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| p.1 #2 · Gimbal Comparison= Wimberly, Kirk KC-1, and Mongoose-3.6 |
I would be lost without a vertical adjustment to achieve perfect balance. My trusty Wimberley original version is going on 9 years old, and just keeps working perfectly. And its vertical adjustment makes it universally adaptable to any lens and body you want to put on it. If you use a smaller body that does not have a lot of weight to it, you can get away without a vertical if you use a side mount style. But for a pro style body, the off center weight it has means that easy vertical adjustment is important.
The platform style bottom mount gimbal you show that has no vertical adjustment available makes no sense to me at all, and seems like the classic of a knock off product where the manufacturer has no clue about using what they designed.
For bigger lenses, a side mount is much harder to mount and dismount the lens. A bottom style mount platform like the full Wimberley's have is faster and easier and safer to use. No way I want to drop either of my super telephoto lenses.
I keep looking for an excuse to upgrade from my Wimberley original version to a lighter weight Wimberley version II. I abuse and over use the original one, but it never complains and never fails to work perfectly. I may just need to make up a fake excuse so I can upgrade.