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Gimbals, Drones, and Other Fun Film Toys


This past weekend I spent a little time out shooting some footage with some of my equipment. I pulled out my Phantom 3 Pro Drone as well as the DJI Ronin S. I drove about thirty minutes out of New Orleans to a city called Chalmette, Louisiana. That’s actually my hometown if you were wondering. I went into the Chalmette Battle Field, a national park where the Battle of New Orleans took place. It has a huge open field, so I was able to really push my drone to its limits.

DJI Phantom 3 Professional Drone Product Image

I topped it out at its maxed speed (unfortunately I didn’t catch what that speed was, but I’ll pay attention next time). I did some quick whip turns, as quick as the drone could handle, which wasn’t really too hard of a whip sadly. Anyway, I had about 15 minutes of flight time before the DJI app started warning me that my app, the drone, the batteries (yep, the batteries too), basically the whole setup all needed some massive updates and restricted me from taking off again.

So I headed about 5 minutes “up the road” as we call it, to Sydney D. Torres Park. The city just built a really nice skatepark there. I wish they had that when I was younger! I might have been the next Tony Hawk by now! I asked a couple of the guys out there if they would be okay with me shooting some footage of them skating. They were totally fine with it, and I’m glad they were, because I was able to shoot some pretty sweet footage of them skateboarding and biking. Best of all, I really got to push and test out the DJI Ronin S, which I really haven’t used very much yet.

  • DJI Ronin S 3 Axis Gimbal Steadicam Product Shot Image
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Image
  • Bestview S7 4K Field Monitor Product Shot

I built up the whole rig. The DJI Ronin S, my Canon 5D Mark III DSLR, and attached the Bestview S7 4K Monitor, and I was ready to go! I kid you not, I was running full speed for some of the shots, and the footage came out beautifully! So far all I’ve shot with the DJI Ronin S is a wedding, a cooking segment, and some test shots, so this was the first time I really got to get some action shots with the gimbal. So far, my honest opinion for this thing has been that I am FULLY impressed with its performance! It has some really great features, it’s very easy to use, it has a quick setup time, fluid steadiness, and the focus wheel make it in my option the best option of a gimbal on the market right now. I’ve used other gimbals, including the Zhiyun Crane Gimbal. The Zyune Crane doesn’t quite match up to the features the Ronin S offers.

Zhiyun Crane V2 3 Axis Gimbal Gimbal Product Image

I’ll add a review for the Ronin S soon and go through its features and how to set it up, but for now I’ll just say that I highly recommend it if you are looking to buy a gimbal!

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