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Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 Gimbal Stabilizer Kit with Dual Handle and Remote Control

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Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 Gimbal Stabilizer Kit with Dual Handle and Remote Control
Key Features
  • Crane-2 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer
  • For Mirrorless & DSLR Cameras up to 7 lb
  • Dual Handle for Flexible Operation
  • Advanced Remote Control
Achieve professional-level camera stabilization and control with the Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 Gimbal Stabilizer Kit with Dual Handle and Remote Control. The Crane-2 stabilizer provides stability on all three axes, while the included motor can control focus on lenses with 0.8 MOD gearing. Attach the Dual Handle for more precise control of the gimbal and better weight relief. The advanced Remote Control connects wirelessly, or with an included USB cable, to the Crane-2 and provides control over camera functions, focus, and the gimbal as well. See below for more information on the products included in this kit.
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Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 Overview

Achieve professional-level camera stabilization and control with the Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 Gimbal Stabilizer Kit with Dual Handle and Remote Control. The Crane-2 stabilizer provides stability on all three axes, while the included motor can control focus on lenses with 0.8 MOD gearing. Attach the Dual Handle for more precise control of the gimbal and better weight relief. The advanced Remote Control connects wirelessly, or with an included USB cable, to the Crane-2 and provides control over camera functions, focus, and the gimbal as well. See below for more information on the products included in this kit.

UPC: 090729614107

Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 Specs

Packaging Info
Package Weight2.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)20.3 x 6.3 x 2.2"

Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 Reviews

Works great with the BMPCC4K in a cage

By Jon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-04

I bought a couple of these with the wireless remotes to allow my students to focus and aim their BMPCC4K cameras remotely. The Crane 2 isn't as easy to balance as the Crane 3 Lab I've also used, but it can handle the BMPCC4K just fine with the offset allowed by the Smallrig cage. Mounting the Crane 2 on a tripod makes it a wireless (or wired, via USB) pan-tilt head with built-in follow focus, and joystick on the remote can create some very subtle and smooth moves with practice.

Disappointed… But

By Ron
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-17

My disappointment may have been because I was using the heavier Nikon D8 10 with a zoom lens. Although this combination was under the top weight limit, I wasn’t happy with the operation. The problem I did have was with the dual handle. One of the sides would not lock down far enoughTo keep the whole rig from flopping over.

Great for some shots, terrible for others

By Philip
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-20

I have had tons of issues with this gimbal. For the first couple of uses it performed quite well and even handled larger cameras/lens combos such as a Blackmagic Pocket 4k combined with a heavy Voigtlander lens. But over time, it seems that the stabilizer/gyro mechanism has started to degrade. I'm not entirely sure what the issue is. There are a ton of settings, way too many to be honest, that could be impacting the stabilizer. Balancing the camera was a bit of a pain at first but I got used to it after a little fiddling. That isn't the issue. For general truck in/out and pan left/right/up/down shots, the gimbal works quite well. It's when you get into more complex tracking style shots that it really fails. There are three different modes: PL, F, and L. I've only ever had consistent luck with PL mode. This mode limits you to using the control stick to only rotate the gimbal up or down. F mode let's you rotate up, down, left and right, while L mode locks the rotation. Whenever I try F or L modes however, the stabilizer will just stop working after a few seconds and I have to continually re-initialize it. Even when it stays engaged, it is really shaky and bumpy and the footage is unusable. Only PL mode seems to keep the stabilizer consistently engaged. Finally, the Zhiyun app is overly complex as well and most of its functionality doesn't work either. I do find that doing the 6 step calibration is easier to do with the app then try to figure it out via the awful manual. But I have no clue if it's really helping things, since I still have those aforementioned problems in F and L modes. The main function of the app that I really was excited about was the tracking capability. You are supposed to be able to tap somewhere on your phone screen, on an object in the field of view, and the gimbal will then lock onto that object so you can move around it 360 degrees. This function does not work at all in the app. On my Samsung Galaxy S9, it made the gimbal go haywire, rotating all over the place like it was possessed. On the Galaxy S10, it just keeps popping up an error message saying that it's not working. I could try reinstalling the app, but all of this back and forth nonsense wastes time and is really frustrating, especially when you are on a live shoot and clients are watching. Sorry one more thing. From my limited experience with it so far, the follow focus is also garbage. It continually disengages from the ring that you attach to the lens and is generally unusable. If anyone can recommend a better gimbal that is comparable in price and size to the Crane 2, please let me know!

