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
Nikon’s newest flagship DSLR was announced today: The new Nikon D4s shows balls in terms of video functionality and addresses many things that can only be desired on other DSLR’s. Let’s take a look:Read more
Mirrors are not the only thing an HDSLR shooter doesn’t need. Here’s a reason to think differently about depth of field. You can download the file and watch it in full quality. Over the last months Johnnie Behiri used the Nikon’s new flagship HDSLR, the D4, to shoot this image video about the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. While some few shots were done on other HDSLR’s the majority came from the D4 and in particular from the D4’s 2.7x crop mode. What is that mode? It only uses a 1920×1080 pixels crop of the sensor. The result is much more depth of field (less blurry background) but also a very crisp, moire and aliasing free image.Read more
It’s the time of the new generation of HDSLR cameras. Nikon and Canon are in battle, the 5D mark III and the Nikon D800 are coming, the Nikon D4 is here and shortly the Canon 1DX will follow. Guest post by: Johnnie Behiri For the last 3 weeks I’ve been producing/directing/filming an image video for one of the finest universities in the world. The university of music and preforming arts situated in Vienna, Austria (link) When writing the concept to the image video together with my co-director Tobias federsel, we decided to put the teachers and students at the heart of the film. There is nothing like convincing statements from dedicated teachers and satisfied students to pass the unique massage this university brings.Read more
2 minutes shot during the daytime (above) 2 minutes shot during the nighttime (below): Guest post by: Johnnie Behiri I was lucky enough having the Nikon D4 (pre production model) for 24 hours. My original plan was to shoot a short feature with it and by doing so, check its strength and weaknesses, but the short notice confirming having the camera left me no choice but run a very “simple test” one that might not satisfy all…. I’ve divided the test to “night and day shots”. Both videos are NOT color corrected. I wanted to share with the community what I got out of the camera. For my eyes, up to ISO 1000 the camera produces clean video images. Surprise, the “rolling shutter” effect is almost a thing of the past! Obviously having the camera for such a short time did not allow me to master it. I truly hope some of the short comings I discovered are due to my lack of “Nikon experience”. Hopefully those are not “short comings” after all…. My decision was to shoot with 2 prime lenses. The reason was to see how useful and functional the “crop” function is. So everything you see (but the Capoeira shots) was done with the Nikon 20mm + 85mm lenses. What to like about this camera?Read more
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