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Beholder Gimbal

ikan By Ko Maruyama
ikan has looked at the most common cameras that photographers use and given us the Beholder Gimbal.  The gimbal stabilizes the movement of your arms against the weight of your DSLR or mirrorless camera when you're shooting video.

Not all cameras bodies and lenses have the same weight, so ikan has created a grid for photographers to create their own custom rig.  Depending on what you shoot with, some lenses may not offer a perfect balance.

The rig is small enough to take with you everywhere you want to shoot video with your DSLR.

Ikan has made it easier to use its highly successful product, the Beholder Gimbal for DSLRs (DS1), a 3-axis handheld camera stabilizer designed specifically for DSLR and mirrorless cameras to capture smooth, stable footage. Since there are a multitude of cameras and lenses available that make up so many combinations, it can be difficult to know which setups will work best. With the release of this DS1 Compatibility Chart, people who own, use, or are looking to buy a DS1 can easily figure out if their camera and lens combination will be compatible.

In order to create the DS1 Compatibility Chart, ikan picked some of the most common cameras to test. Since not all camera and lens combinations will work with the DS1, ikan experts were tasked to test the limitations by weighing the camera body and lens and then balancing them with the DS1 gimbals. Each camera has its own chart and is combined with various lenses.

  • Simple to Operate
  • Light Weight Durable Construction
  • Works with DSLR's and Mirrorless Cameras between 1.5 to 3.7lbs
  • Equipped with 3 Axis Gyro Stabilized Brushless Motors to Balance Most Mirrorless Cameras
  • Lithium Battery Powered- Low Maintenance, Eco-Friendly
  • Illuminated ON-OFF Switch/Battery Indicator
  • 3/8"-16 Tripod Mount Socket

In the chart, the type of lens is listed first and then the lens weight and the combined weight (lens and camera) are listed. The next column tells you if the riser plate is needed or not in order to balance the camera on the DS1 correctly. (A riser plate is a plate that moves the camera's center of gravity to a different location in order to balance it.) The compatibility of the combination is then listed. For some camera and lens combinations, the range of motion was limited, but still compatible. For example, if the range of motion is listed as 'pitch limited', it means that the camera may have been too big to tilt up or down or the gimbal will run into the camera and interfere with it. The camera and lens still work with the gimbal, but just can't tilt 100%. If the combination was flip-out compatible, then you could flip the screen out on the camera. Camera and lens combinations that were able to balance and operate well were deemed compatible with the DS1. Specific videos will be added to show the combinations and detailed step-by-step balancing techniques.

A DS1 gimbal is a great tool for stabilizing cameras and getting smooth shots and is ideal for DSLR camera owners that shoot videos, independent filmmakers, and event production. Ikan will be adding additional cameras to the DS1 Compatibility Chart such as the Sony a7S II, Sony a6300, and the Panasonic GH4 in the near future.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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