Hi guys! I finally received the Moment Universal Counterweight kit! I ordered this directly fron their Kickstarter campaing with the idea to use it with the Zhiyun Smooth 4 gimbal. Finally today made it to my mailbox!
I ordered the Universal Counterweight to be able to use the iPhone 8 Plus with the Moment Wide Angle lens on the Zhiyun Smooth 4. This is definitely my favorite lens for mobile, from landscape to travel photography, The quality of the Moment Wide Angle lens is just crazy: almost no distortions and high grade materials. I even used this lens under a waterfall, all the water spray and humidity didn't make it inside the lens. The iPhone 8 Plus is water resistant, but this lens it's not, so I was very pleased with that!
And of course the Zhiyun Smooth 4 gimbal is one of the best mobile gimbals out there! We want to use them together! So let see how they perform in combination.
The iPhone 8 Plus is quite big and heavy, you know that already. Without using a counterbalance you can mount the phone on the Zhiyun gimbal only when you are not using a phone case and without any additional lens!
So, will the Moment Universal Counterweight make the iPhone 8 Plus usable on the Zhiyun Smooth 4 with the Moment Wide angle lens? Short answer: Yes, it does that perfectly! Read below for my detailed analysis and my balancing settings.
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The Moment Universal Counterweight is a simple but very fine piece of craftsmanship. It's made of metal and comes with a carrying pouch. The counterweight can be configured from a minimum of 60 to maximum 120 grams to adapt to multiple phones/lenses combinations. The main component, that attaches to the gimbal with a velcro strap, weights 60g, the two "wheels" that can be screwed-in to increase the weights, are 30g each.
I was a bit afraid that the minimum weight of 60g could be too much for balancing the iPhone when used without a case, but after my tests I verified that there is never the need to remove the counterweight to balance the iPhone 8 Plus. Unless you need to put the gimbal away in its original case!
Here's how the Zhiyun Smooth 4 looks like balanced (I took these photos with the gimbal off) with iPhone 8 Plus, Moment Case with Wide Angle lens and the Moment Universal Counterweight! Terrific! Perfectly balanced!
The gimbal performances are perfect, very smooth movements even with such a high payload. After continued use the motors of the gimbal didn't give any sign of mulfaunction, while before I experienced the gimbal turnig off when using the iPhone 8 Plus without case and no additional Moment lens). That's because it wouldn't balance perfectly without any counterweight and would therefore overload the motors.
I am really happy I can finally use the Zhiyun gimbal with the iPhone 8 Plus and Moment Wide Angle lens! I put together my notes to quickly be able to balance the iPhone 8 Plus on the Zhiyun Smooth 4, in landscape position (phone in horizontal). Use them as a starting point to balance your setup!
- iPhone 8 Plus with Moment case and NO lens: counterweight plus one round 30g weight (60+30g=90g) on position closer to the main gimbal arm. Gimbal adjustable arm position all to the left.
- iPhone 8 Plus horizontal with Moment case and Moment wide angle lens: counterweight plus both round 30g weights (60+30+30g=120g). Gimbal adjustable arm position almost all to the right
- iPhone 8 Plus with a light case (I have a Liquid Crystal Spingen case): 60g counterweight with no additional round weights. Gimbal adjustable arm position almost all to the right
- iPhone 8 Plus no case: 60g counterweight with no additional round weights. Gimbal adjustable arm position all to the left.
- iPhone 8 Plus no case, no Moment counterweight: Gimbal adjustable arm position all to the right
And you? Do you use any counterweight for your gimbal? Let me know in the comments below!
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IF YOU ARE CURIOUS ABOUT HOW I TOOK THIS PHOTOS
I love to take product photos using only natural light, but what to do when the light is not enough?
For this series of photos I used a white panel of Plexiglas as surface base and background, a Nikon D750 with Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens and RRS mini and Sirui fully sized tripods.
I was shooting in my photo studio that has two big windows. Even with a lot of light, the use of a tripod is still a need. Shooting with a Macro lens requires very precise focusing, that you can achieve only with a still scene and the use of a tripod. For every photo, I focused on multiple positions to create then a composite focus stacked image in Photoshop. This allowed to have everything in focus a great level of details and sharpness otherwise not possible.