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  1. It's hard to beat the Crane and the a6500 for a relatively affordable and compact stabilized autofocus high-detail rig. (Which has never overheated for me with the high-temp setting on - I just ignore the warning icon.) And yes, your setup will work. My similarly hefty and jerry-rigged Zhiyun Crane V1 setup actually balances and articulates quite well, even with a Breakthrough X4 ND 6-stop ND filter and the lens hood on that hefty 18-35/1.8 lens and with my Church Audio Ugly 2 Preamp and CA-14 Cardioid Mics mounted on top of my a6500 with 3M Extreme Mounting Tape. With the Arca Swiss plate under my a6500 it's easy to switch between my RRS QR tripod mount QR and the gimbal's SunwayFoto DDC-60LR QR Clamp, and I like keeping a Cullmann 50081 Magnesit Copter Multi-Tripod at the base for setting the gimbal down or using it as a little boom. I just hooked my recently obtained USB cable up too, and it's nice to have smooth Clear Image Zoom and Record controls handy. I too have thought of attaching a SmallHD Focus (and my LED light panel) to the handle. Thanks for the idea for that clamp arm.
  2. What do you think of rolling shutter correction in PP 2017?
  3. I don't think it takes much pixel peeping to see the obvious resolution advantage of 6k oversampling in the a6500/a6300 over the crop 1:1 pixel 4k options out there: https://***URL removed***/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr29_0=sony_a7sii&attr29_1=canon_eos1dxii&attr29_2=panasonic_dmcg85&attr29_3=sony_a6300&attr72_0=4k&attr72_1=c4k&attr72_2=4k&attr72_3=4k&normalization=full&widget=378&x=0.4307963787018565&y=-0.174296745725317 And once you put a Metabones Speed Booster on with some sharp fast Canon/Sigma primes, the stabilized full-frame look and detail/resolution is hard to beat, especially for the price. Yes I think it's easier to get good skin tone color out of Canons, but with a little practice one can get similar results with Sony. I think a lot of people are just fed up with Canon holding back so much in every camera they put out anywhere close to this price range.
  4. I've been interested in attaching things to the handle but haven't come up with the best way yet. Perhaps something like the Daisho gimbal clamp system mentioned in the other thread by Cinegain or a long plate system or the upcoming two-handle attachment for the Crane. In any case I don't see much reason to get the smaller Crane-M if there's any possible chance in the future you'd ever want to use a larger camera/lens combo on it. FYI with the new "5D" firmware for stabilizing the pitch for heavier lenses, the Crane is now smooth and stable (including pitch which was previously bouncy) in ALL modes with my 70D + Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art! (755g + 811g = 1566g!) You can see before & after in another person's setup.
  5. I finally got the new firmware installed (make sure you plug your USB cable into the handle, not the pitch motor housing up top), and now the gimbal is indeed smooth and stable (including pitch which was previously bouncy) in ALL modes with my 70D + Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art! (755g + 811g = 1566g!) Yippee!
  6. The download finally barely worked! Now to install it and try it out! CP210x_Windows_Drivers.zip Zhiyun_Gimbal_Tools_for_Windows_v1.2.0.zip
  7. Does it just not allow for full range of motion? I know with the 18-35/1.8 (which I think is heavier and longer) I have to remove the eyecup from my 70D to allow it to move freely. But your GH4 + adapter may be deeper than my 70D. I think you may need to use an adapter with a tripod mount to center the weight better. Did you get the new firmware working to confirm it can at least stay smooth? Zhiyun sent me the firmware via a Facebook message but they haven't sent the Tools yet.
  8. Still can't get the Tools to download, but it looks like someone has already tested it and posted a before & after video, and it looks excellent!
  9. Once I have the firmware installer for Windows, I will try out my 70D + 18-35/1.8 and 70D + 50/1.4 Art. Can you download them and post them here? (I'm guessing you'll have the same connection problems with their site right now, likely due to traffic for this upgrade.)
  10. Great news! Looks like their site can't handle the traffic now! Maybe someone who got it can post a mirror? Wait - It finally downloaded! Here it is! Crane Firmware V1.50 5D RC2.zip Oh, but the Windows USB driver & Tools links aren't working...
  11. Actually now it's the Aputure DEC Vari-ND (electronic variation from 3 to 11 stops allegedly without color casts) that looks like it will be the first to market (maybe they bought the tech from Genus?), supposedly by the end of the year! http://www.newsshooter.com/2016/09/10/ibc-2016-hands-on-with-aputures-impressive-dec-electronic-variable-nd-for-canon-ef-to-e-mount/ http://www.newsshooter.com/2016/09/09/ibc-2016-aputure-electronic-variable-nd-dec-canon-mirrorless-lens-adaper/
  12. Oops, the Kipon does 7 stops (1.5 to 7) . (I was confused by the "4 step range" wording in the exclusive distributor's Adorama ad and an older announcement on DPReview) Also, although removing the filter is possible, you lose infinity focus. The Fotodiox goes from 1 to 8.5 stops, the variable ND filter is not removable, and the ring is geared. I would be interested in seeing a comparison between the color casts these two adapters cause. Still looking forward to how this more advanced (but unfortunately much pricier) electronic version will do, since it provides FS5 level functionality and full wireless controls to Canon EF lenses (like the Aputure DEC does): http://www.newsshooter.com/2016/02/24/bve-2016-the-end-genus-show-electronic-nd-control-for-sony-e-mount-cameras/
  13. Looks like the Kipon only does 4 stops vs. 8 on the Fotodiox, but at least the filter is removable from the adapter, unlike the Fotodiox.
  14. Oh no, I hope that doesn't mean that the only way to record for more than 16 minutes is to turn IBIS off... Sad that so many work-arounds have to be done to exploit the amazing potential of this flaming little beast. And hopefully it doesn't go the way of the Note 7...
  15. Sweet, it's official! So the answer for me to the question of high-quality full-frame 4k (that doesn't break the bank) is the a6500 with the EF Metabones Speed Booster.
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