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Zhiyun Crane V2 3 Axis Brushless Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer 3 32Bit MCUs Brushless Motors With Encoders for Mirrorless Camera Sony A7 Series Panasonic LUMIX Series Nikon J Series C

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Put the price OP. I was going to post this but you beat to it. $543 and its tax free and dont forget to use e b a t e for 3%,

I have been eyeing this gimbal and was planning on getting it at Zhiyun website since they have 10% and tax frew as well for $575. But for $543 this is a good deal for V2 Zhiyun Crane.

I was also planning on getting the Crane M for $499 since i am limited in budget. But for $144 i can have the flexibilty on putting a bigger lens on my a6500. I guess if you going to invest, invest for the future. Which means my wallet and wife will not like.
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Best deal I've found on it. Been looking every single day. Finally pulled the trigger.
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Best deal I've found on it. Been looking every single day. Finally pulled the trigger.
Lol me too, but i guess no love with the SD people. I am guessing not that many do videography, if they do they already have a gimbal or this is unnecessary accessory.
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This seems like a lot of money but is this normal? Is this a good brand? Anything in the 200-300 range that's comparable? Thanks!
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massdrop just finished a drop about a month ago so it's possible some people got it from that deal.
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Why carry all that weight on one hand when there's smaller options with great quality.
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This seems like a lot of money but is this normal? Is this a good brand? Anything in the 200-300 range that's comparable? Thanks!
Zhiyun is i believe the popular brand for gimbals. I have been researching the best and the most lowest price for a gimbal and zhiyun is the best choice.

Zhiyun makes a smaller gimbal for smaller cameras called Crane M for $399. Maybe that will work for you. Check youtube a lot of good reviews on this brand and their gimbals.
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Why carry all that weight on one hand when there's smaller options with great quality.
If you're talking about an Osmos/Cell Phone then know it has a lot of limitations.

A mirrorless with a small gimbal is the smallest form factor you're going to get from a decent stabilizer that can support the weight of a bigger lens without sacrificing quality, sensor limitations or lens limitations for most pro/sumer work.
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This seems like a lot of money but is this normal? Is this a good brand? Anything in the 200-300 range that's comparable? Thanks!
$200-300 will only get you Zhiyun smooth-q or a dji osmo mobile and both are only for smartphone which is still a great way to start. Then you move into $300-500 which would be the Zhiyun crane M. Then after that you have the $699+ which include dji ronin or the new ronin 2017 model or the crane v2. So if you have a dslr you're going to spend an easy $400+ most likely. I've talked to many top youtube pros and they love this crane. I'd be all over this if I had the cash. I'm buying all the little parts that I can afford right now. I just got a nice chest mount to do great POV for cooking channel.
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The Crane is a good deal even at its normal $600-650 retail price, as its performance and weight capacity rival other gimbals that cost hundreds more. There's nothing in its price range or below that comes close to the same performance, that can carry the same weight. For $550 it's a great deal.

In general, with camera gear, there's the expensive pro or prosumer stuff that's solid and reliable and does the job well every time. This is the stuff everyone wants, but not everyone can afford.

Then there's the cheap stuff, that's made to LOOK like the pro stuff, that everyone WANTS to work just as well as the pro stuff, but doesn't. The price is appealing but it's actually not worth it in the long or even medium run, as its performance is either inconsistent, or just crappy, and you'll end up replacing or upgrading it.

Then, there's occasionally stuff in the middle- that's a good price, but still delivers pro-level results (when used correctly). The Crane is one of these items.
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Comparing the footage you're going to get with the Crane and a camera in the classes it's intended to be used with (mirrorless or small DSLR) to what you'll get out of an Osmo or a small gimbal with a cellphone or GoPro is pretty pointless, it's two different leagues. Even something like an RX100 (with a Crane M) is going to be a step down.

If Osmo/cellphone/GoPro footage is good enough for you, great, get one of those little gimbals. If it's not, you need a better camera, which will be bigger, which calls for a larger gimbal.

Zhiyun also sells a double-handle kit for the Crane, which makes it more like a Ronin or whatever other two-handed gimbal you want to compare it to.
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For anyone looking to buy this or any other electronic gimbal stabilizer know the limitations and what to look for.

1. Weight capacity.
If you're got a standard sized DSLR with any kind of zoom or prime lens then you will need something that can support more than 5lbs without wearing or stressing the electronic gimbal.

2. Mounting
If you're going to have an external monitor like a ninja, external mic and/or recorder plus some kind of follow focus mechanism then this isn't the gimbal for you, lol. Then again if you have this type of equipment then most likely you won't even be looking at smaller units like this in the first place.

This type of unit is best suited for point and shoots (G7X, RX100s..) or Mirrorless

3. Know your shots
Gimbals are great for motion stability but if you plan to walk around with it then know the focusing limitations of your camera.

I've got a big Movi M10 for my professional job and that thing is a beast in handling bigger cameras and lenses, but you're not going to move that thing like you would a point and shoot hand held or something with a smaller form factor like the gimbal in this thread. Each shot I do with it is planned and rehearsed.

Just know your style or shooting and what you need it for, otherwise you may end up just using this once or twice and leaving it in the dust.


All that aside, gimbals are awesome and save a ton of time in stabilizing in post, and also it adds that extra touch of professionalism in your moving footage.
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It seems like gift cards and Amazon cash are not working on this. unusual.
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Good price! Thanks for sharing. I had a deal alert on a gimbal, and I never figured it would ever trigger. Might just get a Zhiyun Smooth Q to practice with first before I splurge.
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