by Tim Fok | 9th March 2016
DJI Ronin Balancing problems with you oblong rig? DJI Ronin-M not compatible with the larger camera you anticipated? The CineMilled Pro Dovetail plate with counter balance weights could be the product for you. CineMilled has become quite the known brand for making third party accessories for the DJI Ronin. Extension Arms and Universal mounting support were items that got them initially noticed. When the DJI Ronin-M surfaced, many will have been very excited about the prospect of such a small and affordable gimbal offering so much in term of maximum payload. The reality is that the Ronin-M is so small in physical size that you’ll long exceed it’s physical limitations than you will it’s payload. Coming from a gimbal user myself, weight is only a small part of building a workable system. If you’re dealing with large lenses, slightly oddly configured cameras, setups that tentatively hover around the maximum payload of your gimbal, or even all of the above, you’ll appreciate the struggles of a workable gimbal system. And by workable gimbal system, I mean one that balances correctly without the cradle catching other parts (ie the hand bar or rear column) and one that sits balance on the plate enough that it doesn’t reek havoc with the gimbals motors. The CineMilled Pro Dovetail with Counter Weights could save you a world of hassle, making DJI Ronin balancing much easier. The weights are designed to screw onto the threaded plate to act as counter balance to otherwise mis-shaped rigs. Chuck a big Cine lens on a mirrorless camera and you’ll find the camera setup sits so far back it’ll clip gimbal on tilt. Add a longer camera like the FS700 in and you won’t even get it on the carriage. Custom placed counter weights gives you much more control over the balance of your gimbal, you’ll no longer require the camera to sit so far back/fore to counter act a heavy battery or lens. The PRO Dovetail is available in two length sizes, Ronin and Ronin-M and counter weights are sold separately in a selection of sizes.Read more
by Tim Fok | 7th July 2015
CineMilled has designed some Tilt Arm Extensions for the DJI Ronin M that enables the stabilizer to reach better potential in relation to its payload. DJI has become hugely popular for their affordable gimbal stabilizers. The original Ronin offered an affordable alternative to the Freefly Systems MoVi, albeit coming at a critical drawback; it’s absurd weight. The Ronin M raised a lot of eyebrows as DJI managed to halve the weight and payload; the latter affecting few as an 8lbs payload still offers huge potential. However, despite the Ronin M having the capabilities to handle anything south of an F55 (body only) in weight, its physical dimensions are hugely prohibitive meaning little more than a large DSLR is compatible out of the box. The width of the cradle restricts any camera wider than 6.3″ / 160 mm, for reference this is a Nikon D4 to the mm. The Blackmagic Cinema Camera doesn’t fit inside the cradle, however some trickery with a heavy lens so the body sits further back will enable it to balance. There’s also tilt restrictions, mounting a C100/C300 will cause the cradle to ‘bottom out’ in an attempt to get the body low enough for correct centre of gravity. CineMilled surfaced as credible solutions for expanding the compatibility of the original Ronin. Pan and Tilt arm extensions meant you could really maximise the potential of the 16lbs payload. They were at the forefront of the Ronin M release and as a result it hasn’t taken them long to step in and help out the physical limitations of the Ronin M. The CineMilled Tilt Extensions provide more height adjustment on the cradle to balance larger cameras. This means cameras like the C100 mark 2 and C300 now become fully compatible. For wider cameras you’ll still struggle. Looking at the design of the Ronin M my immediate thoughts would be that nothing short of a completely new wider arm would solve this; perhaps out of CineMilleds remit. Although I could by wrong, I’m not an engineer. The current solution for this is a heavy front end to the match the rear of the camera; this means the camera sits behind the cradle where there is more width. However this should be done with caution to ensure the camera doesn’t hit the back of the gimbal (another popular dilemma). In short, the limitations of the Ronin M are in the physical dimension of your camera setup, not the weight. It’s doubtful you’ll get close to the maximum payload in relation to what it can physically fit; you should therefore pretty much ignore the 8lbs, it’s kind of irrelevant. Another product from CineMilled worth checking out it the Universal Mount For Ronin M. This mount where the handlebars meet the gimbal and offers up a few 3/8″ and 1/4 20″ threads for mounting on other accessories and grip. Via/ CineMilled InstagramRead more
by Tim Fok | 19th March 2015
CineMilled has just teamed up with B&H making all their products for the DJI Ronin fully accessible worldwide. This is great news for international buyers; CineMilled is one of those compact engineering and retailer companies with great filmmaking products but due to their size has struggled to remain competitive with global reach. Buyers can now buy through B&H guaranteeing fast and affordable shipping worldwide. Never heard of CineMilled? If you’re a DJI Ronin operator and packing weight, they should be your best friend. CineMilled makes a range of products that enable the DJI Ronin to be more universally compatible and handle long, bigger camera setups. The Universal Quick Plate is a CineMilled product that mates to the Ronin (using the same plate as original crossbars) and provides a host of 1/4″ and 3/8″ threads; this is great for mounting your Ronin to Jibs and car rigs alike. Also worth noting is the Arm Extensions (pair) and Pan Arm Extensions Long and Short. These products relocate the camera cradle further away from the Gimbal enabling much longer camera setups to be used. Previously, Red EPIC setups would require a slim batteryor side mount solution, and F55 rigs very cumbersome. The CineMilled extensions ensure a more “normal” setup is compatible with your Ronin, as well as compatibility with the FS700, FS7 and even Arri Amira (although the latter is very tentative due to the cameras size). For a full list of CineMilled products check them out on B&H.Read more
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