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    What is the best gimbal tripod head?

    I think I found the best tripod for my needs, and now I want to find out what is the best gimbal head to get! Eventually I plan to have several more lenses, and likely a big lens like the Nikkor 300mm f2.8 as an example and will need a gimbal head to use it without hurting myself! Lol
    I don't have any set brand that I am stuck on, though I heard Wimberley was good, I have no real knowledge about which brand makes the best!
    So I could sure use some help on which brands are really good and which gimbal heads are the best! For how much it can cost, I'll say up to $1000.00 max and I really hope they don't run that high!lol

    It must be able to handle any large camera lens that goes on a DSLR!

    Please help me learn how to tell the best from the rest, and what to look for when shopping for a great one!

    Thanks!



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    GITZO GT2541EX 6X carbon fiber tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 DP ball head
    GITZO G2220 aluminium tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 SP ball head
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    Re: What is the best gimbal tripod head?

    As you say wimberly is a good make,across this side of the water these are popular,thought i would include the link for any one reading the thread,i bought cheap as i knew i wouldn't use it enough to pay for bearings instead of nylon sleeves.

    LensMaster Gimbal RH-2
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    Re: What is the best gimbal tripod head?

    Another vote to the Wimberley. I use the WH-200 II and have been extremely happy with it.

    Just a side note, 300mm f/2.8 is such a small lens that a good ballhead is enough. I shoot my 300VR mostly on monopod with a ballhead and sometimes I just hand hold it. So if you consider getting longer than 300 in the future, get the Wimberley, otherwise it is not necessary, IMHO.

    When you go heavier, a gimbal or a fluid head is invaluable. For example my 400mm f/2.8 VR needs a gimbal to be agile enough. It is not the weight of the lens as such, it is actually not heavy in any meaningful sense (I am used to lifting/pushing 40-50 times as much in the gym) but the fact that it is so front-heavy. Because of the weight distribution only a gimbal is solid enough support.

    The Nikkor 300/2.8 VR is well balanced, short and light lens. You will love hand holding it and/or shooting on monopod giving you the possibility to move around fast.
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    9 Nikon single-digit pro bodies from D1H to D5.
    12 Nikon three-digit consumer bodies from D100 and up.
    56 Nikkor prime lenses from AIS 8/2.8 to AFS 400/2.8VR
    4 Nikkor zoom lenses: 14-24/2.8, 17-35/2.8, 28-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8VR
    My fastest lens is f/1.2 (x3) and slowest f/2.8


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    Re: What is the best gimbal tripod head?

    What is the best gimbal tripod head?
    BTW, fluid heads are better than gimbals, but the price gets pretty high if you want quality gear. Look how a 600/4 handles on Sachtler:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Rx8Un-KOXo


    Then consider what you have to shell out for the best experience:

    Sachtler DV 12SB Fluid Head (100mm) 1205 B&H Photo Video


    A $600 WH-200 II is a bargain, IMHO. You'll get 80% of the fluid head handling at 20% of the cost.
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    9 Nikon single-digit pro bodies from D1H to D5.
    12 Nikon three-digit consumer bodies from D100 and up.
    56 Nikkor prime lenses from AIS 8/2.8 to AFS 400/2.8VR
    4 Nikkor zoom lenses: 14-24/2.8, 17-35/2.8, 28-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8VR
    My fastest lens is f/1.2 (x3) and slowest f/2.8


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    Re: What is the best gimbal tripod head?

    What is the best gimbal tripod head?
    A fluid head like that one is way out of my budget! Lol Wow!lol

    Quote Originally Posted by pforsell View Post
    BTW, fluid heads are better than gimbals, but the price gets pretty high if you want quality gear. Look how a 600/4 handles on Sachtler:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Rx8Un-KOXo


    Then consider what you have to shell out for the best experience:

    Sachtler DV 12SB Fluid Head (100mm) 1205 B&H Photo Video


    A $600 WH-200 II is a bargain, IMHO. You'll get 80% of the fluid head handling at 20% of the cost.
    ------------------------Tripods-------------------------------
    GITZO GT2541EX 6X carbon fiber tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 DP ball head
    GITZO G2220 aluminium tripod and ARCA SWISS Z1 SP ball head
    ------------------------Backpacks----------------------------
    Tamrac Expedition 8X, Tamrac Expedition 8,Tamrac Expedition 5

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    Re: What is the best gimbal tripod head?

    I've been very pleased with my Jobu Jr. 2 > Jobu Design Camera Supports and Accessories

    The current model (Jobu Jr. 3) is $389 Cdn

    Cheers, Don

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    Re: What is the best gimbal tripod head?

    What is the best gimbal tripod head?
    Quote Originally Posted by Bill16 View Post
    A fluid head like that one is way out of my budget! Lol Wow!lol

    This is even cooler:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXo5X0zNbP0
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    9 Nikon single-digit pro bodies from D1H to D5.
    12 Nikon three-digit consumer bodies from D100 and up.
    56 Nikkor prime lenses from AIS 8/2.8 to AFS 400/2.8VR
    4 Nikkor zoom lenses: 14-24/2.8, 17-35/2.8, 28-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8VR
    My fastest lens is f/1.2 (x3) and slowest f/2.8


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    Re: What is the best gimbal tripod head?

    On Fred Miranda right now >

    Wimberley Head Version II (WH-200)
    Price: $425 shipped

    Cheers, Don

  9. #9
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    Re: What is the best gimbal tripod head?

    i tried my friends gimbal head yesterday, cant rem the make, cheaper one $150ish, liked it ok, dont know if it works better than my ballhead and the amount of time i have my camera on my tripod?? going to try a moon/star shot tonight before i return it.

    Buy the best you can Bill, especially if you will use it alot.
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    Nikkor 18-105mm, 35mm, 70-300mm and Sigma 50-500.

    LowePro 202 Slingshot bag, Wimberley Gimbal head, Benro Carbon Fiber Tripod.

    Vanguard Alta 263 Tripod with SBH-250 ballhead, Vanguard AM 263 Monopod with SBH-100 ballhead.

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    Re: What is the best gimbal tripod head?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill16 View Post
    I think I found the best tripod for my needs, and now I want to find out what is the best gimbal head to get! Eventually I plan to have several more lenses, and likely a big lens like the Nikkor 300mm f2.8 as an example and will need a gimbal head to use it without hurting myself! Lol
    I don't have any set brand that I am stuck on, though I heard Wimberley was good, I have no real knowledge about which brand makes the best!
    So I could sure use some help on which brands are really good and which gimbal heads are the best! For how much it can cost, I'll say up to $1000.00 max and I really hope they don't run that high!lol

    It must be able to handle any large camera lens that goes on a DSLR!

    Please help me learn how to tell the best from the rest, and what to look for when shopping for a great one!

    Thanks!
    Take a look at the nest fluid head. Go to camera cottage.com to view it. I bought one about a year ago and love it.
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