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jonathanp
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Finally got my Olympus 14-42 perfectly balanced.  I used a Hoya 37mm filter then attached the DJI BR 37-23 balance ring.  The DJI balance ring doesn't provide enough weight alone to balance perfectly.  Go for the combo of both.  I also used the step up ring and that didn't provide enough weight.


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2016-2-18
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DJI-Tim
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I'm glad that you got it eventually balanced. Thanks for sharing experience
2016-2-18
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geoff
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How can it be perfectly balanced if the lens goes in and out ?
2016-2-19
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rockliffe
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This balancing of lenses is absurd. Any lens surely has a centre of mass, which needs to revolve around the CoG? So how come so many users are having different setups with hoods, balancing rings, ND flilters etc? Or am I missing something?
2016-2-19
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rockliffe@btcon Posted at 2016-2-19 07:02
This balancing of lenses is absurd. Any lens surely has a centre of mass, which needs to revolve aro ...

Hey Rockliffe,

If you throw that lens on the gimbal with no balance weight the gimbal flops back real hard.  The camera/sensor is fairly heavy compared to the lens.  I suppose the COG helps the super sensitive gimbal motors not work too hard... I'm still amazed at how well any of these gimbals perform even with aggressive maneuvers.
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With the X5 or perhaps upcoming X5R,  if I wanted to shoot video but at a bit more height to shoot outdoor sports without having to be in the middle of things would this work well?  

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2016-2-20
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2016-2-21
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DJI-Tim Posted at 2016-2-19 07:57
I'm glad that you got it eventually balanced. Thanks for sharing experience

I have this issue at the moment...   

DJI's formal answer. It's a problem with the lens!!! Try a balancing ring. I've tried a balancing ring, I've tried without a balancing ring, I've tried with two balancing rings and some extra weight and that is the only time it will work without the grinding noise and vibration. The only trouble is though, the lens drops and points down vertically. surely unbalanced!?
2016-2-21
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Casey Preston
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Obviously, it doesn't seem like the gimbal should do that.  If you can exchange it for a different X5, I would exchange it.  I had an X5 that liked to do that every once in awhile and I read that it might be the tuning on the motor going out.  That being said, if there is a certain weight distribution that allows the gimbal to function, I would use that weight distribution whether it is technically in balance or not.  Controllers that attempt to maintain a steady state sometimes work better with a load, especially if the tuning is set up to expect a load.  I don't actually know how gimbals are tuned so I may be entirely off base on this assumption.
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