December 4, 2018 at 2:45PM


Can I/Should I use these lenses/focus pull on a Ronin-S?

This past year I have been practicing Cinematography on my own. I was strapped financially and after asking for advice in forums like these, I purchased a Canon t3i and decided to just focus on investing in lighting and lens. As I improve and save more money, I can eventually buy a more advanced camera.
I want to do more video (have been doing a lot of photography and simple/static video work) as well as practice doing my own follow focus and using a gimbal. Maybe even both at the same time for simple moves
This week I will be using a Ronin-S for the first time for an experimental shoot with a friend. In addition to the Ronin I plan to rent a Cinema Lens and even a follow focus.

My questions are:
1. Do I even need a follow focus if my lenses/camera is capable of auto-focus?
2. Would a Cinema Lens make sense for a Canon T3i? I did say I want to invest in good lenses so I would like to start renting ones that I could eventually own down the road.
3. Does the Ronin-S even work with a Canon t3i?

EDIT: Quick Google search shows me it won't be compatible with the t3i. Any suggestions on a Canon series I should have little issues with based on being a Rebel user (5D, 6D, C100,etc)?

I'm not new to filmmaking but am pretty novice on the technical side of things. Any advice helps


You are the best since you have put so much efforts

December 11, 2018 at 6:16PM

HR Manager

1. ALWAYS best to go with manual focus if you want full control over your shots. While autofocus is fine for some purposes, it's not always reliable and it won't do the focus pulls the way you'd like (9 times out of 10).

2. No, not really. One cinema lens would be many times the value of the T3i body, so from a price/quality standpoint it doesn't make a ton of sense. That said, if you're investing in glass then you're investing in glass! What are you thinking in terms of "Cinema Lenses"?

3. Yes, but make sure you know how much weight it can handle so you can figure out which lenses are right weight-wise. It might be worth investing in the Ronin-M as the payload (max camera weight) is higher and could handle heavier lenses. If you don't factor this in, you might have too heavy of a setup and render your gimbal useless.

Happy to answer any other questions you have. Hope this helps!!

December 12, 2018 at 3:56PM

Peter Amodeo Gould
Producer / Editor / Cinematographer

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