Ikan Beholder 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Encoders for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras, Black (EC1)
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- 360 Degree Movement from All Axis (Pitch, Yaw & Roll)
- Works with DSLR's & Mirrorless Cameras between 2.0 to 4.5 lbs.
- Equipped with 3 Axis Gyro Stabilized Brushless Motors to Balance Most Mirrorless & DSLR Cameras
- OLED Display Screen to show operating modes
- Equipped with 32-Bit Controller & 12-Bit Encoder
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The Beholder EC1 is designed specifically for professional filmmakers looking for a single handheld stabilizer for a large range of medium and small cameras weighing up to 4.5 lbs. The Beholder EC1 is lightweight, easy to use, and can be carried in the supplied case or a small photographer bag.
The ikan EC1 Beholder 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer is designed specifically for professional filmmakers looking for a single handheld stabilizer for a large range of medium and small cameras weighing up to 4.5 lbs. The Beholder EC1 is lightweight, easy to use, and can be carried in the supplied case or a small photographer bag.FEATURES:Durable All Aluminum Construction360 Degree Movement from All Axis (Pitch, Yaw & Roll)Works with DSLR's & Mirrorless Cameras between 2.0 to 4.5 lbsEquipped with 3 Axis Gyro Stabilized Brushless Motors to Balance Most Mirrorless & DSLR CamerasOLED Display Screen to show operating modesEquipped with 32-Bit Controller & 12-Bit EncoderLithium Battery Powered- Low Maintenance, Eco-FriendlyIlluminated ON-OFF Switch/Battery Indicator 3/8"-16 Tripod Mount Socket
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The only negative thing so far is that the USB charging female end on the gimbal snapped off already. Wasn't a big deal because I already bought a separate battery charger.
Easy to balance a camera
The Battery life is really good
Its Build Quality is Really good
The Different modes are really good
You can touch the camera motors and hold the camera in a certain postion for 2 seconds and it stays where you leave it
The Instructions are pretty much useless
Not to much company support
Changing the stock settings are a pain , you have to connect it to software that gives no instructions
sometimes it has a temperment and vibrates, but really rare
it doesnt come with a Battery charger to get the full 100 percent , but a wall charge that only gets the batteries to 85 percent
The case is pretty much like a toy case and you wont really need it unless you travel abroad
It worked for about 2 weeks, I did a fair bit of filming around the house and yard, then last night, I got to record a wedding rehearsal with it. But at the end of the night, I flipped it over (to use in inverted mode), as I had done many times before, and it just went limp. No amount of rebooting, or recalibrating the gyro would get it working. I switched back to my GlideCam for the rest of the night.
I called Ikan today, and even though they seemed very willing to inspect the hardware and fix it, I can't be worried about this type of thing happening again, especially during a job (imagine this happening as the bride and groom start to come down the isle). Combined with the fact that I won't be able to use it for the wedding tomorrow, and several other annoyances, I sent it back, and I'll be spending a bit more money to get a DJI Ronin-M.
* With the larger Nikon D850, due to the necessary placement of the arms, the pitch motor housing rubs against the yaw motor housing when folded up. This very quickly caused scratching on the finish of both housings.
* The gimbal couldn't really stabilize either camera properly without me boosting the D-gain using SimpleBGC. I found out after the fact, using this software will void your warranty (there was no warnings about this anywhere). But after an increase in D-gains on pitch and roll, it stabilized pretty well.
* Neither camera would secure very well to the quick release plate. No matter how tightly I made the bolt. Both cameras would twist if the camera turned sideways. I ended up adding some very grippy rubber to the quick release plate to prevent this.
* The two-handed grip, which is highly recommended, doesn't quite secure well to the EC1. Like the quick release plate, the grip would twist, no matter how firmly screwed down it was.
I originally purchased this back in the beginning of January. At first glance and usage, it was fantastic, it was love at first sight! I am a very meticulous person and am very careful, following all operating procedures per user manuals for any of my video gear. In May, the gimbal malfunctioned on me entirely at a wedding in the middle of the event, completely dying on me. I called and emailed iKan (they were not of much help since they do not manufacture the gimbal, they just slap their name on it and sell it). So I contacted Amazon regarding the situation (it was still in warranty), and they were super nice and helpful. They allowed me to return back my gimbal, long after the return date, and sent me a brand spanking new one.
Two days ago, yet again in the middle of an event, it malfunctioned the same exact way as the last time, ultimately dying on me entirely. I use the gimbal a lot during weddings, as I get most of my creative shots with it. I will be reaching out to iKan and the manufacturer again to try to resolve this to at least get it repaired or something, but will then sell it or get rid of it. I will be buying a different gimbal for my future uses, because I can't keep having this die on me.
Some people were saying that it couldn't deal with the weight very well, motors struggling etc. Honestly I think the problem there may have been not setting it up properly. It's really important that the camera is properly balanced which is actually kind of tough the first time around, but when you get the hang of it it's not too bad.
My set up just about fits the gimbal but have to take of the eyepiece as it catches as the gimbal moves around.
Sometimes the off / on button and joystick get in the way and you'll end up accidentally turning it off or in the middle of shooting!
Overall I definitely would recommend as it's pretty much the only thing on the market that resembles this set up that can take the weight and size of an SLR. Shots look really smooth even when running. Would reccomend doing the ninja run though with legs bent for extra smooth shots!)
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