DJI have announced an amazing new Ronin Gimbal at NAB this year.
The Ronin MX; a lighter, faster, versatile unit, with similarities to that of the MoVI Freefly Gimbals, but with the same ease of use of the original Ronin Gimbal.
The Ronin MX has been built mostly from a magnesium composite, which helps its overall weight down to approx 2.8 KG. This is a incredible weight reduction, compared to the original full size Ronin which weighed in at approx 4.2KG.
This gimbal has also been built to take high end cameras, such as the Red Epic, Arri Alexa Mini, so no loss payload wise which is great news!
We will be stocking this gimbal very soon, watch the space!
This year’s Oscars saw a fantastic
turn out for filmmakers, actors and all those involved in production.
So congratulations to all
the winners and nominees. Especially Leonardo DiCaprio, who after performing in
countless Oscar worthy films, has finally been awarded one for ‘The Revenant’.
You can read our post on it here.
But the question we are wondering is; What cameras were used
in the Oscar films this year?
Well, No Film School has already
taken care of this for us and is worth reading what they have to say.
What we found interesting is that Red in all its forms was
not used in the previous years of the Oscar nominated films. Arri had won the battle
here, though there were some interesting show of hands in 2014. Like Captain
Philips, which used 8 different cameras, including GoPro.
However, this year, 2016, saw it appear in 3 different
films. Whether or not it was used for the entirety is unclear. These films
include The Martian, The Revenant and Room.
All we can say is Red is defiantly making a comeback and
with the imminent arrival of their new Red Weapon; can we expect them to
overtake Arri for the Oscar camera of the year, or will Sony get their hands on
These beautiful lenses are sort after because of
the unique look they give. Used in countless films/projects over the decades,
they are a go to lens of choice for many DOP’s.
What's more impressive is you can mix these S4/i
Mini's with the full size S4/i's and you don't have to worry about difference
in colour/overall look, because they have effectively the same glass. The major
difference between them is the Mini’s give you T2.8 and the full size gives you
T2, which isn’t always necessary if you are using artificial lighting.
The capability of swapping between them is critical,
when you need to go from a dolly/crane shot to a Gimbal or Steadicam, where
weight and balancing is crucial. Having this ability to go from heavier S4/I’s to
its lighter and smaller counterpart on the fly is a real benefit for filmmakers.
Our standard set comes with
5x lenses; 18mm, 25mm, 32mm, 50mm, 75mm.
We also stock the 100mm as an
additional lens, which you can add to the kit.