by Tim Fok | 6th March 2017
Film Power has announced a new single handheld gimbal stabiliser. The Nebula 5100 3-axis boasts a new high-torque motor for ‘no-balancing’, extended battery life, hidden cable design and 360° unlimited rotation on all three axis’. Pistol grip-style handheld gimbals are becoming quite popular nowadays. It’s only natural given their fuss-free design and vastly smaller footprint than a conventional cross-barred gimbal. They suit small mirrorless cameras down to the ground, and Film Power has been making them for some time now. The Nebula 5100 is their latest revision, continuing their more concise battery-in-the-handle design. Nebula 5100 – Main Updated Features A new generation motor with built-in encoder for all 3 axis’ High torque, no need for balancing, 8-10 hours battery life 360° unlimited rotation on all axis’ One key back to midpoint & one key recording Supports direct charge Like the previous Nebula, the 5100 has a max payload of up to 2.5kg and is a cable-less design. The latter feature is an advancement, however, as all internal cabling impressively supports 360° of unlimited rotation. 360° of tilt rotation is of course limited to shorter camera setups, and will probably nearly never be used due to the inevitability of getting both yourself and the gimbal in shot. However, the technology is there so you don’t get too lost in orientation when switching between standard and underslung modes. The one key back to midpoint feature helps with this also. The Nebula 5100 features a new generation motor with built-in encoder, with a higher torque that requires ‘no balancing’. I personally wouldn’t take this too literally, as it probably means that the margin for error in balancing is greatly decreased; a more balanced gimbal will always perform better than one with the camera just thrown on. The increased torque gives you more flexibility with being a bit ‘rough’ with the gimbal – subtle focus adjustments and simply moving the camera into place on the tilt/pan axis can now be achieved. Just like previous single-handed gimbals from Film Power, you have a joystick for axis control, a quick-release plate and a ukulele-esque carry case. Last to mention is the included direct charge port for the new longer 8-10 hour battery. You no longer have to remove the battery like every product ever, you can now charge from a pole-tap connection from the handle. If you like the idea of this, more for you… The Nebula 5100 is currently available for pre-order. Link will follow.Read more
by Adam Plowden | 11th September 2016
“Taking things back to basics” says Bas Ladru from Vocas, who are announcing the new Vocas follow focus they’ve are presenting at IBC 2016. Designed with single DSLR and mirrorless shooters in mind, this new follow focus has switchable rotation, added smoothness dampening for accuracy and the focus marking has been removed to reduce the cost and make the unit smaller. The follow focus Vocas had on display is a prototype, with the finished product available later in the year. Features of the new follow focus: The focus knob is extended to allow for a better grip while shooting with a shoulder rig, again improving the stability. Added smoothness for use with photography lenses for more precise focus pulling. No play between the handle and the gears for added smoothness by removing all the internal gearing. Gear ratio of 1:1. Again with a focus on keeping costs down, the follow focus doesn’t have a quick release. Instead it simply slides to allow for lenses to be changed or removed. The new Vocas follow focus will be available from December this year with a price of around €650 ($730). Like the look of the new Vocas follow focus? Let us know what you think in the comments!Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 1st October 2014
The Varavon Birdycam 2 is the new version of Varavon’s affordable brushless gimbal camera stabiliser. It offers great ergonomics at a very low pricepoint. Varavon has a history of producing well made and well thought through products for videographers and DSLR shooters. We’ve recently looked at their new Wirecam that used a portion of their gimbal base that is also used in their newest camera stabiliser the Birdycam 2. The Birdycam 2 seems to tick most boxes a good camera stabiliser should. One of the most important things for many is the fact that it can be operated by a single person due to its simple follow-mode and thumb-joystick control. While it lacks some of the great features the Letus Helix offers, it is a more affordable and more available option for now. For those looking for an alternative to the famous Freefly Movi M5 the Varavon Birdycam 2 is looking quite interesting at almost half the price. It’s available for pre-order for $2375 and should start shipping quite soon: LINKRead more
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