I started vlogging using a iPhone, later to a Canon G7X, then to a Canon 80D and now I use a Canon EOS R. Got different lenses, which works good in low light, then got a drone and now a Ronin S. All these happened over a period of 18 – 20 months of vlogging, creating about 200 videos, out of which most of them are travel videos.
When I see my first video, I understand the changes that I have gone through in producing my vlogs.
Why did I get a gimbal?
I do mostly travel videos and many a times, even after putting lots of effort, I miss to get that really cinematic shots. Gimbals are the best possible solution for this problem. Now I am sure that I can do something different.
Why was I hesitant to get a gimbal all these days?
I had many times thought to get a Gimbal after getting my first DSLR camera, the Canon 80D. Those days, it was the Zhiyun Crane 2, had seen many reviews, unboxing, but I had noticed that most the popular video bloggers who personal shoot and edit their videos, would just use the smallest possible camera and not any gimbals.
I had over a period of time learned few tricks to get good shots without using any gimbals like
- Using Camera Straps
- Using Image Stabilisation of the camera
- Image Stabilisation of the lens
- Stabilising the footage during post production
- GoPro Hero 7 is great to shoot great stabilised shots
But, still you do not reach the level of using professional gimbal and I wanted to try it.
Problems of using a gimbal for regular vlogging
I have been trying to reduce the weight of my backpack and this is going to be a burden for me. This gimbal is going to add another about 2kg to my backpack if I am going to carry this when I travel.
Using the gimbal is not very easy, there is a process of balancing, which is not that tedious, but it can take some of your important time. Vlogging is not like a cinema production, so most of the time, it would be only me to do everything.
Holding and walking all day is going to be tough because of the weight.
How I plan to use this Gimbal?
I would use it when I have time to plan and take some cinematic shots. I am not going to replace my Gorilla pod with this gimbal.
Should you as a vlogger need to invest on a gimbal like this Ronin S?
I would say, if you are somebody like me, who wants to take your vlog to a higher level, then this should a good investment. I could manage some good footage with the tricks that I mentioned earlier, but I shoot all my footages using the EOS R camera which give me videos in C-Log format which is great for post production, color correction and color grading.
I will use this for some videos and get back with my experiences in a future post / video
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