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Zhiyun-Tech has taken the indie film world by storm over the last year. Their products are affordable and produce results that can be easily compared to much more costly gimbal systems. I've been using the Crane 2 for months now, here is my experience of using it.
Note: I am a Sony shooter so won't be looking in depth at the capabilities of the Crane 2 with other manufacturers, I have done some follow focus tests with the Canon 5D III as an example.
Feature wise, the Zhiyun Tech Crane 2 packs much more into the gimbal than the Crane 1 and Crane v2 combined. It's increased payload means that shooters using Canon 5D's or Sony a7's with Metabones adapters can comfortably operate the gimbal with less stress on the motors. I've even seen Canon cinema cameras, RED cameras and Sony FS5's rigged on them!
A brand new feature is the follow focus, in which I've seen some great examples of Crane 2 operators pulling and tracking focus on moving subjects. Zhiyun Tech has since updated the gimbal firmware so that a number of the camera control features are now available when filming on Canon, Sony, Nikon and Panasonic cameras!
The biggest improvement for me has been using a Manfrotto standard quick release plate, that simply slides on and off the gimbal. It means you can go from filming on a tripod or monopod straight onto the Crane 2. No hassle, no screws to undo and then re-balance the gimbal. It's simple, and it works.
On a recent shoot, I swapped between filming with the Sony a7S II and Sony a6500 on the Crane 2, which was ideal!
Dual handles for the Crane 2 allow for more accessories such as a monitor or microphone to be added to the setup. There is also a follow focus unit now available too, that hooks up to the focus wheel on the handle. For more info about the gimbal and accessories, check out the product page here.
Zhiyun Crane V2 Firmware Update
I use the Zhiyun Crane 2 on pretty much all of my video shoots, and combining it with 4K or slow motion really adds a level of production value that I hadn't been able to achieve before. Check out the next blog on the making of 'The Great Outdoors' for more gimbal action with the ZEISS Milvus Super Speed Primes!
DJI and Zhiyun are the two titans when it comes to the gimbal market for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. The DJI Ronin S and Zhiyun Crane 2 are two of the most popular single-handed gimbals for mirrorless cameras and smaller-bodied DSLRs.
The Ronin-S was DJI’s answer to the huge success of the Zhiyun Crane 2. Coming out around a year after the Crane 2, it finally meant DJI had something for those who were looking for a smaller and more affordable gimbal than the Ronin-M.
After recently renting out the Ronin-S for two days, I’ve had the chance to test the two gimbals side by side.
Stabilization and Tracking Performance
Zhiyun Crane 2 Calibration
After fairly extensive testing of the two gimbals along with my Nikon D850, the two gimbals were pretty much even in stabilization performance. On certain playbacks the Ronin-S footage looked smoother, and in others the Crane 2 looked better. In any case, the difference wasn’t big enough for the naked eye to discern.
However, AI tracking performance was noticeably more snappy on the Ronin-S. The Crane 2 wasn’t bad by any means, but when filming my dog play fetch there were times where the Crane 2 would take time to catch up and end up with the dog missing from a few frames.
Winner: DJI Ronin-S
The Zhiyun Crane 2 can carry a payload of up to ~7lbs (3200g). The Ronin-S can support up to ~8lbs (3600g).
Both gimbals should be fine for most DSLR setups, but the Ronin-S leaves more breathing room for those that employ heavier cine lenses, shotgun mics, gimbal monitors and various other accessories.
Winner: DJI Ronin-S
Build Quality And Ergonomics
Both the Crane 2 and Ronin-S are built from durable metal, but the heavier Ronin-S definitely feels more robust in the hands. In saying that, there haven’t been any widespread build quality issues for the Crane 2 or Ronin-S, so it’s safe to say that it’s unlikely either gimbal will fall apart while filming.
Zhiyun Tech Crane 2
Both gimbals have good ergonomics but the Ronin-S has a slightly more ergonomic grip. The Ronin-S has an ergonomically designed grip whereas the Crane 2 just has a metal cylinder as its grip, which can make it difficult to determine whether you are holding it completely straight since it feels the same all around.
Winner: DJI Ronin-S
Weight and Portability
Weight and portability are two crucial factors for those that frequently hit the road and film for longer periods of time.
The Ronin-S weighs 4.1 lbs (1.86 kg) whereas the Crane 2 weighs 2.76 lbs (1.25 kg). The difference isn’t huge and the weight of the gimbal itself only accounts for a small proportion of the entire setup’s weight. However, over long periods of time the weight you save with the Crane 2 will definitely reduce fatigue.
Although the Crane 2 weighs less, it doesn’t pack down quite as well as the Ronin-S. DJI have made it possible to unscrew the base/grip from the gimbal head, making it easier to fit into smaller compartments.
Although both gimbals will be able to stabilize footage for any camera that fits properly, proper compatibility ensures that the gimbal can properly control various camera features.
The Ronin-S originally lacked compatibility for Canon DSLRs, but with the latest firmware full interfacing compatibility has been added. Meanwhile, Zhiyun added compatibility with the Nikon Z6 and Z7 in their latest firmware updated.
There are a plethora of accessories for either gimbal. DJI and Zhiyun are the biggest names in DSLR/mirrorless gimbals and have a lot of first-party and third-party accessories.
A follow focus system which physically pulls the focus ring on the barrel of a lens is an accessory often used by those filming video. Upon its release the Ronin-S lacked a follow focus system but now DJI have released their own. The Zhiyun Crane 2 has the Servo Follow Focus accessory. I have personally not used either and have gotten satisfactory results with autofocus, but more technical videographers will certainly want to look deeper into the gimbals’ respective follow focus system options.
The Crane 2 makes use of three removable batteries that together give it an 18 hour battery life. Meanwhile, the Ronin-S features a built-in battery which can last for up to 12 hours.
Removable batteries are superior in that they can be recharged separately and provide the option for buying a secondary set of backup batteries. The built in battery of the Ronin-S does however mean charging is without the need of taking out the batteries and putting them back in each time you charge.
Winner: Zhiyun Crane 2
At the time of writing, the Crane 2 is the cheaper of the two. You can get the gimbal with the servo follow focus unit for just shy of $500.
Meanwhile, the cheapest option for the Ronin-S is the Essentials Kit which includes a plastic (instead of metal) tripod and doesn’t bundle a follow focus unit. The official bundle costs more.
Winner: Zhiyun Crane 2
After spending time with both gimbals I can say I preferred the DJI Ronin-S overall. Its ergonomics were superior and I would have more trust in its reliability given the superior build quality. The superior tracking performance also made it more suitable for capturing fast paced action.
Having said that, the Crane 2 is an incredibly good DSLR and Mirrorless camera gimbal that costs less and has a few advantages of its own. If you come across a second-hand one in good condition or find it heavily discounted, it may be too good to pass up on.
Having trouble figuring out which gimbal to get for your DSLR or mirrorless camera? Check out the list of my favorite gimbals for DSLR.
I’m a photographer and the chief editor of Capture Guide. I now live in Santa Barbara, California but spent several years across parts of South America working as a journalist with my trusty old Nikon D7100.