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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · A once over of the Jobu DMG-HD4 (aka: Heavy Duty Mk IV Gimbal)


I settled on the stock WH-200 and expect to be satisfied when it shows tomorrow. Also got their long plate P-40 because a 2.5" shift will be needed to bring the nose up when pairing the 800/8 with D500 (my lighter body). The adjustability will nicely serve my tele fleet: 800, 280/4, 200/2. These are all-metal hefties.

Also bought a Gitzo 4 series (Systematic, of course) even though I know Gitzo customer service is nonexistent, and the spider is made from pot metal. Misplaced loyalty is sad. My puny Reporter 224 is going strong, but the French aluminum oscillates for several seconds under this kind of load.



Jul 11, 2017 at 12:09 AM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · A once over of the Jobu DMG-HD4 (aka: Heavy Duty Mk IV Gimbal)


You must be strong. Why not replace the lens mounting foot with an A-S type though? A single piece is better than a plate+foot IMO.

EBH



Jul 11, 2017 at 12:20 AM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · A once over of the Jobu DMG-HD4 (aka: Heavy Duty Mk IV Gimbal)


These lenses are not current product, so I doubt the plate vendors have anything to offer. Plus, the feet appear to be fixed—at least for end users.


Jul 11, 2017 at 12:41 AM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · A once over of the Jobu DMG-HD4 (aka: Heavy Duty Mk IV Gimbal)


your spider is made from a Mg alloy and overpainted with their special paint. i have to say it is not "pot metal". as long as the paint is on there they hold up well. corrosion can be an issue if the paint is compromised

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Jul 11, 2017 at 12:50 AM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · A once over of the Jobu DMG-HD4 (aka: Heavy Duty Mk IV Gimbal)


I've used Wimberley II and Jobu Pro 2 in parallel for a number of years. Finally, it became clear that I favoured the Jobu, the Wimberly was sold, and I haven't looked back since.

Not that the Wimberley II is a bad gimbal, far from it, just that I think Jobu Pro 2 is better although the adjustment knob placement on it is ergonomically inferior to the Wimberley II.



Jul 11, 2017 at 11:35 AM
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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · A once over of the Jobu DMG-HD4 (aka: Heavy Duty Mk IV Gimbal)


FWIW.....Steve Perry recently wrote about how he saved about 3 lbs by using the Jobu gimbal and a RRS tripod. I believe he said he really liked the Jobu! However, I'm having trouble finding that particular blog.


Jul 11, 2017 at 12:56 PM
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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · A once over of the Jobu DMG-HD4 (aka: Heavy Duty Mk IV Gimbal)


Thanks to @sjms for starting this timely thread and providing valuable suggestions. Apologies to Jobu for declining their DMG Mk 4, although I'm investigating their tripods to retire my old alu Reporter 224.

The Wimberley WH-200 arrived and is an awesome product worthy of the high ratings (and price). Even the packaging and documentation has a no-nonsense elegance. Manufacturing in the USA isn't dead yet! On close inspection, the platform knob (wing screw to be precise) appears to be plastic-sheathed. It will surely survive vigorous use, but it's an interesting design choice given the other (metallic) controls.

Yeah, yeah, pics or it didn't happen.



Jul 12, 2017 at 02:54 AM
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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · A once over of the Jobu DMG-HD4 (aka: Heavy Duty Mk IV Gimbal)


I'm a long-time user of Wimberley products and own a WH-200. I purchased it direct from Wimberley without the head cradle, opting instead for the RRS PG-CC cradle clamp. It fits the Wimberly perfectly, and adds a lever clamp feature which I've found extremely convenient when attaching and detaching a lens. Another advantage of the RRS clamp is that the top of the clamp has nice laser-cut index numbers making it easy to remember exactly where a lens goes. Since I frequently use a 500mm lens alone, and with both 1.4x and 2x extenders, having an exact reference point for balance is valuable... Enjoy your new head!


Jul 12, 2017 at 06:49 PM
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p.2 #9 · p.2 #9 · A once over of the Jobu DMG-HD4 (aka: Heavy Duty Mk IV Gimbal)


Scales could be helpful although each rig would need three recorded positions (lens plate, platform clamp, platform arm). I have three teles, three bodies and two plates in play. Now, if the sun would come out, I can actually shoot. Nature photography sucks like that.


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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · A once over of the Jobu DMG-HD4 (aka: Heavy Duty Mk IV Gimbal)


One does not the dreaded lever clamps to get the scales. Normal clamps have graduations also.

EBH



Jul 12, 2017 at 11:50 PM
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p.2 #11 · p.2 #11 · A once over of the Jobu DMG-HD4 (aka: Heavy Duty Mk IV Gimbal)


Thanks to this thread, I can actually deploy the following beast of a lens in the field. Correct balancing allows framing with a single finger. I was using shutter speeds at least 2 EV below the 1/f Rule, and didn't even need to lock the movements—incredible! Gimbal porn:



I have the P-40 plate, but P-30 is sufficient for this config.



Jul 17, 2017 at 12:10 AM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · A once over of the Jobu DMG-HD4 (aka: Heavy Duty Mk IV Gimbal)


What lens is that?

EBH



Jul 17, 2017 at 04:55 AM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · A once over of the Jobu DMG-HD4 (aka: Heavy Duty Mk IV Gimbal)


@EB-1 That's the 800/8 AI-S from 1982, a remarkably sharp lens when properly stabilized. Follow this link if interested: FM posting with Nikkor 800/8 AI-S images



Jul 17, 2017 at 05:16 AM
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p.2 #14 · p.2 #14 · A once over of the Jobu DMG-HD4 (aka: Heavy Duty Mk IV Gimbal)


I vaguely remember them at the time, but did not have anywhere near those funds. I had to settle for the Sigma 600/8 CAT of that era. If it is anything like the other early ED-IF lenses serious extension tubes are needed to achieve anywhere near a close-ish focus, e.g., for the smaller birds.

EBH



Jul 17, 2017 at 05:26 AM
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p.2 #15 · p.2 #15 · A once over of the Jobu DMG-HD4 (aka: Heavy Duty Mk IV Gimbal)


It'll be fine for peregrines (my fav), and okay for warblers if I use a cropper. MFD is 10m so, if my math is correct, yields 7.6" along the short axis of the DX frame. BIF is out of the question unless I learn a technique one might call aerial prefocus!


Jul 17, 2017 at 05:48 AM
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p.2 #16 · p.2 #16 · A once over of the Jobu DMG-HD4 (aka: Heavy Duty Mk IV Gimbal)


Why I settled on the Jobu Jr. Deluxe....

It is proven to be of very high quality and only weighs 1.3 pounds.

Also I learned:

1.. TILT ADJUSTMENT KNOB has such a wide adjustment range that it greatly reduces my need to balance the 200-500 zoom. All I do is tighten that knob a little and it gives enough resistance to hold the rig in place...yet allow easy, super-fluid movement in an instant

2. ARCA SWISS PLATE RELEASE KNOB is quick enough so that I may not need a QR.

Took it out yesterday on a sand bar and it is so smooth. With D500 Group AF and this gimbal I was able to fluidly follow/acquire a constant flow of terns. I love it!

Thank you to those who gave me all the input when I was searching for a gimbal.
Robert



Jul 23, 2017 at 08:23 PM
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p.2 #17 · p.2 #17 · A once over of the Jobu DMG-HD4 (aka: Heavy Duty Mk IV Gimbal)


That Jr. is just the size for a 5 lbs. lens.

EBH



Jul 24, 2017 at 03:58 AM
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