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  1. #1 What are your favourite lenses for gimbal use? 
    Junior Member Robert Bahou's Avatar
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    Is there one lens to rule them all?

    I'd love to hear your thoughts
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    Compact zooms are my preferred for gimbal work. Primes are usually nice and compact but you are stuck with one focal length or lens changes.
    Therefore I like zooms that are prime sized. My 2 favorite lenses for this are the Sigma Cine 18-35 and the RED Pro Zoom 17-50 mkII.
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    I really love the Ultraprimes, Superpeeds, Kowa anamorphics, Optimo Angenieux, Cooke Minis - any lens that is great and happens to be on the small side.
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    Ronin 2 and master anamorphics on armorman next week. Picture quality doe not care for backpain. :)

    Tested the setup briefly yesturday and its actually not to bad.

    But for lowweight fd’s with focus gears and 80 mm front ring withscrew on NDs iswhat we use.
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    an always-in-the-bag lens is the sigma 18-35
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    I guess this is a question that goes to the heart of gimbal usage since you have to make the argument for gimbal in general if you are going to chose a lens for the sake of the support system.

    Gimbal usage offers two things that that can be kind of summed up by one word: agility

    Agility in the sense of human movement, and agility in the sense of converting rapidly between multiple modes of production: hand held, remote operating, hand off.

    Considering Steadicam's weight capacity, inertia, precision framing, heavier lenses etc, a gimbal becomes somewhat less useful as an alternative (at least for eye-height shots) especially when it's heavy - unless you have a great support system but still, the physical size of the rig and the position one must carry it at (kissing the roll motor - especially with extended arm length for heavier rigs) makes Steadicam the preference still.

    Where the gimbal excels is agility - lighter rigs can be carried smoothly without even support systems, move faster, go into more restrictive places etc - especially thinking of setups like the Ronin S or MoVI M5 now.

    So I would argue the very best gimbal lenses available atm are these:

    https://www.ducloslenses.com/collect...a-m-0-8-primes
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