Hey, guys,Welcome to my article comparing the crane version, one gimbel that I’ve used for over a year, that I loved my favorite Gimbel’s that I’ve owned just all around.
Fantastic product. And as far as I know, the best. Single-handed Gimbel just easy to use. Take it out of the box, put your camera on there. Don’t even balance it correctly or all the way and go and shoot fantastic product in. Pretty much everybody agrees that this is the one to get if you’re going to get a singlehanded Gimbel vs. the version two. Now, don’t get confused.
This is not a tzion or how we pronounce it. Craine. This is the crane version too. So there is a difference. The crane, too, is going to be out here shortly and I hopefully will have a video on that. That’s a larger gamble.
It supports about twice the weight and also has focusing ability built into it.
So this is the version two of this gamble. The version one is no longer for sale on most Web sites, but there are people selling them second hand.
And people do wonder, should they upgrade to the version, too, if they have the version one or suggest they buy a version one for less money than some people are selling them. Now, as far as performance, there really isn’t any difference I’ve uses for over a year.
This for about three months and the footage looks identical.
So even if I did show you side by side test, which I decided not to, you’re not going to be able to see any difference. They both have the same type of encoders and motors.
They both do a super good job. There’s no micro jitters. And as long as we as long as you like, practice how you walk, you’re not going to get a lot of up and down motion. So that part of it is great. Now, where there is a difference is convenience in adjustability and stuff like that. And there are a couple of things I prefer more on the crane version one.
So let’s go ahead and start getting into it. First off, wait. So when this thing came out, it supported 100 Grim’s.
Later on, they put out a firmware update that allowed it to go up to eighteen hundred grams. This guy out of the box supports eighteen hundred grams.
Now, one interesting fact that not a lot of people know about is Crane was actually telling people if you’re using a camera system that’s under fifteen hundred grams, do not up your upgrade your firmware.
So I actually did not upgrade my phone line because I’m using the lightweight Sonis.
They said that if you do that Fermor upgrade, you’re not going to get good performance under fifteen hundred grams. So very interesting.
I didn’t test it out myself since I was lower. But if you are shooting over fifteen hundred grams do the firmware. If not do not with this gimbal. They don’t say anything just out of the box. It supports up to 18 hundred grams. So there may be some kind of a difference.
But as far as spec wise than coders and motors, I couldn’t find anything. Now the first thing you’ll notice, if you’ve owned a crane one and you pick up a crane, too, is the grip. This was one of my complaints with the version one.
The version one has a very long grip, a kind of just gets in the way sometimes, especially if you want to pack it down, put it into a bag, it’s going to stick out so it’s longer.
So they actually change out the batteries and the shorter, fatter, shorter batteries allow them to make this grip shorter, which is nice.
The new batteries get about twelve hours of battery life with two of them, which are included in the box, which is definitely nice. When I go out and shoot a wedding, I don’t have to swap batteries these last basically all day. It’s fantastic.
Now the older ones, they got about six hours, but they actually included four batteries in the box. Each still get about twelve hours about her life.
But you’d have to charge two sets of batteries, bring them and then swap them out when it does die. And sometimes it is inconvenient when they do die out.
Now onto the next most noticeable part, and that is where you attach your camera.
This has three different rails and they have about two and a half inches of travel. And so you decide how far you want to mount your camera and then you can adjust forward and backwards for the lens or the weight. Now, the new version uses a quick disconnect plate. Now there’s actually a bolt in the back so it won’t accidently come out.
And I’ve never actually took a mine out. What it is really nice for is to have more travel forwards and backwards. This is about one inch more travel. So if you have a lighter camera or heavier camera, you can adjust it that way.
Now, what I like most about the split is that I’m able to adjust the camera sideways as well, not just forward and backwards.
Where here I had three slots. I choose one. I didn’t have any fine control. Here I do. So if there was ever a situation where you’d rather have one your camera be in between one of these, which did happen to me, you’re able to do that now on top of that.
I can remember how much sideways or how close I had the camera to this play right here when I put it in. And so I can set it up really quickly.
Probably about twice as fast. Now, what would happen with the version one is I would put it in one of these slots and depending on the camera and the lens, I had to mess with this bar a lot more often because I didn’t have fine control of it sideways.
So I would always put it in a just how much forward is adjust this bar here and then I might have to adjust the forward and back as well. So it took longer to do that.
Or here I basically never find myself adjusting this part since.
I’m using just a few lenses with one camera. I’m able to just finally adjust it here so it is a lot more convenient. Now, along with this setup right here, having one inch more travel going forward and backwards, you actually have about a quarter inch more travel on this top bar, on this bar here and here.
So all your axes have about a quarter inch more travel, which might not sound like it would matter, but I have had times where I needed a little bit more adjustment.
The top are here now with this one. I’ve never had that happen because I have more room here. And I also have the adjustments here as well. So overall, it does make quite a bit of a difference if you’re switching out multiple cameras or multiple lenses on here to be able to adjust that quicker.
Now onto the last physical difference between the two Gimbels.
As you guys see here, the joysticks are different. Here we have all the controls on the front where here we have the on off switch here. And then we have our zoom control on the side.
On this one, we have all on the front. We have a photo button. Now also turns it on and then you have your little zoom controller and then you have your model and the joystick.
Now, Zion’s said that this is a better version, which gives you more fluid control and they preferred overall. That’s why they switched over to it.
This is where I kind of disagree for some reason.
And other people may not agree with this, but I felt like it was a lot easier and a lot more fluid for me to control with this joystick.
So this is kind of resembles like a a P.S. to our P.S. three Europeans for little controller where you push it up and it actually flexes forward and backwards. So it feels more natural to me, maybe because I was gaming. This thing is flat and it doesn’t really move forward and backwards. It just goes up and down and left and right.
And just in my experience, I feel like I just had finer control with this.
Now, this button here actually also was the mode dial so I could be adjusting the Gimbel double click on it and I can change my modes or triple click whichever mode you want to go into.
Where here I have a separate mode dial and I feel like sometimes this one I don’t know if it just is my unit. I have to, I click it twice and it doesn’t register the net to click it again. Where this guy always worked out of the box.
So those are the physical differences between the Gimbels. Not a whole lot, but there are some things that make the new version improved overall. Is it worth upgrading if you have the version one? Well, I think for most people, no, it’s not.
That performance is basically the same. And if you don’t mind the longer grip and you have the time to balance your camera properly. It really won’t matter.
Now for me when I’m shooting weddings and now in the field and I can balance this guy twice as fast in every moment counts. And I don’t want to be missing any shots. That does matter. And also the battery life, not having a die and then having a swap out battery somewhere through the wedding. That is also nice as well.
Now, I will have an actual review video on the version, too, with example shots from different weddings that have shots.
If you guys want to check that out, And then as soon as the actual version to Crane or the crane, too, are messing up Maham myself, as soon as that guy comes out, we will be testing that as well. Thank you guys for watching.
If you guys any questions you guys can ask in that comment section below, I’ll have a link to this guy which is currently on sale. And it’s a fantastic, fantastic gamble. A giant makes great products for great prices. Those links will be down in the article description. Thank you for watching and I’ll see you in the next article.