Bad App

By Thomas
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-14

This would be a great piece of equipment if the app just worked the way it should. If you have an i-phone then great. It works only on a few select android phones to get full functionality. Or I should say it is very limited on most androids. I contacted Zhiyun and they say at this time, Right!! It has been years and no improvement. Get it together. I'm thinking about selling it and getting a different one that actually will do the things I want it to. Poor!

Very poor customer support

By Gary
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-11

I bought the Crane 2 a couple of years ago. The device works fine, but there are some gimbal settings that can only be made from an app on a Smartphone or Tablet (through bluetooth). Unfortunately, Zhiyun's app is compatible with only a few devices. Android devices are particularly lacking.

Zhiyun crane 2

By Luis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-30

Magnifico estable, de gran desempeño para video.

Great resource

By Anna
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-26

This is not the easiest to set up, but once everything is set this works beautifully. Learned more from YouTube tutorials than the included instructions and the instructions found online. As a novice crane operator this was a challenge to put together but 100% worth the investment.

Indespensible

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-09

There's a learning curve that is worth the effort.

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Is this Crane 2 compatible with Canon C100?
Asked by: JOSHUA P.
The Crane-2 is designed for DSLR and Mirrorless Gimbals primarily. However it does have a 7 pound load capacity and there are reports of people who have been able to balance and use a C100 on this gimbal, however it is not something we recommend. A two handed gimbal like the Ronin-M with Cinemilled Extended Tilt Arms would be a better option.https://bhpho.to/2b6Wh0Rhttps://bhpho.to/2hqZKdy
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Can you use this with a smartphone?

Can you use this with a smartphone?
Asked by: Richard
Yes, but the remote control will not work.
Answered by: Nicholas
Date published: 2021-10-31

Can this be attached to a tripod?

Can this be attached to a tripod?
Asked by: Ryan
Yes it can be. A mini tripod is actually included with the Crane-2 or you can attach it to a larger tripod thanks to the threading on the bottom of the gimbal.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2018-12-09

is the crane 2 compatible with the canon rebel ...

is the crane 2 compatible with the canon rebel t3i?
Asked by: danaray
Yes, you will be able to use the Canon Rebel T3i with the Crane 2.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-01-18

question

I have used this with a Canon 5D 4, is the same lever of control over camera settings through the Crane possible with a Canon 6D 2 also?
Asked by: Chris
The Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 works with all recent Canon EOS cameras in pretty much the same way. You will see a similar if not exact performance on the 6D Mark II.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Which cameras does the follow focus work with?
Asked by: Noah S.
The follow focus feature will work by connecting a camera, that has an autofocus lens on it, to the gimbal via a control cable. At this time Zhiyun-Tech only has control cables for Sony and Panasonic Mirrorless Cameras available, B&H Numbers ZHGMBB78 and ZHGMBB77.There is no list available yet of specific cameras and lenses that will work, but it would seem that this feature should work for camera like the Sony A6300/6500, A7S II, A7RII and options from Panasonic like the GH4 and GH5 with a native auto focus lens mounted to them. https://bhpho.to/2xbjWZEhttps://bhpho.to/2w8y4Om
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2021-01-20

question

Please, could someone tell the dimensions of the Crane 2 (in same position like when you put it inside tha Carrying Case) WITHOUT the mini-tripod?Because I need to know if it fits inside another case.Thank you!
Asked by: PABLO
The Crane 2 dimensions are: without tripod=18, with tripod=24, Width=10.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Does the follow focus work with Canon T5i?
Asked by: Amy T.
Canon EOS cameras such as the Canon T5i are supported by he Crane-2.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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