DJI Ronin my first thoughts following today’s shoot.
Having just shot my first day on a DJI Ronin I thought I’d share.
Setting up took only about 5 minutes. I was using my C300 with a 24mm Cine Prime lens. The most important thing to do is strip the C300 down to just the body. That means remove the grip, handle & top box and don’t forget to remove the viewfinder as it’ll knock on the back of the Ronin. If you need an audio guide track on the camera you can plug a microphone into the mini jack on the camera body or even a radio mic. Another suggestion here is to make sure the menu output is switched on on the SDI or hdmi output so you can make any adjustments you need to when the camera is mounted. But if you are recording to an external recorder make sure you switch the menu off so you don’t record the menu!
I mounted the Ronin base plate with the lens support making sure that the lens support fitted in in between the focus gear and the end of the lens, so the lens could rotate properly.
When mounting the camera onto the Ronin make sure you have everything on the camera that you want and remove the lens cap then get the camera as balanced as possible on the sliding plate before locking it into position.
Following that balance the roll axis by using the two red knobs under the base plate and get the camera looking as straight as possible. Then balance the tilt axis. To do this you need to point the camera skywards and then loosen the two side clips and raise or lower the camera until it stays looking skywards.
Finally the pan axis which you can adjust by moving the main mass of the camera under the line of the pan motor.
I adjusted all these parts fairly quickly and got the camera looking as steady and balanced as possible.
Then put the battery on the rig and switch it on by pushing battery power status check. The rig then comes to life!
Finally download the app here:
The App speaks to the gimbal via Bluetooth and very quickly does the fine adjustments. You can adjust all the other settings and modes using the app including setting the speed of the pan and the tilt and also resetting the whole thing!
Now you can go and make some pretty amazing shots!
It’s a heavy rig so you may want to use an Easy rig system with it. I know that I’ll be considering it.
I think that this new DJI Ronin at it’s amazing price point is going to be used loads and will be very popular but I would suggest to you that it’s used in shots that you know what’s going on or scripted shots rather than just any “run and gun” situation. I’m really impressed with the build and the ease of set up and I think that it’ll be fantastic with the C300 or Red or similar sized cameras but I really wouldn’t want to use it with an F5, Alexa or Amira due to the weight of the camera. Also at the moment those cameras are a bit to long for the rig but I believe DJI are bringing out something to support those cameras later. I also don’t think it’ll take that long to become quite a proficient operator.
I’ll post more videos, photos and thoughts as my Ronin experiences progress. :-)
DAY 2 with the addition of an EasyRig
Today On the 2nd day of the shoot I decided to use an Easyrig with my Ronin. What a difference it makes. I was able to use the Ronin for much longer periods during the day. Here are a couple of images from the shoot.