Here’s a hands-on test of the Insta360 One R Ribcage Mod. Last month, I posted about the new Back-Bone Ribcage Mod that enables the Insta360 One R (reviewed here) to use 3rd party lenses (Micro Four Thirds or C-mount). Now CreatorUp’s Hugh Hou has tried out the Ribcage Mod with several lenses including the Entaniya 250 lens. In this post, I’ll show his hands-on test, then we’ll answer the most common question about the Ribcage Mod: WHY should you use the One R with Ribcage Mod instead of just shooting with a Micro Four Thirds or other body?
First here’s Hugh’s hands-on test:
When I posted about the Ribcage Mod, most people were amazed that it was even possible to use 3rd party lenses on the One R. However, the most common question that people asked was, “Why should we even use the Insta360 One R instead of a Micro Four Thirds camera to use a Micro Four Thirds lens?” I posed this question to Hugh and he provided these 5 reasons, and I’ll add one more to the list.
1. One R is smaller and can get into tight places.
Insta360 One R is much more compact than any Micro Four Thirds body and can be placed in tight spaces where an MFT camera would not fit.
2. Crash Cam.
In Hollywood, filmmakers often need a rugged semi-disposable camera called a crash cam. The One R can serve that role, and whereas consumers might balk at the cost of a One R with 1-inch mod and Ribcage Mod, that cost is small compared to some crash cams such as the Black Magic Pocket Cinema.
3. Vintage camera look
The Ribcage Mod turns the One R into a vintage camera with nostalgic colors and cinematic in-camera flare.
4. 5.3K resolution
The One R with 1-inch mod has higher resolution than many cameras. Even Blackmagic is 4K on Micro Four Thirds.
Hugh also pointed out that the One R’s small size is an advantage for traveling. “With C-mount, it can get really small so it’s very easy to drop it in a bag and travel instead of [bringing] a DSLR.”
6. Focal length
In addition to the foregoing reasons provided by Hugh, another reason is that it has a longer effective focal length, which can be useful for telephoto shots. On the Insta360 One R 1-inch mod, Micro Four Thirds lenses have effectively 1.35X the focal length compared to Micro Four Thirds.
How do you like the samples of the Ribcage Mod? Let me know in the comments! In Hugh’s next video, he’ll show how he used the Ribcage Mod for 360 videos and VR180 videos. Don’t miss it and subscribe to his channel!