Zhiyun Assistant App Gets Snazzy New Look

The Zhiyun Assistant App interface has gotten a fresh new look, and it isn’t all purely cosmetic. The app now shows remaining battery life in a large, easy-to-read dial. The buttons to access calibration, firmware upgrades, stabilizer settings and remote control functions are all there, but they are now larger and grouped conveniently together at… Read More

After Installing Firmware v1.51, Crane Still Unstable

I wrote yesterday that installing firmware update v1.50 to increase gimbal payload capacity to 1,800 grams made using the Crane unusable for camera/lens combinations weighing under 1,500 grams. Zhiyun Tech responded quickly, recommending I reinstall firmware v1.51. I installed the firmware this morning and shot a little video, and the shakiness is still there. Apparently,… Read More

To GH4 Owners: Do Not Update Zhiyun Crane to Firmware v1.50 5D RC2!

Almost three weeks ago, an acquaintance of mine, a filmmaker, sent me an urgent text, informing me that Zhiyun had just posted a firmware update for the Crane enabling camera/lens combinations weighing up to 1,800 grams, and requested that I download it immediately  so he could try it out with his Canon 5D. I went… Read More

Field Test II: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN for MFT

Just as in my previous tests, this clip was shot on Book Street, near the Saigon Central Post Office in Vietnam. This time, half the shots were made with the Zhiyun Crane brushless gimbal stabilizer, the rest with the camera mounted on the Edelkrone Slider Plus Small and iFootage Wild Bull T7 carbon fiber tripod.… Read More

Field Test II: Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f/1.2 DG Nocticron

Many photographers and filmmakers balk at spending more on a lens than they paid for their camera. But there is no reason not to purchase the best glass for your Lumix camera, even if the body cost only $500, because your camera is only as good as the lens.     Free Background Music from… Read More

IBIS Sticks on Lumix G80? No Problem – Use a Tripod!

From two readers over at  43 Rumors, this is priceless (concerning a video purporting to prove that Panasonic’s recent firmware update doesn’t prevent the IBIS from sticking when panning with the atrocious Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 lens on the Lumix G80): – Demo is useless. It should have been tested with a tripod. – Yes test… Read More

Field Test: Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f/1.2 DG Nocticron

When I did a search on YouTube, most of the ‘tests’ I saw of the Nocticron were of weeds and garbage (literally), with shutter speed set at 1/000 second (because the uploader didn’t want to shell out for an ND filter); or set exclusively at f/1.2 (WTF?), when stopping down to f/2.8 gives you 30… Read More

Field Test: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN for MFT

When I was younger, I used to collect classical music, and I’d buy records based on reviews in publications like the Penguin Guide to Classical Music and Gramophone magazine. When I’d get home and listen to their recommended recordings however, I was often dismayed by what I’d heard, and ended up throwing away a lot of money… Read More