This is a great lightweight gimbal! I've done research on this, the Tilta G2X and the Zhiyun Crane 2 and this one has the heaviest payload and is the most reliable of the three.
What is a gimbal?
It's an electronic camera stabilizer. This particular gimbal can hold up to 8 lbs.
Gimbals should have no more than 70% of their payloads maxed out for optimal performance.
The Ronin S is underslung. Meaning that the base electronics come from below. If you compare them to my other three gimbals:
The Movi Pro + ReadyRig:
Ronin 2 + ReadyRig:
The Movi Pro, the Ronin 2 and the Original Ronin are all overslung.
One of the benefits I've noticed from a gimbal that is underslund, such as the Ronin S, is that it can take a bigger payload.
The downside to an underslung gimbal it's usually not as stable, because there is no force pulling it "up to heaven."
It usually takes more engineering to design a gimbal that is overslung, but those that are, especially those such as the Ronin 2, can take a heavy payload.
As you increase the payload, it is important to think about mounting something to the pan axis to increase flexibility.
For instance, bongo tying a lavalier mic to the ronin s will both feed audio into the camera and add weight to the pan axis, thus increasing flexibility. Same thing with a microphone, a monitor or a battery or just an actual weight of some kind.
It's not always necessary, but it can be fun to try if you're wanting to make your setup very impressive.
The Ronin S comes with feet to mount to the base with 1/4." Underneath there is also a 3/8" mount which you can use to mount the ronin s to a tripod or monopod or anything else for that matter.
Battery on this will last all day and probably the second day. They got rid of the need for a second battery by making it's charge last beyond the span of a day. Just charge it in the evening and it'll be ready in an hour or two.
There are power ports on the Ronin S. DJI doesn't make any products that support them. I've found through experience that they will power the Tilta Nano receiver follow focus, but they will break the transmitter if you try and power that through it.
I have also made cables that were soldered that will be able to power a Teradek:
Although, I've never tested powering the Tilta Nano
Receiver and the Teradek at the same time. That would be ideal for a lot of indie films, but right now I don't recommend doing it because one of the units might break.
Balance is all about being able to point the camera in any direction when the gimbal is off and the camera will stay in that spot. I've found that with this gimbal it doesn't have to be exact. With the Original Ronin, it had to be almost exact.
The Ronin S comes with cables to control start/stop and gain focus control over a number of camera companys such as Canon, Panasonic, Sony and Nikon.
I've found that using electronic follow focus is slightly jittery with the gh5 and the 16-35. Many lenses don't work, like the sigma 18-35 doesn't work with the electronic focus control in the ronin s and even lenses that do work, it's not smooth filmmaker focus pulls.
To get the balance right, it is all about where the tilt is at with the camera, but fortunately, you can do a balance test in the Ronin App. You can also adjust speed and acceleration and turn off Smooth Track.
The Ronin S also has a button on the front that if you double click it will re-center the camera and if you hold it, the camera stays facing one direction. And if you triple tap, it goes into selfie mode.
If you try to control Sony cameras, you'll only be able to get Start/Stop, and it only works sometimes.
The 5D mk IV I believe is one of the only Canon cameras that can get focus control.
However, if your camera has a micro usb port or a usb 3.0 port or a usb-c port, it might work with the ronin s and the electronic focus wheel.
My recommended setup is to us either an Atomos Shogun:
or Small HD to get accurate focus peaking. My monitors come with noga arms free of charge.
My Ronin S package comes with a plate that mounts around the ronin with 1/4" mounting points.
Ideally you would also still use the Tilta Nano:
Just power the receiver through the ronin s and the transmitter with batteries in the nano container.
To do the 360 degree mode, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcasxydflEQ
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