The Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 & Easyrig Minimax Kit with QR Camera Hook and Umbrella from B&H allows you to use the Crane-2 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer attached underslung to the Easyrig Minimax for comfortable operation. The quick release camera hook secures one to the other. The camera hook comes with 3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20 ball studs. Screw one of them into the bottom of the Crane-2, which has both 3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20 threaded holes, and then secure the camera hook to the stud. The umbrella comes with a holder that attaches it to the Minimax to protect from rain when you're shooting outdoors. The Crane-2 supports up to 7 lb loads and features digital follow focus control for select Canon DSLRs.
Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 3-Axis Stabilizer with Focus Motor
The Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 is a 3-axis handheld gimbal stabilizer supporting mirrorless and DSLR cameras weighing up to 7 lb. Mount your camera on the included Manfrotto-standard quick release plate, balance it, and shoot for up to 18 hours on the supplied batteries. A rod-mount mechanical focus motor is included and can be controlled via the gimbal's handwheel or an optional remote control for the Crane 2. It can be aligned to the focus or zoom ring of your lens for follow focus or zoom control. A support rod, USB cable, and two universal lens gear rings are also supplied for attaching and connecting the focus motor and using it with virtually all lenses.
The Crane-2 also allows for digital follow focus control via the gimbal handwheel for select Canon DSLRs and the Nikon D850 with compatible autofocus lenses. Simply connect the camera to the gimbal with the included USB cables, and after a few settings adjustments you'll have direct follow focus control without requiring the external motor.
The Crane-2 features 360° pan, 320° tilt, and 360° roll adjustment. Multiple different special shooting modes allow you to get extra creative with the gimbal. Full-range POV mode enables 360° synchronous movement on all three axes. This means that the camera will lock into a single position and follow your movements without any limits, as opposed to evening out at some point. This allows for true POV capture.
Gimbal settings are quickly adjustable using the onboard control buttons and an OLED display. For safety, a "slow-fall" feature protects your camera from a sudden drop when the Crane-2 is powered down.
- Includes external rod-mount focus motor for mechanical follow focus/zoom control
- 360° pan, 320° tilt, and 360° roll adjustment
- 7 lb payload
- 18-hour runtime using the included batteries
- Digital follow focus control for select Canon cameras and the Nikon D850 with compatible autofocus lenses
- Manfrotto-standard quick release plate
- "Slow-fall" feature protects your camera from a sudden drop when the Crane-2 is powered down
Firmware Update v1.76 (June 2019)
- Full-range POV: 360° synchronous movement on all three axes—instead of leveling off during motion, the camera will remain locked in position no matter which way or how far you move the gimbal, allowing for true POV shots
- Vortex mode: Add dynamic movements to your barrel shot and open up possibilities
- Direct control support for the Nikon Z6 and Z7 via the control panel—take photos, start/stop recording video, and control various other parameters
Useful for documentaries, news, events, and more, the Easyrig Minimax is great for situations that require extensive handheld camerawork with cameras weighing from 4.4 to 15.4 pounds. Rather than uncomfortably handholding your camera, supporting the weight with your arms, the Minimax redistributes the weight of your camera setup through the body harness. Taking the weight off your arms lets you hold the camera steady for longer periods of time without fatigue. An added bonus of the Minimax is increased stability in your shots. The support rope, while transferring the weight to the harness, also adds a point of contact, reducing vibrations.
The Minimax model features a redesigned spring system which results in smoother support rope movement with reduced friction. A conical wheel unrolls the rope with increasing force as the rope is unraveled. Additionally, an overload protection system will trip if the maximum weight capacity is exceeded. Another improvement included in the Minimax model is the pivoting upper arm brought down from the Easyrig 3 Cinema model. The pivot allows you to swing the camera to the side, or even have it sit on your shoulder.
Easyrig Quick Release Camera Mount
The Quick Release Camera Mount from Easyrig is designed for holding your camera securely with little setup time when using any of the Easyrig camera rigs. The Quick Release Camera Mount has a load capacity of 255 lb and comes with two 3/8"-16 and two 1/4"-20 ball studs which can be fastened to a camera, camera cage, and camera handle.
Easyrig Umbrella with Holder for Minimax
Use the Easyrig Umbrella with Holder for Minimax to keep rain off your camera operator and your Minimax-mounted camera. This 51.2" wide, 32.7" long umbrella can also be used as a sun shield on daylight exterior shoots.
The Umbrella mounts on the upper arm of your Minimax and its holder sports 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 threads for attaching accessories. The holder also incorporates a hole for mounting a lighting stud, enabling you to add an Obie light or a work light to the rig.