Indie filmmakers and creatives using compact handheld gimbals like the DJI Ronin-S, Tilta Gravity G2x, or the Zhiyun Crane 2 have been waiting patiently for the Tilta Nucleus-Nano wireless follow focus system to start shipping and for lots of these folks, the wait is now over.
Tilta just announced their highly-anticipated Nucleus-Nano (or as it is also often referred to – Nucleus-N) is now shipping at the super-affordable price of $229 USD. This is a price that is hard to believe considering the cost of such wireless systems from other brands, normally designed for stiffer, bugger PL lenses more suited to traditional wireless FF systems with larger, much more expensive and bigger motors.
I think Tilta have hit the nail right on the head with this one – a compact wireless focus system for stills and lightweight cine-vized lenses that can be used on small mirrorless cameras flown on handheld gimbals at a price that users of such gear can actually afford.
Not to be confused with the slightly larger Nucleus-M, which is suitable for PL lenses, the more compact and affordable Nucleus-Nano is a revolutionary wireless lens control system specifically designed for handheld gimbal systems, which makes it possible for a single operator to control a lens gear while simultaneously operating their gimbal.
The cool thing here is that if you own a Nucles-M, the Nano is fully cross-compatible with the Nucleus-M controllers and motors. The Nano Hand Wheel Controller has virtually no delay and is highly responsive and accurate; the hand control unit is powered via a single 14500 rechargeable battery (which is included in the kit) and is good for about 6 hours run time.
Users can mount the Nano controller unit on the side of the Tilta Gravity G2X Compact Handheld Gimbal via the gimbal body’s rosette connection, which allows them to easily pull focus, while still controlling and moving around with the gimbal.
The Nucleus-Nano motor gets power via 5-18V input from a Micro USB port, which means you can power it from a power bank get power from the G2X 5V Micro USB output or via a separately sold D-tap to 5V Micro USB cable.