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First, Db, just read your post, I'll get back to you with measurements late this afternoon or early evening, I'm stuck horizontal and I won't have access to my gear for most of the day.
Second, I wanted to add some additional info; observations/thoughts, about the CB-LS that might be quite important for anyone considering it's purchase. The CB-LS's weight reduction does come at a price; compromises were made. Given I'll probably never shoot with anything larger then the 400 f5.6L or the f4 DO, the LS seems like the right choice for my needs. However, with the bigger glass; 500mm and up, the CB and it's extras might be a wiser choice.
The heavier CB Gimbal is more adjustable, versatile and is only $95 more. Several nice features, perhaps necessary ones for the bigger glass, were lost on the CB-LS.
Features of the CB that are not found on the CB-LS
- Easy to disassemble for compact packing and travel; the LS is not as modular.
- Two additional knobs, one for Panning, one for Tilting allow for more precise 'Drag' adjustment/control; to save weight the LS does not have these.
The CB is a multi-purposed design
1 - It can be configured as a traditional Gimbal with swing arm and lens plate.
2 - You can remove the swing arm/lens plate to side-mount your gear. With these removed,
it's ARCA Swiss style clamp can be used to side mount you gear; like the mongoose design.
3 - You can detach/use it's vertical support w/Arca Clamp; sans the swing arm/lens plate, as you
would with the SideKick/ball head combo.
4 - The vertical support; the attachment point for the swing arm/lens mount, has an adjustment knob and it looks like you can vertically adjust the swing arm, this is in addition to the standard vertical adjustment of the lens plate along the swing arm.
I choose the CB-LS for it's lighter weight, reduced cost, didn't need the extra adjustment or multi-purpose features, however, at only $95 more the CB might be the more flexible option.
Db, 3iron and WesN, maybe you three can elaborate, give your observations/thoughts on how the lost features listed above might compromise the Gimbal's usability.