April 26, 2016 at 3:38PM, Edited October 30, 11:59AM

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Single or double handle gimbal?

Hi there, I'm in the market for an entry level 3-axis gimbal stabiliser. I am looking at the Came mini-2 (NZ$1899) and the Beholder DS1 (NZ$1390) as these are in my price range. What are some of the pro/cons of double over single handle gimbals? Thanks.

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I think the first question you should answer is what the minimum and maximum weight of your rig.

April 26, 2016 at 6:26PM

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Cary Knoop
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The minimum weight would be around 560 grams and the max weight would be around 1.2 kg

Dominico Zapata

April 26, 2016 at 11:30PM

The gimbal I have my eye on is the new PilotFly H2 which seems to be the only model that can cancel-out almost all walking movement when shooting with it. Here's a couple of videos from Dave Dugdale that demos this feature...

Pilotfly H2 First Test - Not a Review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fj_DaH2K2DY

Pilotfly H2 Review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ij70oZvmivI

April 27, 2016 at 7:55AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Thanks for the heads up Guy! That does look promising.

April 27, 2016 at 5:04PM

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Dominico Zapata
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April 27, 2016 at 11:09PM

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Cary Knoop
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Dave Dugdale also did a post NAB 2016 video, where he compares all of the single-grip gimbals he was able to get his hands on at NAB, which includes the CAME TV Optimus. From his video it sounds like the Optimus is better than the CAME Single, but still not as good as the new PilotFly H2 in terms of stability.

Rambling on about NAB2016 for 30 Minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDS7OYbmm4c

Guy McLoughlin

April 28, 2016 at 11:37AM

2 handed:
Pro: you can use 2 hands to carry the same weight.
Con: you have to use to hands to carry the weight. (unless you use the top handle: but that is for low positions only.)
Pro: there is often a top handle which makes it possible to start low with 1 hand, rise up and move the hands to the 2 side handles and lift it above you. Someone can even grab the top handle and lift the gimbal even higher.

1 handed:
Pro: you only have to use one hand to hold it
Con: you can only use one hand to hold the weight.
Pro: having one hand free can give you opportunities for shots where it is safer to hold on to something.
Con: hard to pass on to someone else
Pro: easy to walk true small (door) openings: you can move sideways.

Some pros/cons that might help you :-)

April 28, 2016 at 8:42AM

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WalterBrokx
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1 handed:

Pro: Easy to filp into upside-down mode ( some will flip in seconds )

Pro: Can secretly shoot in places where you would be kicked-out of with a large 2 handed gimbal.

Pro: Many models feature an optional 2 handed mount to convert the 1 hand grip to a 2 handed grip.

Guy McLoughlin

April 28, 2016 at 11:41AM

Have you looked into the Shape Isee+ Rig? It's 2-axis, but it could be better for your style of shooting. I have the DS-1, and, while I love it, I don't like how sluggish it is left and right. I'm more handheld, documentary style, but I like some stabilization so it's not shaky-cam. The Isee+ Rig has a lot of flexibility; it comes with rails and Shape's awesome handles, and it attaches to the single-handed Isee+, so it's like getting two in one. I don't know how much it translates in NZ money, but you should look it up. It'll be my next major purchase.

April 30, 2016 at 10:34PM

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Edmund Lloyd
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