Film makers and videographers, are you considering the Zhiyun Crane 3 Master Package? Check out my review and experience with it before dropping $1,300 on Amazon or B&H.
While not a gimbal expert, I’ve logged time with several different models over the last few years, including an earlier Zhiyun Crane, as well as the SteadyCam 4000.
If you’re looking for a hard-hitting, concise review of the pros and cons of the Zhiyun Crane 3 Master Package, this isn’t the right video for you. I’ve taken my time in this video; I’ve included real footage of me shooting with the Zhiyun Crane 3; and then I show what that footage looks like.
Instead of just walking around an office park or some boring place to get the footage, I headed back to my Alma Mater, the University of Akron, in Akron Ohio. I also had my buddy and fellow film professional Corey Seese help me out with the footage.
So, in this video, I give you a little tour of the campus while I share my experience operating the Zhiyun Crane 3. Admittedly, the video could be tightened up to make it more efficient, but I wasn’t going for efficient in this video. I wanted to take a mellow, laid back approach to sharing my experience with the Zhiyun Crane 3 Master Package, and give you a tour of the college I graduated from a long time ago. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the tour and review.
Quick shout out to Josh over at Momentum Productions. His videos on the Zhiyun Crane 3 have been invaluable (check out his channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/MrJMMedia). If you read this, Josh, consider doing a video on balancing the follow focus/zoom with a few different lenses.
Less than half of the clips showing my actual Zhiyun Crane 3 footage use Adobe Premiere’s Warp Stabilizer effect—most have no effect on them.
I filmed with the Canon 80D with a Sigma f2.8, 18-35mm lens.
I couldn’t get the follow focus/zoom to work—couldn’t get them to balance with the Zhiyun Crane 3, so I am not using them in this video.
Admittedly, the idea for this video was to just get some trial footage of the Zhiyun Crane 3 that I’d just purposed. I headed back to NE Ohio, the University of Akron, and I thought that might be an ideal spot to try things out. I decided to include a review of the gimbal and package afterwards.
And in the spirit of full disclosure, this review and test footage video isn’t concise, hard-hitting. While I do review the components of the Zhiyun Crane 3 Master Package, the pacing of this is intentionally slow—it’s a review of the gimbal, footage of me using the gimbal, and a tour of the University of Akron (which serves as the backdrop for most of the video).