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Hi everybody, 

What is your favorite focal lens to use on a Gimbal?

For me this is 21mm. Wide enough that you can film action things with full body of people (unlike 24mm, which I used a lot with a 24-70 on Gimbal), yet not so wide that it looks like a GoPro or ultra wide shot (14 or 16mm).

Unfortunately, while DSLRs have the incredible sigma 20mm 1.4 that’s amazing in low light as well as creating background blur in wide shots, I think that Panasonic and Sony miss a similar offering in their lineup. 

There is the Batis 18mm but only 2.8 and a tad wide, otherwise a great lens. 

Any on Panasonic side? There is the great 12mm 1.4 but again, that’s a 24mm equivalent. 

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My preferred one is the 24 1.4 with the 1Dx II it makes around 32mm... second best 50 1.2 and sometime I use the 16-35 but I prefer a bit longer and with more shallow dof.... a wide angle all in focus shoot looks too much iPhone/osmo video....

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A quick question from someone considering buying a gimbal: do the gimbals give a smooth picture to unstabilised cameras, or are there micro-jitters which requires OIS/IBIS for best performance? My camera is about 500g lens included, so I'm thinking of the Zhiyun Crane M category. 35mm FF, so slightly wide angle.

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FF: 35mm works very well, I had a 12mm Samyang which I sold (kinda regret it) that gave me the same FOV on the BMPCC. Moderate wide angle, still works for faces, easy to stabilize n' track.

@UncleBobs:

If you take your time to balance your gimbal and tweak the PIDs you shouldn't have any jitters @ FF: 35mm.

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2 hours ago, UncleBobsPhotography said:

A quick question from someone considering buying a gimbal: do the gimbals give a smooth picture to unstabilised cameras, or are there micro-jitters which requires OIS/IBIS for best performance? My camera is about 500g lens included, so I'm thinking of the Zhiyun Crane M category. 35mm FF, so slightly wide angle.

Having lens IS or IBIS helps a lot. Even with perfect camera balance on a Gimbal, having both stabilization gives you better result. Many YouTube video prove that and experienced it myself. Even more true with longer lens.

Now be careful with the Crane M. It stabilizes less well than the normal version even for 500g camera. Now if your camera has good IBIS like GH5, I think you are good to go with the M

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On 12/7/2017 at 11:46 PM, cindy6 said:

SLR magic has a 10mm, Voigtlander has a 10.5mm, both in native m43 mount.

The Voigtlander is a miserable lens. According to lenstip, it has huge vignetting, monstrous coma, high astigmatism, visible spherical aberration, significant field curvature, ugly out of focus areas, a field of view over two degrees narrower than stated in the specifications and a weak quality/price ratio. 

 

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Panasonic 14mm 2.5 with Sony VCL-ECU1 equate to 21mm focal length.

 

Though my most used one is Oly 12mm F2.0 on gimbal, followed by Laowa 7.5mm f2, on Sony one it's 10-18mm F4, on Canon it's 10-18mm F4.5-5.6

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It seems that my wish has been done!
Tamron just announced a 20mm f/2 for Emount with AF. Might be the perfect wide (but not to wide) prime for Sony FE on gimbal.

No prime in the 18-21 range with AF existed before for FE. 

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On 12/8/2017 at 11:08 PM, jonpais said:

The Voigtlander is a miserable lens. According to lenstip, it has huge vignetting, monstrous coma, high astigmatism, visible spherical aberration, significant field curvature, ugly out of focus areas, a field of view over two degrees narrower than stated in the specifications and a weak quality/price ratio. 

 

In other words, it has great character!!!

 

(Actually, now that I think about it, that whole description sounds like ME looking in the mirror on a Monday morning.)

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