The Ronin 2 allows us to use the camera in a variety of specialized shots with uttermost control.
This gimbal sets itself apart from its competitors by having high torque motors, this means we can use a large variety of cameras and lenses (heaviest build we’ve seen so far is the Arri Alexa Classic with Angenieux Zoom). Note that testing specialized builds before going to set is advised.
It’s actually not only made to use handheld, there are lots of possibilities with this device. You can mount it on a car or on a jib and use the gimbal as a remote head.
In my kit I have both the standard remote with joystick and the Force Pro.
The Force Pro allows the DP to control the camera in a very intuitive way. We put this device on a tripod, geared head or even on a handheld rig. After that the operator’s movements are precisely synchronized with the camera’s movements. This means the DP (or a second operator) can operate the cameras movements while the gimbal-operator walks with the rig or while the camera is hanging in a position where you normally can’t come.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
What is the difference with a steadicam?
A gimbal stabilizer uses motors, batteries and a computer to stabilize an image. The steadicam is a weighted stabilizer that uses gravity and physics to stabilize.
With a gimbal you can do moves which are sometimes physically impossible with the steadicam or any other device. We may never forget though it is meant to be automated, so in a way it’ll never be as precise as physically holding the camera.
Is any of the two better? NO! Both have their own place on the filmset and it’s very important to know the differences of the two. If you’re in doubt about which one to use, get in touch and we’ll see what is the best for your production.