DJI Unveils Ronin 4D Flex, DL PZ 17-28mm
DJI has announced Ronin 4D Flex, a new way to use the 4D camera platform, as well as its first cinema-grade zoom lens, the DL PZ (T3.0) 17-28mm.
4D Flex allows operators to separate the Zenmuse X9 gimbal camera from the main body, reducing handheld weight to about 4 pounds. 4D Flex also makes the X9 compatible with a variety of rigs, facilitating shots that were previously difficult or even impossible to achieve. Connecting Ronin 4D Flex to the main body is a 2mm coaxial cable, supporting lossless transmission of up to 8K. This solid cable connection lends 4D Flex significant flexibility for camera positions in tight spaces; it also allows the Zenmuse X9 gimbal camera to be used as a cinema-grade remote head.
Ronin 4D Flex is fully compatible with the Ronin ecosystem of professional cinematography solutions. Native compatibility with Ronin 4D’s Hand Grips and the Main Monitor provides cinematographers with cinematic imaging, three-axis stabilization, LiDAR focusing, and professional monitoring and control. Switching between Flex and the integrated configuration on set requires no tools. For static shots, the standard Pan Axis Quick-Lock with accessories pushes the limits of the gimbal’s payload, supporting telephoto, cinema zoom and anamorphic lenses.
Ronin 4D Flex is available now and lists for $929. The package includes one Pan Axis Quick-Lock, two Ronin 4D Hand Grip Adapters, and two Hand Grip Adapter Cables.
DJI’s DL PZ 17-28mm T3.0 zoom lens features precise back-focus control and native system calibration, autofocus, manual focus and automated manual focus. Mounted on Zenmuse X9, the lens delivers ultra-high resolution from center to edge while covering ultra-wide to wide-angle focal lengths with a minimum object distance of 7".
Constructed of aluminum-magnesium alloy, the lens weighs about 18 ounces, providing a size-to-weight ratio well suited to the X9. The internal servo zoom motor delivers a smooth, reliable zoom that eliminates the need for an external focus motor or lens calibration. The lens adjusts zoom without requiring rebalancing.
The DJI DL PZ 17-28mm lens is available now and lists for $1,339.
DJI has also released an activation license key for the Apple ProRes Raw codec on Ronin 4D. It lists for $979.
The company also plans to release two accessories by May 2023: the DJI Three-Channel Follow Focus and DJI Ronin 4D Expansion Plate (SDI/XLR/TC).
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