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The gimbals manufacturer Zhiyun has just presented its latest hand stabilizer for DSLR / mirrorless cameras: the Zhiyun Crane 2S. The CRANE 2S can accommodate relatively heavy cameras like the BMPCC 4K / 6K, the Panasonic LUMIX S1H and the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II. Let's take a closer look!

Zhiyun Crane 2S – Built on Legacy

Zhiyun has just introduced the Zhiyun Crane 2S, its new one-handed gimbal for DSLR / mirrorless cameras.

This new version is based on the success of its predecessor – the Zhiyun Crane 2 – and brings numerous improvements from its big brother, the Zhiyun Crane 3S.

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From the outside, the CRANE 2S looks relatively similar to the CRANE 2. For example, the CRANE 2S uses the same three 18650 batteries for a maximum battery life of around 12 hours.

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In addition, the camera will still be attached to a Manfrotto compatible plate to attach to the gimbal.

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What is new, however, is a quick-release bracket and a safety button on the tilt axis, with which you can quickly switch to vertical recording mode. However, the CRANE 2S has a new FlexMount system that simplifies the set-up process with a double safety mechanism.

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Zhiyun Crane 2S properties

No information is currently available on the maximum payload capacity of the CRANE 2S. Even so, the motors are more powerful and, according to Zhiyun, the gimbal can accommodate cameras like the BMPCC 4K / 6K, the Panasonic LUMIX S1H and the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II. Zhiyun also worked on new 9th generation Instune stabilization algorithms to improve stability and reliability.

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You come directly from the CRANE 3S and can now lock each axis of the CRANE 2S (swivel / tilt / roll). It prevents your camera from swinging everywhere when you carry your gimbal in your pocket, but it also makes the balancing process easier.

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There is now a 0.96-inch OLED screen above the new carbon fiber handle. Together with the joystick wheel and control buttons, this screen makes it easy to navigate the entire menu system and toggle between recording modes.

The Zhiyun Crane 2S has six capture modes including pan, lock, follow, full range POV, vortex mode, and go mode. There are also some creative / effect modes available, e.g. B. Panorama, Time Lapse, Motion Lapse and Long Exposure.

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The Zhiyun Crane 2S has several attachment points:

  • One 1 / 4-20 inch screw hole on the back of the quick release baseplate.
  • Two 1 / 4-20 "screw holes with face gear.
  • A 3 / 8-16 "screw hole on the bottom of the gimbal handle.

The Zhiyun Crane 2S has a built-in focus control wheel. With compatible cameras and lenses, you can adjust focus by connecting a cable between the gimbal and the camera. If you are using cine / manual focus lenses, an optional servo follow focus motor is available.

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The CRANE 2S is compatible with Zhiyun's TransMount accessory ecosystem. You can use it with the TransMount image transmission system, monopod, mini double handle and double handle. The TransMount Image-Sender can be pushed directly into the underside of the quick-change base plate without screws.

Prices and availability

The Zhiyun Crane 2S will be available in three versions:

  • The standard $ 599.00 package includes a box, tripod, three batteries plus charger, lens mount, USB Type-C charging cable, camera control cable, and some hardware.
  • A combo package for $ 649.00 that includes all of the above plus three additional batteries and the TransMount Mini Dual Handle.
  • Pro package due later this month, but no further information is available at this time.

While the CRANE 2S is not a revolution, but rather an evolution of the CRANE 2, it might be a good option for you if you are looking for a rugged gimbal at a reasonable price in the market.

What do you think of the Zhiyun Crane 2S? What is the most exciting feature for you? Do you think it's worth upgrading your current gimbal? Don't hesitate to let us know in the comments below!

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