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Grantland
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p.1 #1 · Gimbal head help


Hi,

I mostly shoot Nikon these days however . . . when seeking advice on gimbal heads I can think of no better people to ask than a bunch of happy seasoned gentlemen who appreciate the finer things in life and like to play with big white lenses.

Therefore, I need advice on a new tripod and gimbal head and need some suggestions.

Wimberley or Jobu are two I have heard of. Any other brands worth looking at?

I will be shooting with a 400 f/2.8 or 500 f/4.0

Thanks,

Grant




Mar 08, 2013 at 02:53 AM
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p.1 #2 · Gimbal head help


Grant, I am a big big fan of the induro GBH1.

it's compact, lightweight and decent priced. i have used the canon 600mm, 500mm, 800mm, 500mm ii and 600mm ii on it.

i don't think a of people here have used it, but i have been for about 4 years. I also have a wimberly II head and just let one of my employees use it as i prefer the induro.



Mar 08, 2013 at 03:29 AM
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p.1 #3 · Gimbal head help


Those are the two, but if you haven't checked it out Markins just released a very cool thing - the BV20 that is a combination ballhead and gimbal. It's probably more an alternative to a ballhead = sidekick set up, but it's so much smaller that I fell in love with it. I can vouche for the fact it's great with a 500 f/4 size lens. I haven't worked it out with a 600 or 400 f/2.8 yet. But we did mount the Sigma 200-500 on it just to see - and it held it up fine.

http://www.markins.com/4.0/html_en/bv_20.php



Mar 08, 2013 at 03:35 AM
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p.1 #4 · Gimbal head help


Interesting. I had an Induro but sold it - wasn't nearly as smooth as the W-II. Maybe I had a bad copy.

For the 500/4 size my favorite in terms of weight is the Mongoose 3.6.

For the 400/2.8 I really think you want a W-II.

But those are the ones I've used - I'm sure there are other options out there.


Wow - Ron beat me by a few sec. That Markins looks pretty cool.



Mar 08, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Lars Johnsson
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p.1 #5 · Gimbal head help


If you like a "normal style" full Gimbal head. The Wimberley and Jobu is the two brands to buy.


Mar 08, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Lars Johnsson
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p.1 #6 · Gimbal head help


RCicala wrote:
Those are the two, but if you haven't checked it out Markins just released a very cool thing - the BV20 that is a combination ballhead and gimbal. It's probably more an alternative to a ballhead = sidekick set up, but it's so much smaller that I fell in love with it. I can vouche for the fact it's great with a 500 f/4 size lens. I haven't worked it out with a 600 or 400 f/2.8 yet. But we did mount the Sigma 200-500 on it just to see - and it held it up fine.

http://www.markins.com/4.0/html_en/bv_20.php


It looks very cool and small/light. Could be good instead of a Sidekick.
Thanks for the link Roger. I will post it in the General forum where we talk a lot about gimbal heads.


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Mar 08, 2013 at 03:44 AM
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p.1 #7 · Gimbal head help


Lars Johnsson wrote:
If you like a "normal style" full Gimbal head. The Wimberley and Jobu is the two brands to buy.


Not sure what style I prefer as I never owned or used a gimbal head.






Mar 08, 2013 at 03:49 AM
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p.1 #8 · Gimbal head help


Grantland wrote:
Not sure what style I prefer as I never owned or used a gimbal head.



Then you probably love the Wimberley or Jobu



Mar 08, 2013 at 03:52 AM
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p.1 #9 · Gimbal head help


Another alternative, which I think had a thread here somewhere
http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-GH1-Heavy-Gimbal-Supports/dp/B0071BIQZC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362715083&sr=8-1&keywords=Gimbal+head

I havent used a wimberly or jobu but I as surprised at the sturdiness of this unit (I paid $99). Fluid movement and had no problems using an old Minolta 600 5.6 (10 lb) and a Nex .



Mar 08, 2013 at 04:00 AM
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p.1 #10 · Gimbal head help


big country wrote:
Grant, I am a big big fan of the induro GBH1.

it's compact, lightweight and decent priced. i have used the canon 600mm, 500mm, 800mm, 500mm ii and 600mm ii on it.


thanks.

it looks very nice. small and lightweight and it handles a 600.



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p.1 #11 · Gimbal head help


Yes Wimberley & Jobu


Mar 08, 2013 at 04:19 AM
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p.1 #12 · Gimbal head help


+1 for the Wimberley II. Very smooth, sturdy and well built.


Mar 08, 2013 at 04:34 AM
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p.1 #13 · Gimbal head help


Grant, I currently use Wimberley II, and I like it a lot. Used 400 f/2.8 IS MkI on it, and now it's 800L mostly.
However, I must say Jobu Pro 2 is at least as good.

Those two gimbal heads are similarly heavy, similarly priced, and both solid and built to last practically for ever.

I am scared of ballheads, and sidewise lens mounts I find distracting. There is something to be said about heads that work with gravity, such as good gimbals do, as opposed to fighting it.




Mar 08, 2013 at 04:58 AM
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p.1 #14 · Gimbal head help


mogud wrote:
+1 for the Wimberley II. Very smooth, sturdy and well built.


+2 for the Wimberley II



Mar 08, 2013 at 05:01 AM
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p.1 #15 · Gimbal head help


Custom Bracket (CB) Gimbal .... after much research.

Db



Mar 08, 2013 at 05:49 AM
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p.1 #16 · Gimbal head help


I've owned and used the RRS, JOBU, and Wimberley II gimbals...My wife and I are using the Wimberley IIs with our 500 and 800.

Rod



Mar 08, 2013 at 12:21 PM
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p.1 #17 · Gimbal head help


Well if you can find one I'll put in a plug for the Wimberly I. Great price used ( about $150-$200) and works as well as the Version II. I've used mine for years with a 600mm and 800mm. I tried the version II but can't justify the extra cost. Seems to me they just moved the knobs. The version II may be a little lighter, not sure.


Mar 08, 2013 at 01:23 PM
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p.1 #18 · Gimbal head help


I picked up a Benro GH2 recently based on some recommendations, and while I have not really put it to serious use yet it does seem quite well built. Used a Bogen/Manfrotto 393 before that is great bang for the buck though not as refined as the nicer heads.


Mar 08, 2013 at 01:39 PM
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p.1 #19 · Gimbal head help


I have both the Wimberley I and II. Both are very well made and if you can locate a I version you will save a little money and have just as good of a gimbal as the II. Never used any of the others mentioned.


Mar 08, 2013 at 01:58 PM
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p.1 #20 · Gimbal head help


Doctorbird wrote:
Custom Bracket (CB) Gimbal .... after much research.

Db


Db, I guess you like lottsa little knobs, bits and pieces it disassembles into.



Mar 08, 2013 at 02:09 PM
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