DigitalFoto THANOS Gimbal Support Vest for One-handed Gimbals

July 2nd, 2019
DigitalFoto THANOS Gimbal Support Vest for One-handed Gimbals

The THANOS gimbal support vest with dual arm is supposed to take the weight off of operators’ hands when using a one-handed gimbal like the Ronin-S, Zhiyun Crane 2, or MOZA Air 2. The vest’s size and tension of the springs in the arm is adjustable. THANOS is available for pre-order now.

THANOS Gimbal Support Vest with Arm. Source: Digitalfoto

One handed gimbals are becoming heavier and capable of carrying more payload. The Ronin-S, for example, with its maximum payload can weigh up to 5.5kg (watch our extensive video review of the Ronin-S here). This might not be very pleasing to work with on longer shoots. Even holding the gimbal with two hands can cause back or hand pain after a while.

For handheld operations of heavy camera setups, we already have ergonomic back-relieving tools like the Easyrig or Ready Rig. For one-handed gimbals, there is not much there yet. One of the few solutions is the announced Steadimate S from Tiffen, which should come out soon.

The Chinese company Digitalfoto has also presented their solution by introducing vest support for one-handed gimbals. Their new gimbal support vest with a dual arm is called THANOS. Am I the only one who feels a little Avengers inspiration here? Let’s take a look at its specs.

THANOS Gimbal Support Vest with Dual Arm

The technology behind THANOS is not entirely new. Steadicam operators have been using vests with spring-loaded arms to distribute weight on the shoulders and waist for years. Digitalfoto has just slightly tweaked the design to accommodate lower weight and a different mounting system of one-handed gimbals.

THANOS Gimbal Support Vest with Arm – Examples of Use. Source: Digitalfoto

The whole system weighs 2.5kg and can handle payloads of 3.2 – 5kg, so it is compatible with the Ronin S, the Crane series, the Feiyu AK series, the MOZA series of gimbals and more. The round baseplate, which comes with the supporting system can be useful for mounting almost any gimbal (as long as it has a 1/4″ thread on the bottom). After inserting the baseplate in the arm’s clamp, it offers a standard 1/4″ screw on top for this purpose. The adapter for thinner handles also comes with the device.

The triple-jointed aluminum spring arm has two knobs for adjusting the spring’s tension according to the weight of the load used. At the end, it has a clamp to mount the gimbal handle.

THANOS Gimbal Support Vest with Arm – Vertical Rail on the Vest. Source: Digitalfoto

On the frontside of the vest, there is a large aluminum element with a vertical moving rail. The arm can be fixed on the rail and moved up or down, depending on how high you want your camera to be. The shoulder and waist straps are padded and thanks to the velcro design, the vest size can be adjusted.

There is a good chance that (with some practice) this supporting device can also slightly reduce the up and down movements of the camera, when walking with the gimbal.

THANOS Gimbal Support Vest with Arm – Complete Kit. Source: Digitalfoto

The THANOS gimbal support is now available for pre-order. The price is $450 and the package includes the supporting vest, the spring dual arm, the round baseplate, an adapter for thinner handle gimbals (less than 40mm diameter), and a carrying case.

To be honest, I am not entirely sure if a vest with arm is the right solution for heavier one-handed gimbals. As opposed to traditional Steadicams, the majority of the weight is located above the arm’s clamp. That’s why you’ll need to hold the gimbal firmly in the hand at all times to prevent any damage.

You can preorder the THANOS system here from B&H.

What do you think of the THANOS system from Digitalfoto? Would you try something like this with your one-handed gimbal? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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defiverr
defiverr
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July 4th, 2019

“There is a good chance that (with some practice) this supporting device can also slightly reduce the up and down movements of the camera, when walking with the gimbal.” … that’s the whole point. If it doesn’t, what’s the point. It seems that the up and down motion is not affect much. It’s still not clear if you can rotate the gimbal in place, pan left and right, with this while keeping the height the same. Need a youtube video to see it work.

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July 4th, 2019

For me whole point of using this is only to prevent 4/5 th axis of wobbling and going up and down. This is biggest advantage of stedicams/flycams over the gimbals without the vest, I’m looking for such solution. because this gives ability to make really smooth / dolly like moves without unpleasant micro changes in any axis. But does it will work with (moza air 2, bmpcc4K, small rig full cage, samsung t5, sigma 18-35, metabones support from small rig, viltrox focal reducer, follow focus, HDMI holder, cheesplate its more than 6kg

Dan Brockett
Dan Brockett
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July 2nd, 2019

As the owner and frequent user of the Crane 2, I think people who want this don’t understand the whole reason one handed gimbals exist. Cost, portability and ease of use. If you’re going to buy this, why use a one handed gimbal? There are plenty of deals out there for used Ronin Ms and MOVIs?

Pretty hard to be low key, when out shooting on the street or in public places wearing one of these.

Rob
Rob
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July 2nd, 2019
Reply to  Dan Brockett

I agree completely. But I can see where a simpler version of this could be useful. Something less elaborate and less vest-like since it would be handling far less weight than what vests are made for. Plus, this vest doesn’t easily allow low angle shots or high shots which is the advantage of one handed gimbals.

well yeah
well yeah
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July 4th, 2019
Reply to  Dan Brockett

Nailed it. This would make more sense for TWO-handed gimbal, which tends to be quite heavy and impractical to use for hours at a time.

Alexander Boboschewski
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July 2nd, 2019

langsam kommen wieder alle Nachteile der Steadicam ?

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