Tired of Heavy Gimbal Work? Meet the GimbalGun!

March 18th, 2019
Tired of Heavy Gimbal Work? Meet the GimbalGun!

This is a fun one! Or maybe not.. I won’t judge this thing until I haven’t tried it but you’ll probably agree with me when I say this is the most peculiar piece of gear I’ve seen in a very long time. Meet the GimbalGun – a support rig for your single handed gimbal plus a truckload of accessories.

GimbalGun

Although the name might suggest otherwise, this is not a war machine but a support rig (which does look a little bit like a giant gun, granted). The GimbalGun was invented and DIY’d by William Graham, based in Portland, ME, out of necessity. Since he tended to overload his gimbal with way too much accessories he needed something more comfortable to hold and operate. The GimbalGun was born.

In order to bring this to life Will has just started to a Kickstarter campaign, watch the intro video below:

Now that we know what this is, let’s dive into the features of this unusual device!

GimbalGun – Features

The GimbalGun itself is made form a lightweight yet strong aluminium 6061 alloy. The whole unit just weighs 750 grams. And the size? It does look huge, but rest assured: This is only a prototype (70cm x 6cm x 6cm). The final product will be smaller and (hopefully way) more compact. The main goal of the GimbalGun is to better distribute the weight of your Gimbal plus accessories and of course the device itself. Therefore it comes with a padded shoulder strap which attaches via two swivel hooks to the GimbalGun. Furthermore, two removable handles, a monitor mount and a mini tripod are included.

EDIT: since the video and photos were take, Will already made some improvements and this is what he wrote us: We found that the GimbalGun™ was a bit to wide and tall, making it a bit bulky. We have slimmed the new design down, making it lighter and easier to access the underside to screw in screws.

GimbalGun
Just like any other accessory, the gimbal itself attaches to the GimbalGun via a 1/4 20 screw insert on the bottom. The supplied monitor mount is height-adjustable and also serves as a handle. In this configuration you can bring the monitor way closer to your face which is pretty nice.

The elephant in the room is obvious here, though: This thing is.. huge?! Having a gimbal’s weight rest on the shoulder and back is nice but the main advantage of deploying a single-handed gimbal in the first place is that it’s not huge. You can shoot in tight locations, follow a talent through narrow doorways and around corners. What good is a device like the GimbalGun in that scenario?

GimbalGun
I think the idea is solid and it makes a lot of sense but at this stage the GimbalGun is just too big. Let’s hope Will finds a way to make the device more compact and thus better suited for more use cases. If you want to support him, check out his campaign over at Kickstarter.

Please keep in mind that Kickstarter is not a shop or a market place and there are certain risks when backing up a project.

What do you think? Is the GimbalGun something you would bring on your next shoot? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Willy D
Willy D
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March 22nd, 2019

If people think Ronin + A7s round up too heavy, then don’t even bother to join the game….

Justin Rule
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March 22nd, 2019

Not sure I’d go out in the streets with that kit. Might get shot

Harry Scheffland
Harry Scheffland
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March 20th, 2019

Didn’t this site used to be half decent? I can’t remember.

 James Madara
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March 19th, 2019

This thing should be painted white, yellow, or orange with a large logo without ‘gun’ in the title. Camera crews often get reported to police as ‘suspicious’. Let’s not make it harder for the police to do their job.

Jordan-Rhys Moses Jenkins
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March 19th, 2019

Sean Dooley
Kiran Menon
If Arri don’t release a product like this at NAB I think it might be game over ?

Brice Faldi
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March 19th, 2019

Antoine Fercken, pour vos ipads

Wes Anthony
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March 19th, 2019

“Hey you guys know how those stabilizers can be big and bulky? Well we made one that’s even bigger and more awkward, and requires a completely new set of muscle memory. Only $799”

Sébastien Morasso
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March 19th, 2019

Nickel pour les JRI de Fox News.

Ethan Saint
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March 19th, 2019

Try getting that through airport security lol
Especially if packed with a Red Weapon with Bomb EVF!

