Popular Chinese gimbal maker Zhiyun-Tech has just announced the launch of the CRANE 2S gimbal. With the Crane 2 series widely recognized as the exemplar of three-axis handheld gimbals for professional filmmakers, Zhiyun’s Crane 2S builds on that benchmark with greater load and size capacity and more filming flexibility.
According to Zhiyun, the upgraded algorithm system is tested and fine-tuned to ensure reliable and excellent performance of CRANE 2S, even in the most challenging environments. Let’s take a closer look.
As a rule, videographers have to constantly switch between different cameras to ensure they are using the optimal tools for the task at hand. CRANE 2S is ready to embrace this challenge.
With highly optimized motors, the unit handles larger cameras such as the BMPCC 6K, Panasonic S1H, EOS 1DX Mark II with ease. The new generation 9th Instune Algorithm, on the other hand, ensures smooth, reliable performance even in time-sensitive tasks.
CRANE 2S also features FlexMount System which greatly simplifies the setup process while at the same time secures your valuable camera gear with a double safety mechanism. For the first time in the industry, CRANE 2S comes with a quick-release mount along with a safety knob on the tilt axis which allows users to switch to vertical shooting in a snap without the need of additional accessory installation.
The lightweight but strong carbon fiber handle of the CRANE 2S is another key feature that makes this a reliable and sturdy workhorse while offering more secure hand feel.
CRANE 2S is built on the classic design of CRANE 2 while being reinvented in detail. The new 0.96-inch OLED screen offers a wider view that enables you to navigate through the entire menu system and switch between modes swiftly.
There’s also a brand new axis lock system added to the CRANE 2S. Once locked, the axis will stay absolutely still without any swinging, rest assure your camera equipment is 100% safe on the gimbal while traveling or in storage.
For boost real-life filming efficiency, CRANE 2S is equipped with multiple mounting points: a 1/4″ screw hole on the back of the quick release base plate for the camera to shift between different devices such as sliders and tripods. There are also two 1/4″ screw holes with crown gear and a 3/8″ screw hole on the gimbal for creative adaptation.
Additionally, the TransMount Image transmitter can directly slide into the bottom of the quick release base plate without screws. According to Zhiyun, CRANE 2S pushes boundaries with its film grade focus control ability bringing a built-in focus control wheel and servo follow focus motor that realizes next level precision control.
The newcomer also provides six gimbal modes with buttery smooth movement, satisfying all demands from basic to advanced: pan following, locking, following, full-range POV, Vortex mode, and Go mode. You will also get access to some advanced cinematic effects such as Panorama, Timelapse, Motionlapse, and Long Exposure Timelapse.
The TransMount ecosystem of accessories serves videographers with the TransMount image transmission system, monopod, mini dual grip, dual handle, and more. The all-new gimbal uses three removable 18650 Li-ion batteries, providing a standard 12-hour runtime.
Last but not least, the Zhiyun CRANE 2S comes in three versions – a Standard package with a tripod selling for $599, a Combo package including tripod, 3 extra batteries and TransMount mini dual handle for $649 and a Pro package that will be launched at around the end of August.
B&H Order Links:
- Zhiyun-Tech CRANE 2S Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer
- Zhiyun-Tech CRANE 2S Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer Combo Kit
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