A Bag for the Zhiyun Crane

October 25, 2017 by Mike in Hints and tips How to Travel 0 comments
A Bag for the Zhiyun Crane

This is a quick post to show you my camera bag and how I set it up to hold my Zhiyun Crane, fully assembled. If you don’t want to read about it, you can check out my youtube video about it below:

Now the Zhiyun Crane is an awesome gimbal, but a pain to pack away. I used to take the handle off, but this meant from taking it out of the bag to being ready to film took a minute or two and to be honest was a bit of a hassle.

Now with this bag and the way I’ve set it up, the zhiyun crane version 1 squeezes in fully assembled.

It also holds a second camera and a whole load of other lenses and equipment I might need during the day.

I can have a camera on the gimbal at all times now, if I want to film, I can whip this sucka out and if I need to photograph, I just undo the quick release and get it on the tripod.

One of the other great things about this bag is that it has an opening hatch on the top; you can stand the bag up between your legs, open up the hatch and, with this setup, pull out the gimbal and be ready to shoot within seconds.

As I carry two bodies with me all the time, I can flip this bag around and use the side compartment to get the second camera out.

To get this layout, I’ve used some of the dividers from this bag and some from others. It’s a bit messy at the moment so I am going to get some custom made ones from the fabric shop to make it even better.

So I’ve put the dividers in for different compartments for any extra lenses I might need, and then made sure there’s enough room for the shoulder of the gimbal to fit in. As this bag is deeper at the top, you can sit it in with the camera still on the gimbal. In tight situations, you can open the top access point and pull the gimbal out ready to go, and put it back in when you’re done as well as having access to your second camera body (if you have one), or extra lenses through the side pockets.


On a side note, I am not endorsed by any of these companies, this is my own kit that I bought with my own hard earned cash.



2 Extra Tips

1. When I am travelling on a plane, I tend to break the gimbal down into its two sections as it takes up less space, so when I do, I use one of these lids from a Robinsons bottle of Squash. This fits perfectly on the battery handle, protects the thread and keeps the battery in place.


2. I’ve used this without a quick release plate for a while and now I have a plate that works, I wouldn’t go back to not having it. So get a quick release plate and it’ll make your life so much easier. I use the Arca Swiss plates on everything, from shoulder rigs, monopods, tripods, etc. It just makes it so easy when shooting to have all the same quick release plates.

If this helped you, or if you know someone who might benefit from this info, pass it on and let me know in the comments below. Also if you have any questions or would like to ask me anything, you can email me on mike@boxheadmike.com (best way to get in contact) or leave a comment below (I check my website comments every few days so email is more efficient).


And thanks for stopping by





If you’re interested, this is the kit list of what I’ve used:

Lowepro 450AW ProTactic

Zhiyun Crane 1

Sony A7sii

Also I got the dividers from my old Benro 650 bag. It’s a beast but I found it not to be that comfortable on long day hikes.

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