I accidentally discovered that a DJI boutique has opened in the Sydney central business district – aka CBD – at World Square while on the way back to the ‘burbs from an International Women’s Day event that I had been covering.
Two handheld gimbals were on display as well as several drones of various sizes.
One gimbal was the recently released Ronin-S, a product in which I am interested, but did not dare pick it up and try it out as the Canon DSLR mounted on it had a defective lens mount lock and the Canon EF 24-105mm kit zoom lens looked like it was in danger of dropping off at any moment.
It is great that a standalone store is now showing off and selling DJI products in Sydney now.
Although a subset of DJI products and other brands of drones and gimbals can be found in some city and suburban camera stores, none so far have a a substantial collection of such products to see, try and buy.
I would love to find a place that stocks Zhiyun-Tech handheld gimbals so I can try them out as well, in order to make an informed purchasing choice and so I can make informed recommendations to readers of ‘Untitled’.
It would also be terrific to find a store where the staff do not ignore me as if I were invisible.
Do they assume that an unaccompanied female cannot afford to buy their products?
“Zhiyun Crane 2 won the Red Dot Award in Germany this July. Here, we want to introduce the designer of Crane 2, Nancy Wang, to everybody. In this video, she is going to share her idea and creativity with us and let more people know the stories behind Crane 2.”
It is great to know that the Zhiyun-Tech Crane 2 3-Axis Stabilizer was designed by a woman consulting closely with potential users and that fact alone gives more weight to it as a choice between two apparently similar new gimbals suitable for mirrorless cameras like those made by Fujifilm and Panasonic.
Right now though, I am undecided between the Crane 2 or the even newer DJI Ronin-S at least until I manage to lay eyes and hands on them here in Sydney.
Both competing products appear to be continually improving their support for various cameras especially the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5, with the Ronin-S better supporting it at time of writing than the Crane 2, but that situation may well change in due course.
“The Zhiyun-Tech Crane 2 is a 3-axis handheld stabilizer with integrated follow focus that will support any DSLR or mirrorless camera on the market…. Usually the sequel is not as good as the original, but in the case of the Zhiyun-Tech Crane, Version 2 is a vastly improved product….”
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“The Zhiyun Crane 2 three-axis camera stabilizer, while realizing film-grade performance breakthroughs in both motion sensitivity and precision control with newly optimized algorithm system and motor construction, has integrated a tactile and sturdy follow focus controller on its body previously unheard of in the industry. Featuring an OLED display design combined with quick control dial on its panel, you not only can see various stabilizer status at a glance, but can also make various camera & gimbal settings in a twist of fingers.”
Control of follow focus from the Zhiyun Crane 2 via USB cable to camera is currently only available for Canon EOS cameras. Adding this functionality to the Lumix GH5 and other Panasonic cameras requires Panasonic to issue a firmware update to enable it. GH5 users may wish to lobby Panasonic for such an update.