Here’s a couple of kit tips for anyone looking to use Canon EOS Cinema cameras on gimbal systems like the MoVi and Ronin.
I use the Movi M5 with Canon C100 and get asked a lot when posting pictures what I use to mate the grip to the gimbal, so I’ve decided to write an article to show users the necessary components to do this.
The Canon EOS Cinema cameras are fantastic cameras to use on gimbals; compared to other camcorders in their class they are small & light. They also have the ability to remove and relocate the native grip handle providing full control over the cameras functions.
Add to that the advanced Dual Pixel Auto Focus system and you have a fantastic single operator gimbal system.
The same accessories can be used for pretty much any gimbal with a crossbar setup, whether it is one of the Freefly Movis, DJI Ronin etc, applying to both the C300 and C100 (both marks).
The ENG Grip Relocator is the core item, it goes between the camera body and grip handle enabling you to extending the reach up to 22”. It’s designed to mount to a pair of 15mm rods, but you can re-purpose its use by mounting to a single 15mm stud (The ENG Grip Relocator can rotate 90 degrees to enable different types of mounting).
I found the ZUDs work best however as they provide a 3/8” thread with adjustable collar to ensure there’s a strong mate. ¼” threads work also, but the larger thread is much more secure.
The Manfrotto Nano clamp receives the thread of the ZUD and connects to the crossbar. I’ve tried and tested this with both Movi and Ronin crossbars; it fits both just fine.
There’s plenty of other ways of doing this, you can play around with Freefly mounts and get the ENG Grip Relocator attaching without the need for the Nano clamp.
However this is the most secure and quick release way I’ve found of doing it; Once setup it’s a two piece item, the ZUD stays permanently attached to the clamp, meaning only a single lever separates them both.
There’s a couple of ways of improving it further. The older ENG grip relocator may ship with a standard lever, in which case you can order the ratchet lever separately (the ratchet lever is pictured throughout this article), enabling you to setup up tension in more confined spaces.
The cable of the ENG Grip Relocator is pretty chunky; it’ll easily influence the balance of your gimbal if you’re not careful.
I’ve found securing much of the excess length via the crossbar helps reduce the wires influence on balance. I do so by use of a ThinkTank Red Whip, these are useful on pretty much every single bit of kit you own one way or another; I’d recommend every shooter own a handful of these.
Lastly is a tip I picked up from VidMuze that is specific to the Movi M5 and EOS Cinema Cameras. Switching out the 8” rods to 10” versions will give you more height for the top cage. Without the extra length cameras like the C100 won’t fit on the M5 without removing the top cage altogether.