Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 3-Axis Stabilizer with Follow Focus for Select Canon DSLRs

Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 3-Axis Stabilizer with Follow Focus for Select Canon DSLRs

Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 3-Axis Stabilizer with Follow Focus for Select Canon DSLRs

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Product Highlights

  • For Mirrorless & DSLR Cameras up to 7 lb
  • FF Control for Select Canon DSLRs
  • Pro-Grade Image Stabilization
  • OLED Display
  • Camera Control via Handgrip Buttons
  • 6000mAh Battery Runs up to 18 Hours
  • Power Select Sony Cameras via Gimbal
  • Quick Release Camera Plate
  • Gradual Power-Down Protects Camera
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Gimbal Model: Crane-2

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Zhiyun-Tech CRANE-2 overview

  • 1Description

Gain greater control over your gimbal shots with the Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2, a 3-axis handheld stabilizer with an integrated follow focus control for select Canon cameras. The Crane-2 supports DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and camcorders weighing up to a solid seven pounds. Connect your Canon DSLR or mirrorless camera (released after 2008, with an original autofocus lens) to the gimbal via cable, then adjust focus using the large thumbwheel on the handgrip. The Crane-2 offers three levels of focus control, enabling you to fine-tune your focusing based on the lens used, and the shot itself.

For quick, convenient adjusting of your camera's settings, the Crane-2 provides an interface comparable to those found on most cameras. Two large buttons, and two smaller ones, on the handgrip are pressed or rotated to scroll through and choose parameters. An LED screen above the controls enables you to quickly and easily monitor your settings. The Crane-2 offers improved motor torque, response speed, and image stabilization over earlier Zhiyun models, enabling smooth, reliable moves.

Shoot up to a whopping maximum of 18 hours—the Crane-2's three 18650-type batteries provide 6000mAh of capacity. Select Sony cameras may be charged through the gimbal, eliminating time otherwise spent swapping out camera batteries. Additional Crane-2 features include a Manfrotto-standard quick release plate for rapid camera mounting, and a "slow-fall" function that protects your camera from a sudden drop when the stabilizer is powered down.

Features
  • Supports cameras weighing up to 7 pounds
  • Improved torque, response, and image stabilization over prior models
  • Quick, direct camera control via handgrip buttons
  • LED screen displays camera and stabilizer settings
  • Manfrotto-standard quick release plate for quick camera mounting
  • Maximum of 18-hour runtime with included batteries
  • "Slow-fall" feature protects your camera from a sudden drop when the Crane-2 is powered down
  • Power select Sony cameras through the stabilizer
Follow Focus Function Compatibility
Three-level follow focus control for Canon DSLR and mirrorless cameras released after 2008, with original Canon autofocus lenses
UPC: 191493000186
In the Box
Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 3-Axis Stabilizer with Follow Focus for Select Canon DSLRs
  • Tripod
  • 3 x 18650 Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Battery Charger
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • Micro to Mini-USB Cable
  • Sony Camera Control/Charging Cable
  • Panasonic Camera Control Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Zhiyun-Tech CRANE-2 specs

    Power
    Operating Voltage Minimum: 9.8 V
    Standard: 11.1 V
    Maximum: 12.6 V
    Operating Current Minimum: 110 mAh
    Maximum: 6000 mAh
    Output Voltage USB: 5 V
    Camera Charging: 8 V
    Output Current USB: 1 A
    Camera Charging: 2 A
    Battery Runtime Minimum: 12 h
    Maximum: 18 h

    With balanced center of gravity

    Movement
    Following Accuracy Static: ±0.01° to ±0.3°
    Motion: ±0.05° to ±0.1°
    Rotational Angle Range Tilt: -135° to +185°
    Roll: 360°
    Pan: 360°
    General
    Operating Temperature Minimum: 14°F (-10°C)
    Standard: 77°F (25°C)
    Maximum: 113°F (45°C)
    Payload Capacity Minimum: 1.1 lb (500 g)
    Maximum: 7.1 lb (3200 g)
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 8.3 x 4.6 x 17.7" (21.0 x 11.8 x 45.0 cm)
    Weight 2.8 lb (1.25 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 8.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.7 x 10.9 x 6.1"

