I’ve got a new scooter shop in my neighborhood, and figured it could be a visually fun place to start experimenting with my new CAME-Single 3-axis gimbal stabilizer that just arrived. A more thorough review of the product is forthcoming, but in the meantime, here are some notes on this shoot.
Apart from the standard practice of closing up apertures for wide depth of field where you just can’t manage pulling focus while flying on a gimbal, I’ve always wanted to try out steadicam style in shallow focus, using a bright prime lens. But that presents a few problems: it only makes sense to shoot ultra-wide on a gimbal, and those lenses aren’t typically bright, especially with a high crop factor like you get with the Panasonic GH4. Anything capable of shallow focus at wide focal lengths has got to be huge, and the king of them all is Voigtländer’s new 10.5mm f/0.95 lens, weighing in at 568 grams. Hooked onto the GH4 and then stacking a requisite ND filter, it’s well past the CAME-Single’s 1 kilogram weight limit. So, these results probably look worse than the normal stabilizer capability of the CAME-Single (to be confirmed soon), and I have to admit, I applied Adobe Warp onto a clip or two where things got really bad. But I was surprised that the CAME-Single didn’t freak out, and it generally did the job.
You must agree, it’s a cool look! Having that buttery bokeh while smoothly flying around like this is a really unique aesthetic. It only works when you’re keeping an equal distance to everything, as seen here starting a half-minute in. But if I wanted (or only could manage) long depth of field, I would be better off using my Olympus 9-18mm f/4 lens that’s truly miniature and wouldn’t stress the motors (but performs great). I’ll test the CAME-Single with that lens going forward, in a stabilizer round-up that includes the CAME 7800, Nebula 4000 Lite, Cinevate Morpheus, Big Balance Gibbon, and Steadicam Merlin.
Thanks to Jamie at La Moto Washington for letting me roam around. He’s running the best shop in the mid-Atlantic region for scooters and motorcycles.
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