Zhiyun-Tech released their latest generation gimbal for smartphones – the Smooth 4. The headline feature on this new stabilizer is a big, nicely damped zoom/focus knob that allows you to zoom and focus your phone’s camera without touching the phone! There are several other really nice features including manual exposure mode, standby mode, motion timelapse, and the kit comes with a tripod. I have to confess that the Smooth 4 makes shooting video with my phone a lot of fun!
All of the gimbal shots in this video were shot with the iPhone 7+.
Check to see if your phone is supported at https://www.zhiyun-tech.com/smooth4 under downloads.
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Links to gear discussed and used to shoot this episode:
Zhiyun Smooth 4 Stabilizer Gimbal for Smartphones
Amazon (US, UK, DE, FR): http://geni.us/k1wB
Aputure COB 120d – This is one of my main workhorse lights. Not a week passes where I don’t use it for at least one shoot
Aputure COB 120t – When I don’t have to match existing light, I prefer to use this as my key light. Really nice, warm skin tones
Aputure Light Dome Soft Box – When I need a nice, soft light on the face of the talent in an interview or talking head video, this goes on the COB120 key light
Lupo DayLED Fresnel Light with Barn Doors – These are useful when I need hard light as well. I don’t have soft boxes for them so they’re not quite as versatile as the Aputure COBs, but really great lights with a super durable build.
650, 1000, & 2000 in daylight, tungsten, or bi-color
Blackmagic design Ursa Mini Pro Cinema Camera – used for the talking head shots in this episode
Sigma ART 24-70mm f/2.8 OS Lens (Canon EF Mount)
Panasonic GH5 – Used for some of the product shots
Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS Lens – incredibly versatile lens that is on the GH5 most of the time
Copyright 2018 by Curtis Judd
Music – MzA by Cary Judd, used with permission
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