Roberto Mettifogo
Member
March 18th, 2019

I think it’s nice for action filming, a very natural way to aim the camera quickly if you think. Not for weddings but the concept is so simple that could even work without a gimbal, just with the camera, an alternative to the shoulder rig. I understand anyway why Americans don’t like it. But here in Europe, they don’t shoot you even if you go in a bank with a rifle…

Love the adv, with the military music at the beginning, brilliant.

 John Prescott
John Prescott
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March 18th, 2019

In a last ditch effort to save Cinemartin and the Fran 8 from bankruptcy, they got their hands on a bunch of 2-inch square tubing bought at auction. Then they said, “Now what???” BEHOLD… The Gimbal Gun!

if that one’s not funny, we could just go with, “Is that a gimbal-gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?”

Jyata
Jyata
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March 18th, 2019

Is this a joke!!? Hahaha

Dennis Murphy
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March 18th, 2019

Somebody actually thought this was a great idea.

Ben J
Ben J
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March 18th, 2019

‘Tired of heavy gimbal work?’ Here’s a gigantic piece of metal to make it easier!

Tat Leung Chan
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March 18th, 2019

Ridiculously funny ?

Joelle Mcneil
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March 18th, 2019

As a black man in America™, I’ll pass.

Roberto Mettifogo
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March 18th, 2019
Reply to  Joelle Mcneil

good idea

George A Nathanson
George A Nathanson
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March 18th, 2019

Brought to you by the makers of the “Annihilator 2000”

https://youtu.be/hEsuFw3U3jM

Smokey bear
Smokey bear
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March 18th, 2019

Wow you should not even post this article. I’ll walk off a set if I see one of these things. I don’t want to catch a stray bullet while some overzealous nut try to take out a camera operator holding a gun. What a stupid concept.

Laurence
Laurence
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March 19th, 2019
Reply to  Smokey bear

I’m happy they posted the article, so we get to see how ridiculous this is!

Jay Apostol
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March 18th, 2019

At least the youtube title is accurate “Run and Gun” ??

Lloyd Surdi
Lloyd Surdi
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March 18th, 2019

Come on, man

 theo antoniou
theo antoniou
Member
March 18th, 2019

Not so sure about this one. Just cannot see myself arriving at a shoot with this rig. Sorry “GimbalGun.”

Philip Knowlton
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March 18th, 2019

just no.

Ben Jungjareon
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March 18th, 2019

Maybe put an orange paint on the tip?

Joshua Grassnick
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March 18th, 2019

Arend Jan Westerik LOL

Bob
Bob
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March 18th, 2019

So the target user for this is the camera man who likes being arrested on a daily basis?! haha ;)

This is ridiculous…. how to make your subject uncomfortable and those in the distance even more uncomfortable….

 Caine Mitchell
Caine Mitchell
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March 18th, 2019

Robocop just got a cheap camera rig

Taylor Greenwalt
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March 18th, 2019

This is terrible for about 10 reasons lol

Arnaud Keil
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March 18th, 2019

Add some painted writings and you’re ok… It’s the worst gear of the year.

Johann Hütter
Johann Hütter
Member
March 18th, 2019

Looks like a recipie for getting shot by the police.

Phyllis
Phyllis
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March 18th, 2019

Just drill some holes in a piece of steel, add a handle and shoulder strap and call it the GimbalRod and you’ve got a competitor. In all honestly watching the video of him using the rig it seems like it could be useful.

Luc Buelens
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March 18th, 2019

No thanks… I guess it’s a joke ??? The Ronin + A7SII are not that heavy…

Craig Shields
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March 18th, 2019

Certain people will get killed with this gimbal. This is crazy.

Johan Taljaard
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March 18th, 2019

Guaranteed to get you arrested. But it actually seems like it can work kinda.

Peter Naylor
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March 18th, 2019

That is ridiculous ?‍♂️

Matthias Stöckl
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March 18th, 2019

There is probably hardly a good day to feature a gun-shaped camera rig (outside the US). But these days might be really very much not good.

Kyle Prohaska
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March 18th, 2019

*facepalm*

 Alexander Boboschewski
Alexander Boboschewski
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March 18th, 2019

April 1st. is earlier this year ;-)

Chase Carlsen
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March 18th, 2019

Panicked for a second thinking it was already April 1st

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