Getting Started with your DJI Ronin-s

Getting Started with your DJI Ronin-s

Recently got my hands on one of these. As a keen videographer and my first DSLR gimbal , I can safely say I am not disappointed. Straight out of the box you can immediately notice the superb build quality. Assembly is quite simple as the three main gimbal components just slide and lock into place. However when you are ready to mount your camera for the first time you have to be patient. Balancing your camera is quite difficult and time consuming at first.

DJI Ronin-S

DJI Ronin-S

Make sure to remove your lens cap and anything else you won’t be shooting with prior to balancing, otherwise your balance will be disrupted later. If you’re wanting to add a Rode mic or change lenses after balancing you will need to make adjustments to each axis as the payload will be heavier obviously. If you’re stuck in a state of confusion when balancing like I was, just refer to the DJI Support/DJI Tutorials YouTube videos on Ronin-S balancing. It’s a bit of a pain but it’s worth it.

Unfortunately there are some details that are not clear in setting up the Ronin-S so I had to research for a few hours with many others with the same problem ending up on specific DJI forum threads. Luckily for anyone reading this I now have all the answers to those details that are not clarified very well in the instructions.

DJI Ronin-S

DJI Ronin-S

First of all there are quite a lot of camera compatibility issues in regards to certain camera bodies. DSLR bodies which do not contain MCC-b and MCC-C USB connections will NOT be able to sync via direct connection into the camera. This does not mean these cameras will not work on the Ronin-S. All stability functions will work regardless of the camera used. The camera control cable only affects the on board Ronin-S start/stop and the ability to take stills on the remote. You can check DJI’s camera compatibility sheet for information on your specific camera. All cameras which do not have these USB type connections will have to use the included RSS IR cable. Rather than directly con

DJI Ronin-S

DJI Ronin-S

necting to the camera body through a wired connection, the RSS IR has to be pointed directly at your camera’s infrared censor (mine is on the grip). Keep in mind that the RSS IR cable will NOT work if your camera’s bluetooth settings are turned on and your remote control setting is disabled. I have to agree with many others who say that the RSS IR sensor looks rather unpleasant. Hopefully DJI will release direct wired connections for many more camera models in the future.

 

Since the Ronin’s release, DJI has released a new firmware update which improves RSS IR connectivity. Since downloading the updated firmware by installing DJI Pro Assistant for Ronin, I have not run into any connectivity issues with my Canon 6D MK II.

In addition to building and balancing you will need to download the DJI RONIN app from the App Store on your mobile device to gain camera control. Once your mobile device is synced to the Ronin you should have access to all customisation as well as modes like time-lapse and motion lapse which in my opinion are fantastic. Another amazing customisation option you can do with the app is setting one of your user modes to enable an infinite roll of the camera on the roll axis. To achieve this, go into your channels and set channel 1/2 to N/A and 3 to roll, then simply put your Ronin S into flashlight mode and hold the joystick directly to the right or left. If your camera is having a hard time completing a full 360 with these settings your camera is not balanced properly. Make sure the Roll and tilt axes are excellent. You can check the balance by doing a balance test in the app settings.

However once you have everything set up and in good nick, using the Ronin-S is a dream. Footage is buttery smooth and battery life is great at 12 hours a charge. Using the Ronin-S for a lengthy duration of time can be a bit of an arm workout as the weight is a little on the heavy side. I’d recommend hitting the gym first if you plan on mounting a 1DXMK2 with a 70-200 lens or anything similar. Planning on taking this to Iceland next month so I better get my gym membership in order!

by Daniel Dickman. You can follow Daniel on Instagram.

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