StabiLens – Counterweight System for Lens “Hot-Swapping” on Gimbals

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Feb 212020

The StabiLens is a lens counterweight system for gimbals. It allows filmmakers to match the center of gravity of each lens in a kit, and allows for faster lens swapping when on a gimbal. It consists of a gimbal ring and a set of tungsten and steel weights. The StabiLens is already available for pre-order.

StabiLens counterweight system. Source: StabiLens

Last year in September, I wrote an article about Quickdraw by Reflex Cinema – lens counterweight system for gimbals, which lets users add weights to all lenses in your kit to match the heaviest lens. The purpose of Quickdraw was to make switching lenses on a gimbal easier as well as faster.

Recently, I came across the StabiLens counterweight system, created by US-based filmmaker Zac Miller. It basically does the same thing, but features a slightly different design. Let’s take a closer look at it.

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Sirui Swift M1 and Swift P1 Gimbals for Smartphones and Mirrorless Cameras

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Oct 172019

Sirui is launching an Indiegogo campaign for two new compact gimbals: the Sirui Swift M1 and Sirui Swift P1. The Sirui Swift M1 is designed for smartphones only, while the Swift P1 can take smartphones and mirrorless cameras up to 900 grams. Let’s take a closer look at these new stabilizers!


Image credit: Sirui

Sirui Swift M1 Gimbal for Smartphones

The Sirui Swift M1 is a gimbal for smartphones that is lightweight at just 498 grams/1.1 lbs, and that can take a maximum load of 300 grams/0.66 lbs. As a reference, the iPhone 11 Pro Max weight 226 grams. The gimbal folds down in two and has an internal non-removable battery that should last for 6 hours, according to Sirui. There are locking buttons on every axis, so the gimbal won’t move when you transport it.

On the front of the Sirui Swift M1, there is a little OLED display that shows you the mode you are in. Below the screen, there is a control jog and four buttons: functions/menu/record/power. On the back of the gimbal, there is a little trigger button to reset all the axis. On the left side, there is a small dial to adjust the roll axis or change modes.

There’s nothing extraordinary on the hardware side, so what makes this gimbal different?


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This Week’s Top 10 Deals for Filmmakers – Atomos, DJI Drone, Gimbals and More

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Jul 052018

There are lots of interesting deals for filmmakers available online. We selected the best 10 offers of filmmaking gear from our partners’ online shops for this week. Including gimbals, Atomos recorders, DJI drone, tripod and wireless follow focus.

I went through the current deals on our partners’ websites and selected the top 10 offers currently available, which I think could be interesting for you. First, there are B&H offers listed for our readers based in the US and then a couple of deals from our European partner CVP. By shopping at our affiliate partners’ stores you are supporting cinema5D through our buy links, as we get a small affiliate commission when a purchase is completed. Now, let’s take a look at this week’s top 10 deals for filmmakers:

B&H: ikan EC1 Beholder 3-Axis Gimbal

Starting off this week’s deals with motorized stabilizers, the ikan EC1 Beholder supports cameras between 2-4.5 lb (1-2 kg), which should be enough for most mirrorless cameras and smaller DSLRs. Keep in mind though, that using heavy lenses can cause problems with balancing the setup. This is generally the case with most handheld stabilizers.

The gimbal features 360° rotation along all 3 axes, 32-bit controller & 12-bit encoder, three follow modes plus auto-inversion, lock mode & auto point-and-lock mode. It has a quick release baseplate, OLED display, 3/8″-16 tripod mount threaded hole and 1/4″-20 accessory mount threaded hole.

Buy link: ikan EC1 Beholder 3-Axis Gimbal Was: $699.00  Now: $449.00 (Savings: $250.00)  

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13 Gimbal Movements You Should Know, by Alex Cooke

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Jun 172017

Adding to your arsenal of camera movements is always a good thing to do. If you just bought your first gimbal, this great tutorial will show you 13 essential movements that will add more visual interest to your work.

Gimbals are one of the fastest ways to get your footage looking more professional and cinematic. They open an entirely new world of stabilized, smooth video, and they enable shots that just aren’t possible (or don’t look good) when shooting handheld. In this helpful video from Aputure, you’ll learn 13 such movements that take advantage of a gimbal’s capabilities.

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