Not long after the official announcement at NAB 2015, DJI released details on the pricing of their latest Ronin-M lightweight 3-axis stabiliser for cameras like the 5D Mark III, Panasonic GH4 and Sony A7s. The Ronin-M is currently selling for the unbelievable price of $1,400 and just in the last two weeks the first units started shipping to the first pre-orders. At such an affordable price for the performance and features that it provides, as well as the pedigree the its bigger brethren is known for, the Ronin-M is destined to become an extremely popular stabiliser for both professionals and enthusiasts.
The really cool thing about the DJI Ronin M is its compact stance. It is small enough to be packed in a carry-on or a backpack, and has half the weight of the original Ronin, at only 5 lbs./2.3 kg. The use of magnesium alloy made the significant weight reduction possible. The tool-less adjustment and removable 5-piece top handle bar are some of the other welcomed improvements that DJI implemented in the new Ronin-M stabiliser.
But just like any other piece of kit you may have, chances are you will need a protective case not just for storage, but for transport as well. Unlike the original Ronin, the M version does not ship with one. DJI decided not to include a case in order to keep the price low, for which we’re not complaining. The good news is that the good folks at Intelligent UAS in the States are working on a dedicated protective case for your DJI Ronin-M and just released a video showing off the prototype version.
Through the power YouTube and the Internet, these guys are looking for feedback on what to improve in the case before they send it for production. Use the comment section in the YouTube video below to let them know what you want improved.
The UAS Ronin M case sports a similar design interior-wise to the original Ronin’s case with a two tier setup with top and bottom sections. Soft handle grips will help you get the top section off easily. The battery holder compartment seems to be improved compared to the original Ronin case with the addition of two side holes for easier grip when you need to take the battery out of the case.
The UAS Ronin-M case is based on the popular Pelican iM2600 Storm case, which is commonly used for protective all sort of gear and valuable possessions. See more features and dimension info on the base case below.
images by 1UAS.com
Pelican iM2600 Storm Case Info
- Two Press & Pull Latches
- Double-layered, Soft-grip Handle
- Two Padlockable Hasps
- Vortex® Valve
- Flush Powerful Hinges
- Lightweight Strong HPX® Resin
- Guaranteed For Life
INTERIOR (L x W x D)
20″ x 14″ x 7.7″ (50.8 x 35.5 x 19.6 cm)
EXTERIOR (L x W x D)
21.2″ x 16″ x 8.3″ (53.8 x 40.6 x 21.1 cm)
BODY: Injection Molded HPX® high performance resin
FOAM: 1.6pcf polyester
LATCH: Valox – PBT polybutylene terephthalate
PURGE BODY: Valox – PBT polybutylene terephthalate
LID O-RING: Silicone Sponge
PURGE VENT: Gortex membrane
PINS: Stainless Steel or Aluminum
PURGE O-RING: Buna-N , 50-60 Durometer Shore A
The UAS Ronin-M protective case is available for pre-order at $330 and the company plans on making a wheeled version in the future as well.
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