Tilta Armor Man 2 Gimbal Support Exoskeleton Vest

Once you start shooting with a camera that has quality like the BlackMagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K, you'll want to be able to use it as much as you can. But because of it's size and weight, it's not an easy camera to fly on a gimbal for more than a few minutes. So it's time to add a Gimbal Support System to the mix.

While there are many different types of vests available, I decided to try out the Tilta Armorman 2 Exoskeleton Vest. While I prep this gear for an upcoming project, I thought I would share how the Tilta Armorman 2 (version 2) works, how the arms can be enabled / disabled during use, and how versatile it is to move a large gimbal around like the CAME-TV Prodigy.

If you're wondering why I chose the Tilta Armorman2 system, it's not that I believe it's better than anything else on the market, but it does work differently. You'll find a few systems that hang gimbals over your head. This may or may not cause more stress to your neck, shoulders, and lower back as it pulls you over.

The design of the Armorman 2 on the other hand have ISO arms that sit low and wraps around the sides of your body. Waist pads sit over the Pelvic bones transferring the weight to your hips similar to a Steadicam Vest (Your vest should sit more on the hips and not hanging from your shoulders). This has been a good standard for Steadicam operators for decades offering better posture and again transferring most of the weight off the lower spine.

Again, I can't say if it's better than other support systems on the market, but it's the one I prefer to use at the moment. Remember this is Tilta's version 2 Armorman, which was completely redesigned and easy for one person to manage. You can get more information about the Tilta Armorman 2 Gimbal Support Exoskeleton (here).

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For large camera setups, the new CAME-TV Prodigy Gimbal has more height, more width, and a deeper frame than a full size Ronin. I can easily fit the Ursa Mini 4.6K with a V-Mount battery mounted on the camera. You can find the new CAME-TV Prodigy (here).

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3 thoughts on “Tilta Armor Man 2 Gimbal Support Exoskeleton Vest

  1. This system appears to be a good idea. I would suggest for Tilta Armor Man 3 that the left arm has an added fold out section that will allow for the left arm to be freed up and the exo-arm attached to ones mid-section right under the camera on the waist belt so that ones right arm is free to manipulate lenses and adjustment on the camera. That would allow it to act more like a steady cam when you need to and change it right back to a 2 arm support when desired ... possibly on the fly.

  2. damian

    First want to thank you for the directions on a motorized heavy duty lazy sally. Do you have any input on putting together a 3d stereoscopic camera setup. What camera would you suggest cannon, black magic, something with a good 4k resolution. I want to shoot 3d fashion shows in boutiques. So they would be motorized with follow focus. How do you feel about optical beam splitters? Want to put the images on 3d phones, iPads, and augmented reality. Any info would be greatly appreciated Damian

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