Quickdraw Gimbal and Steadicam Counterweight System
$124.99

Quickdraw counterweights match the center of gravity of your lenses by adding just enough weight to each. This makes your lenses instantly interchangeable on gimbals and Steadicams.

 

No more pausing to rebalance your stabilizer. With the counterweights attached, changing lenses on a stabilizer is just as easy as changing lenses on a tripod. 

 

Quickdraw is compatible with all focal lengths from 12mm to 200mm.

 

You just simply thread the counterweights onto your lenses with the provided adapter and run a brief setup. 

 

So just select how many lenses you use on your stabilizer and we’ll get started on your order. We contact all customers with a follow-up email to work out exact configuration details. It’s our goal to make sure every order is built to fit the customer’s needs as closely as possible. 

When you avoid a lens change just to save time, an artistic opportunity slips away. Quickdraw solves that.


If you have four lenses you fly on your gimbal, you need three Quickdraws. If you fly two lenses you only need one Quickdraw.  After you you receive your order, you will keep your stabilizer balanced to your heaviest lens, and the counterweight will match the other lenses to that heaviest lens. So when you switch lenses, your stabilizer won't notice the difference. You don't need to weigh your lenses either. We will identify your heaviest lens and tell you.  With Quickdraws installed, a lens as small as a tiny nifty-fifty can be instantly switched out to an eight-inch long 70-200 f2.8 zoom lens without batting an eye. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How are Quickdraws calibrated?

First thing’s first, get the heaviest lens that you want to fly. After you have balanced your stabilizer to your heaviest lens, you change lenses. With a lighter lens on the camera, it will no longer be balanced. To restore balance, you screw a Quickdraw onto the front filter threads of the lighter lens. Then you open the carbon fiber doors of the Quickdraw shell and load the Quickdraw with small stainless steel discs. Provided with your order will be an estimate of how many discs are needed for each of your lenses. When you’re close to this number you will notice your camera and lens have returned to perfect balance. At this point, just secure the carbon fiber doors again and that lens will now be matched to your heaviest one. Repeat these steps for each lens you want to fly on your stabilizer. You won't need to do this again. 

How long does calibration take?

Not very long. If your lenses are similar in weight, each Quickdraw will only take five minutes to set up. If you have three Quickdraws, that’s just fifteen minutes. If you have a set of lenses that range from very light, to very heavy, you will have to insert more discs into your Quickdraws. But the discs go in fast, and we pre-load the Quickdraws to roughly 80% of what we expect is needed. This means that even for a kit of lenses with a huge weight range, at most it should only take around ten minutes per Quickdraw.

What happens if I use a different camera body with my lenses?

All you have to do when you switch bodies is rebalance your gimbal for your heaviest lens again. All the compensations between each of the lenses stay the same. You won’t have to mess with the discs again.

 If I don't change camera bodies, how often will I have to rebalance my gimbal?   

If you’re careful, you may not have to rebalance your stabilizer for weeks. With a quick release plate installed on your stabilizer, you can reindex your camera to the same position on your gimbal every time. This means even if you take your camera off your stabilizer, everything will still stay in the right position. 

 What happens if I get a new gimbal?   

Nothing really! Just balance it for your heaviest lens just like before. All your Quickdraws will stay calibrated.What happens if I get a new lens to fly on my gimbal?That depends. If the lens is lighter than your heaviest lens, things are easy. You will just have to buy one more Quickdraw and set it up for that lens. Now if you get a lens that’s noticeably heavier than your current heaviest lens, you will, unfortunately, have to recalibrate all your Quickdraws to match the new reference lens. You will also need to buy an additional Quickdraw for the lens that used to be your heaviest.How do I store Quickdraws?If you have space in your camera bag, we recommend that you just leave the Quickdraws on your lenses like filters. If that’s not possible, then just make sure you keep the Quickdraws marked for what lens they belong to. For your next gig, you’ll just have to quickly screw them on again at the start of the day.

How do I store my Quickdraws?  

If you have space in your camera bag, we recommend that you just leave the Quickdraws on your lenses like filters. If that’s not possible, then just make sure you keep the Quickdraws marked for what lens they belong to. For your next gig, you’ll just have to quickly screw them on again at the start of the day.