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pasterw
25th November 2009, 02:38 PM
Hi everybody,

After watching some guy using a Gimbal head at our local RSPB reserve on Saturday, I now know that I want one for my Zuiko 90-250mm...(will gear acquisition ever end?!?!).

Is anybody of you using a Gimbal head on a regular basis? Is the Benro GH-2 any good? The Wimberly Gimbals are just a bit too expensive to my liking.

Wolfgang

Jim Ford
26th November 2009, 05:36 PM
I don't know about their gimbal head, but I've got a Benro tripod that I'm very pleased with. The quality is of a very high standard.

Jim

pasterw
26th November 2009, 06:01 PM
Jim,

May I ask which model it is?

Wolfgang

donmcmahan
8th December 2009, 03:45 PM
me too, no gimbal head experience but very happy with my Benro C-2681 tripod and J-1 ballhead. Benro products get a bit of badmouthing but I put it down to 2 main things, sour grapes from people who paid a fortune for Gitzo or whatever, and poor quality from Benro in the past, I think they have improved hugely in recent years*chr

meach
8th December 2009, 03:55 PM
Hi everybody,

(will gear acquisition ever end?!?!).


Wolfgang

Years ago I developed a theory that there is no single piece of photographic equipment you can use to its fullest extent without the purchase of at least one more piece of photographic equipment. And it's a never ending process!

Jim Ford
8th December 2009, 04:51 PM
Jim,

May I ask which model it is?

Wolfgang

It's the C-198n6 Flexpod with a B-0 ball head:

http://photopal.co.uk/index.php?cPath=38

It really is very well made - the carrying bag as well.

(Sorry I've not responded earlier, Wolfgang!)

Jim

oly_om
8th December 2009, 07:17 PM
Wolfgang

I use the cheap indian gimbals - once you have done a little bit of refining of their manufacture (filing off any rough bits and then lubricating the bushes) they're okay. If I was to start again, I'd probably consider the Manfrotto 393. They are quite cheap (130) and have a good reputation.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MANFROTTO-MN393-393-HEAVY-TELE-LENS-SUPPORT-MONOPOD_W0QQitemZ360189964322QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK _CamerasPhoto_CameraAccessories_TripodsSupports?ha sh=item53dcfeb022

Andy

Jim Ford
8th December 2009, 08:14 PM
I use the cheap indian gimbals

Do you have a link to the cheap Indian gimbals?

Jim

oly_om
8th December 2009, 08:28 PM
Do you have a link to the cheap Indian gimbals?

Jim


They're on ebay, e.g:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Mini-Gimbal-Ball-Head-for-Large-Long-Telephoto-Lens_W0QQitemZ140365781470QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_De faultDomain_0?hash=item20ae73d9de

Andy