What kind of situations do you find yourself reaching out for this? Also do you think this makes sense on a monopod instead of a ball head or something?
I only ask because I am trying to see if this fits in my workflow.
As of now gimbals may not replace steadicam. But I strongly feel it is only a matter time they get there, or almost there. It will become kind of like the current situation between film and video; of course one can believe film still has its own distinctive slight edge over video. But, how many filmmakers are wanting that edge today. The gimbal setup can very well advance enough to simulate both kind of looks. Rather different modes in a single ronin setup for example. That what I foresee. As of today, of course steadicam holds it place. It is all a matter of upgrades in software more than hardware( the hardware needs to advance a bit too) for ronin's to get there. You will see steadicam operators eventually becoming Ronin or Movi operators when that day is closer. They sure wont go out of business though because they will adapt. Maybe ronin will never simulate the exact steadicam that you think people will want. But they sure as hell can come close enough to make more and more filmmakers want the ronin setups more than steadicam. It is not a bad thing. It is called advancement. Either way, art of film is only going to get better with the help of technology. Once you start clinging on to one tool or the other and defending it and taking sides, it is not about making your cinema anymore but about tools. Which is a pointless debate IMHO!
If you buy a nikon f-mount to m4/3 adaptor and can use your lenses. However, there are some caveats to know about this.
1) If they are autofocus lenses, the autofocus will not work. So it will be pure old school manual focus.
2) If there is no manual aperture change ring on your lens you can buy an adaptor that will mechanically change the aperture. However, other than full open of full closed, you will be guessing at the f stop.
3) m4/3 has a 2x crop over 35mm. So if your lenses are for a 35mm sensor (i.e. 35mm film or digital sensor), the effective focal length will be x2. That means if you have a 50mm f/1.8 it will act like a 100mm f/1.8 as far field of view goes. As far as DOF it will still act like a 50 f1.8 but you will be standing 2x as far away so you will have a ~2 stop wider DOF.
4) The camera does not come setup to shoot other lenses. You have to go into the menus and switch on shoot w/o lens. Since there will be no electrical connections your camera will not think there is a lens attached and won't shoot otherwise.
5) Since there are no electrical connections, you will not get any lens information embedded into your meta data.
I think that about covers it.