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| p.1 #1 · 500mm f/4, balance problems with D7000 on Gimbal |
First let me start with apology about long post.
I have the following:
Jobu Jr3 Gimbal
Induro CT213 Tripod
300mm f/4 ( gimbal and tripod work wonderfully with the above)
I just purchased the 500mm f/4 VR.
After research and information from Jobu, I thought the Jr3 Gimbal would be sufficient .
My problem is balance . I can not get the gimbal to balance with the D7000 and 500mm. I can get the D300 to balance, if I put on the SB900, but it is so far back on the foot , forward swing motion is limited.
I even purchased the replacement foot plate Jobu recommended for 500mm lens and lighter cameras for use with the JR3
I sent Jobu email and this is a part of the reply:
Thank you for your email. The balance on any large lens (500F4 or 600F4) can
be challenging to achieve when using a very light camera body. This is
irrespective of gimbal manufacturer, they all balance the same way. So
switching to one of our bigger gimbals is not a solution, neither is going
to another manufacturer, the issue is the lightweight camera bodies you are
They offered options that I might want to try --
1. Get a battery grip for your camera body, or use a Pro size camera.
2. Add some more simple weight with a 1/4"-20 screw and a few washers to the
bottom of your camera. (We are actually prototyping camera weights that will
screw onto the bottom of cameras for these situations)
3. Get a rubber body protector and heavier handstrap.
4. Use a teleconverter.
5. Use a lensplate (like the SF-NX3) on the 500F4 instead of a replacement
foot. This will allow you to balance further out, but may make it difficult
to balance your setup on the Jr.3. You may need a completely different
gimbal with more swing-clearance.
I have seen photographers with the D7000 ( no battery grip) and 500mm f/4 on a gimbal and it appeared to balance.
Someone has recommend the following from RRS:
So, before I spend more money that may or may not work, does anyone use this combination on a gimbal?
Does anyone have any suggestions.
I am willing to change gimbals , tripods if needed.
Side note -- I am a 5'1" female. The lightest , safest, set up would be preferred, as weight is obviously an issue for me.
Sorry for length of post .