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Well I bought my last purchase from the Calumet store here in town, Escondido, they have had a bankruptcy sale for the last three weeks, which I am glad I missed. In the meantime I bought $1,250 in lenses, today I spent $250 in a Gimbal mount.
I have wanted one for a long time, it is hard to balance big lenses atop a ball, specially MF lenses, as you are trying to focus, zoom, pan and tilt while keeping everything upright on a top heavy, tipsy ball head.
The Gimbal sets the lens where it is hanging down and it maintains its position same as a pendulum, by having the center of gravity lower than the pivot point. The lens can be mounted exactly at its center of gravity with an extra long foot.
This is a Calument brand Gimbal, but it is very very smooth in panning and tilting, very happy with it.
Now I can focus better, not having to hold the heavy rig upright.
nikon nikkor 135mm 2.0 D800 photo of D3 with 400mm 3.5 and gimbal by Rafael CA, on Flickr
Not this top heavy, unbalanced, uglyness
nikon nikkor 400mm 3.5 tc300 tc201 tc 14 D800 moon shot D3 by Rafael CA, on Flickr
Now I can follow the dancers smoothly
nikon nikkor 50-300mm 4.5 ais D800 ISO 3200 Nations of San Diego Dance Festival by Rafael CA, on Flickr
Or the Moon
nikon nikkor 400mm 3.5 ais TC300 TC 201 blood moon by Rafael CA, on Flickr
I was very pleased with how accurate and fast my fingers focus when not balancing weight on a ball head. The panning and tilting is also very very smooth, not jerky like on the ball head.
This is the 400mm 3.5 on the Gimbal pointed at a neighbor's house, just as sharp at 3.5 as at any other aperture on the D3.
nikon nikkor 400mm 3.5 ais D3 Neighbor's house @ 3.5 by Rafael CA, on Flickr
Edited on May 01, 2014 at 05:32 AM · View previous versions