs.
Any advice would be gratefully accepted.
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Re: Gimbal Advice

PostSun Aug 19, 2018 8:47 am

Chris,

I find the array of Gimbals almost bewildering as to what would be suitable for a beginner bearing in mind:

1) An uncomplicated set-up.
2) Small and easy to set-up on the fly.
3) Has room for the 7" width of the new BMPCC 4K

As an aside what is your most used lens on the BMPCC?

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Re: Gimbal Advice

PostSun Aug 19, 2018 9:05 am

Well yes, I agree.
Probably my most used lens is an Alpa Kern Switar 50mm. The macro and low light performance are both superb.
I'm generally making social media videos with music gear, which look more interesting in extreme close-up.
Outdoors, I use an SLR Magic 12mm and the Sigma 18-35, with all the IR cut and ND filters I need. But as I'm shooting for myself I can limit the gimbal to smaller, lighter lenses like my M mounts and Voigtlanders.
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Re: Gimbal Advice

PostSun Aug 19, 2018 9:15 am

Interesting thanks. I have two olympus lenses a 12-100 F4 and a 75mm 1.8. Thinking of adding a 12mm F2 or the 2.8 12-40 - so all Olympus lenses.
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Re: Gimbal Advice

PostMon Aug 20, 2018 7:55 am

Any advice?
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Re: Gimbal Advice

PostMon Aug 20, 2018 9:32 am

Thanks, I don't need a cage.
They link to the Ronin-S, and I was asking if there were any alternatives with fewer 'bells and whistles'.
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Re: Gimbal Advice

PostMon Aug 20, 2018 9:37 am

I was more hoping that something else would come out of those developments along the lines of a simple Gimbal.
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Re: Gimbal Advice

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Re: Gimbal Advice

PostMon Aug 20, 2018 9:42 am

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Re: Gimbal Advice

PostMon Aug 20, 2018 10:21 am

Thanks again. I appreciate the help but I had a specific question.
I know most of the available gimbals. I need one that can mount the original pocket camera and likely work with the pocket 4k. I can buy a gimbal now that will work with my pocket (for my upcoming shoot), but other than very large, quite expensive gimbals like the Ronin-S (not even available yet where I am), I don't see any gimbals suggested for the new pocket 4k.
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Re: Gimbal Advice

PostMon Aug 20, 2018 10:23 am

"I don't see any gimbals suggested for the new pocket 4k" - true I think we just have to wait until the 4K is out in the wild.
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Re: Gimbal Advice

PostMon Aug 20, 2018 1:33 pm

Back when BMPCC4K was announced at NAB it was tested with the Gudsen Moza Air and worked.
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Re: Gimbal Advice

PostMon Aug 20, 2018 1:36 pm

Thanks Craig I will take a look at that one.
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