July 12, 2017

Filmpower Nebula Slant is a Gimbal with a Twist

The new Filmpower Nebula 5100 Slant curves its support arm for larger payloads and a better view of your monitor.

Handheld gimbals make up a competitive space with many entrants trying to stand out from the pack. Filmpower has found an innovative way to make its gimbal more useful to filmmakers: let the user see the camera screen. It's a simple improvement in the design, but it provides a big user advantage when you can keep the unit small by using the on camera monitor and not requiring a larger external unit.

The Nebula 5100 Slant also uses its twist design to support a larger payload of up to 3.2kg, or 7 pounds, which is substantial for a hand held gimbal.  Of course,  a seven pound camera with a two pound gimbal adds up to 9 pounds, which can be stressful to operate one handed for long periods of time. If you will be flying the full load most of the time, it's worth considering one of the accessory arms, either with or without a mobile phone mount, to spread the weight out to two arms and make complicated moves easier.

Credit: Filmpower

Filmpower has also introduced a focus tool for gimbal shooters, the Nebula focus. Designed to mount to the top or bottom of a DSLR and to work with a remote to enable an operator to control the gimbal with one hand and the focus with the other. While the ideal scenario is generally having both an operator to worry about framing and a first AC pulling focus, on small productions and with one-man-band style shoots it's increasingly useful to have tools that can be operated effectively by a single user. The focus unit also comes with sonar readings for subject distance which don't currently support auto focus, but might in the future. 

Credit: Filmpower

The Slant is available now from Filmpower for $999, with the follow focus shipping soon for $650.

Tech Specs:

  • 360° of rotation
  • 8-10 hours of battery life
  • Built in encoder
  • 3.2kg/7lb payload capacity
  • 900g/1.9lb unit weight
  • Expansion handle 

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7 Comments

That is perhaps the tackiest ad for a photo product I have ever seen.

July 13, 2017 at 9:33AM

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Chase Gustafson
Head Creative Dude
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I am so glad I'm not the only one who thought that

July 13, 2017 at 9:37AM

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Taylor Mefford
Video Editor / Sound Designer / Music Composer
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Holy shit... that was one of the worst product videos I've ever seen.

July 13, 2017 at 1:08PM, Edited July 13, 1:08PM

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Chris Kas
Jack of all trades
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Nice.

July 17, 2017 at 2:35AM

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Sameir Ali
Director of Photography
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This ad is clearly targeting wedding shooters.

July 17, 2017 at 1:37PM, Edited July 17, 1:37PM

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Scott Youngblood
Sr. Multimedia Developer
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Hi,

I went ahead to the Filmpower website after reading this review and purchased the product - it's almost been a week and they keep coming up with excuses about the shipping delay - IS FILMPOWER A LEGIT BUSINESS? I assume it is because No Film School has run the review about them?

July 18, 2017 at 5:44AM

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Byron
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I'd like to see a comparison to the Pilotfly H2-45, which also has this unobstructed screen design.

July 20, 2017 at 3:19AM, Edited July 20, 3:19AM

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Ian Mora
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