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    What is the current best hand/pistol 3 axis gimbal?
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    Looking for one for GH4 that is so easy to set up or use out of the box, unlike the rubbish from Filmpower/Nebula.
    Recommendations please? Pilotfly?


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    Quote Originally Posted by lovecameras View Post
    Looking for one for GH4 that is so easy to set up or use out of the box, unlike the rubbish from Filmpower/Nebula.
    Recommendations please? Pilotfly?
    Having tested what I think is nearly EVERY 3-axis "stick" system out there I can tell you without reservation, I currently prefer the tiny 2-axis, 2-handed Gibbon GN1 "stick" gimbal.

    If your camera lens combo is sufficiently light (max weight is about a GH4/A7sII with small lenses.) The 2-axis (all you really need is tilt and roll with two hands.)

    I like to turn the whole gimbal on it's side for what we've nick-named "gangster" mode and it's more responsive, smoother and more confidence inspiring than any other stick gimbal I've tried, including the Big Balance 3-axis version.

    A huge plus is that the arm of the Gibbon-GN1 is on the right (correct) side so you can use cameras with a flip out monitor, unlike 99% of the other stick systems. There's also two places to mount arms to hold small external monitors, which is brilliant, and at $499 you can't beat the value.

    Yes I sell the Big Balance, but I ALSO sell all the others from major respectable manufacturers (ikan, Feyu..etc.) The GN1 is however the only system we keep in stock, which should tell you something. Highly recommend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Illya Friedman View Post
    Having tested what I think is nearly EVERY 3-axis "stick" system out there I can tell you without reservation, I currently prefer the tiny 2-axis, 2-handed Gibbon GN1 "stick" gimbal.

    If your camera lens combo is sufficiently light (max weight is about a GH4/A7sII with small lenses.) The 2-axis (all you really need is tilt and roll with two hands.)
    Why the two weight capacity specifications? Is it a tool-less setup and does it absolutely require PID adjustments? And just for giggles, 32-bit encoders?

    Thanks.


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    What lenses have folks used with the Gibbon and gh4? Seems like a good alternative to the others.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stoneinapond View Post
    Why the two weight capacity specifications? Is it a tool-less setup and does it absolutely require PID adjustments? And just for giggles, 32-bit encoders?

    Thanks.
    I know people who have gone into the software and received about 5-10% better performance. I have never felt the need and have not tried force use of a camera/lens with it that was too heavy. As long as you know how to balance I believe you will be fine.

    Mounting and balance are both tool-less.

    As for weight, there is actually 3x settings. The light/medium settings uses less power, so you get longer battery life, which is pretty decent to begin with.
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    GH4 with 14mm & 20mm pancakes are no problem, can not recall if I used 12-35mm. Will need to test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Illya Friedman View Post
    Mounting and balance are both tool-less.
    Sounds very interesting. A test with the heavier 12-35 would be useful information.

    Thanks for the replies


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    Thanks Illya. The Pilotfly 2 any good?


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    I have the Beholder DS1 and use it with the G7 w/12-35. It's a great gimbal, especially with the new firmware update and profiles from Beholder. They have new one with encoders coming out called the EC1: http://www.cnchelicopter.com/pre-order-beholder-ec1-encoder-camera-stabilizer/


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    Quote Originally Posted by smoke23 View Post
    I have the Beholder DS1 and use it with the G7 w/12-35. It's a great gimbal, especially with the new firmware update and profiles from Beholder. They have new one with encoders coming out called the EC1: http://www.cnchelicopter.com/pre-order-beholder-ec1-encoder-camera-stabilizer/
    I also have the Beholder DS1 and works fine with the GH4 and 12-35, and even with the 35-100 (although I never use it, it can hold it pretty decently). The DS1 has a maximum weight of 1,6 Kg.

    @Smoke23, Where did you download the firmware updates? Any kind of complication installing it (total noob with this, btw). any improvment is always welcome, but if there is a slight change of messing things up I would way at least until wedding season is over ;)


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