    Zhiyun-Tech CRANE-2 reviews

    Crane-2 3-Axis Stabilizer with Follow Focus for Select Canon DSLRs is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 51.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4 of 5, until panusonic update Coming from a Glidecam this thing is the simplest tool ever. The build quality is great, very sturdy, feels great in hands, easy to hold. As a first time crane owner, it took me 30 minutes to figure out on the first setup at home. Im running a GH5 + Metabones + Sigma 18-35mm. Packed it up and took it to the beach, took less than 2 minutes to setup and use. Using it is even easier. Everyone says you need the crouch run like i used to use for my glide cam. Yes i still do, but i was running full speed during some shots chasing my dog, and there was 0 shakiness. Im sure i have a lot to learn with the crane, but it was easy as plug and play.
    Date published: 2017-10-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This beast is awesome I've got the Crane 2 a week ago to replace my old A2000, which got lagging with motors feel weirdly loose after a couple of months. I am happy I did the research, and finally target on this beast for all the promised technologies with it. Its outfit is gorgeous together with a nice case. The hand grip is a little big to fit my hands, and the weight is comparatively heavier due to its incredible payload. All in all, I love its OLED feature, much easier to tell which mode I'm in, and after a few try following the user guide, I found I can make various camera settings with the dial, and zooming with my A6500, it's really AWESOME.
    Date published: 2017-10-31
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't buy it...yet I sold my Crane V2 for the Crane 2. I'm a GH5 owner with the Sigma 18-35 combo, so I thought Hey, now I can swing my Sigma around and one day use follow focus! I thought wrong. I got my Crane 2 in record time (Thanks B and H). Got it home, unpacked it and was immediately impressed by its build quality - and size. It is, in my opinion, much larger and beefer than the V2 - and I'm not sure I'm a fan of this or not just yet, but I'll say this much - the dual handles will be needed. So I mounted my Sigma - with ease. No real trick to balancing, although I'll say I'm annoyed I now need a screw driver to mount the camera. The screw attaching the camera to the plate is not a thumb screw. After starting up the gimbal I immediately noticed a slight sway on the roll axis, like the gimbal is ever so slighting swaying back and forth. After check camera footage I noticed in fact it is doing this, and at times, slightly dipping forward to back. So I adjusted the motor and sensitivity settings - didn't fix the problem. I then consulted the manual and performed the 6 axis calibration - 6 times - including the initialization. I tried every combo possible: calibration, lens combo, motor strength, etc, but the roll axis still continued to sway, ever so slightly, back and forth. This is obviously a huge issue: the stabilizer is not stable. I know this isn't a balance issue because If I turn the gimbal off, the camera stays perfectly balanced, and, when the gimbal is on, in any orientation, the roll axis continues to sway. I have to only assume it is an issue with a gyro or IMU. Needless to say - I'm not happy. I sold my previous gimbal in anticipation of this 'upgrade.' Now I'm left with a expensive hunk of aluminum and surely a long winded shipping gymnastic event to try and get a working unit - that may not be possible for all I know. Could be a lemon, could be a design flaw. Who knows. That being said, I would avoid buying this unit until the bugs get worked out. You just may be better off with the V2. My V2 didn't have this issue... :(
    Date published: 2017-10-22
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from crane 2 First of all the delivery was amazing, I?m in the uk and got this shipped and delivered in less than 3 days. Secondly I cannot seem to balance my 1dxii with a 24-70mm lens (4.8lbs , well within the stated payload) I?ve tried for a couple hours now and it doesn?t balance it at all, I Tried an old camera which is much lighter and it balanced perfectly and was really easy. If there is something I?m doing wrong with balancing my 1DX then I?d love to know
    Date published: 2017-10-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent & powerful It is very well built and is easy to set up. It can handle a GH5/35-100 2.8/Mic with no issues at all. It also handles a 5D Mark III with L glass without issue. It is a very powerful gimbal. This is a great piece of kit. There *are* controls with the GH5 through the handle, just not focus yet. Hopefully Panasonic will do a firmware update to enable focus over USB. By the way, there are some great reviews on YouTube if you have questions about the Crane 2. As to some of the other reviews here on B&H, I am shocked that some of the reviews are complaining that the Crane 2 is bigger than the V2. Of course it is! Didn't they read the specs or reviews before purchasing?
    Date published: 2017-10-24
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't buy it, yet Roll axis wobbles. After numerous attempts to fix the problem by re-calibrating, it doesn't seem to work. Tried every possibility (adjusted motor strength, initialization, etc) I miss my V2 :( Also, the gimbal is significantly bigger than the V2. Unless you plan on putting a larger camera on it with a much bigger lens (GH5 + Sigma, or 5D, etc) I'd stick with the V2. It is smaller, lighter, and just as capable.
    Date published: 2017-10-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing value I used this yesterday on a 12 hour shoot with a 5diii shooting b-roll. Chasing kids around. Lots of walking shots. Lots of shots requiring focus pulls. Returned the previous version because it couldn't hold the weight. Setup was easier than previous version. Included quick plate really helped! Calibration took 4 minutes. Follow focus knob was EXCELLENT with adjustable sensitivity. I used this feature all day and it was amazing. Gimbal was very smooth on walking shots and very smooth overall with much less jitter than previous version. Felt less robotic than previous version. If you are having problems, it's probably because you haven't selected the right motor setting in the menu. Really glad it came with the stand legs. Complaints: -Handle is thick. I have big hands, but someone who has small hands will definitely have issues. Its because the batteries are bigger, so I get it. -Heavy, but not terrible. I shot 12 hours and my back was hurting after the day. As to be expected though for holding a DSLR with a pro lens all day... -Battery life pretty good. Not 18hrs. Must be because I used follow focus and heavier motor setting. Got 12hrs out of it (turning off and on throughout the day) I would honestly buy this gimbal again. It takes little to no setup time and is very intuitive. I was up in running in minutes and had no issues all day on first use. Super smooth footage upon review today. I have used a lot of different gimbals and this is by far the best value and now my favorite for anything b-roll or less serious than something requiring a $2500+ stabilizing setup.
    Date published: 2017-11-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprise me crane2 Crane2 really surprised me, and the first surprise was the focusing function, which solved many problems for me. The second is the dial on the handle, in the busy schedule really give a big favor! Crane2 is really worth buying!
    Date published: 2017-11-09
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