Having trouble getting a “handle” on things when you roll video with your Ronin-S gimbal? Do feel like you need to “get a grip” when filming with your 3-axis stabilizer?
Ok—I’ll stop with the bad puns.
Anyone who owns a Ronin-S knows how heavy and awkward it can be to manipulate. Even when I fold the mini-tripod legs—which effectively adds to the length of the handle—it’s still uncomfortable to use.
DJI released a new gimbal–the Ronin-SC. It’s less expensive, and 41% lighter than the Ronin-S, and meant for lighter weight cameras, like mirrorless systems. Don’t have a big bulky Canon 5D or 1DX? Maybe give the Ronin-SC a look!
I researched to see if there was something I could buy to make my DJI Ronin-S gimbal a little easier to use, (like an extra handle or something). I discovered dual-grip handlebars*, and Z-Axis spring loaded handle systems*—but they seemed too over-the-top for my needs. Eventually, I found something with a frighteningly long title that looked just right:
There’s a lot of jumbled words in that title! They should have simply called it, “The Handle Your Gimbal Should Have Come With!” The handle arm is made of sturdy aluminum, and it feels very high quality. It’s the same color as the DJI Ronin-S, so even though it’s not a “DJI” branded product, it looks right at home when connected. The handle is “grippy”, similar to the Ronin-S’s grippy handle material. It also includes an adjustable hand strap to make sure your hand is snug while in use! At the top portion of the handle is another mount where you can put a monitor, microphone, or light if needed. Pretty “handy”. (See what I did there?)
How to Connect the Zhiyun Grip Handle
To hook it up:
- Unscrew the tripod legs from the Ronin-S handle
- Connect the Zhiyun handle to the bottom of the DJI Ronin-S battery hand grip using the built-in quarter-twenty
- Reconnect the tripod legs to the bottom of the Zhiyun handle
The mount points have rubberized pads–so once you get it all put together, the handle stays locked in place and doesn’t move.
Using the gimbal with two side-by-side handles is a whole new (better) experience!
It’s so much easier to “fly” my camera around now!
With the Zhiyun handle attached to the Ronin-S, I feel like I have more control, and as a result, I get smoother footage, and my arms don’t get as tired.
“Flashlight” mode is even easier with my Ronin-S gimbal now. I just loosen the Zhiyun connector a little bit, and rotate the handle so it’s directly behind the gimbal controls. I can carry the gimbal around much easier in flashlight mode–like a suitcase–using the Zhiyun handle.
I know, I know–there’s irony in the fact that I bought a Zhiyun product for my DJI gimbal–but when I bought it, DJI didn’t have anything available. I’m happy with the Zhiyun handle though (even if the name of the product is too long). The official name for it is the “Zhiyun TransMount Mini Dual Grip Single Handle Grip L Bracket”. (Say that fast five times!) 🤪
The price is fair as well, especially given the quality of the materials Zhiyun used. At the time of this writing, the Zhiyun Mini Dual Grip is only about $39*.
If you’re looking for a better experience with your DJI Ronin-S, give the Zhiyun handle attachment a try–for that matter, give any extra handle attachment a try! It doesn’t have to be the Zhiyun product. For a low price, you get added stability and ease of use for your gimbal.
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