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Old 25th November 2009
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Benro Gimbal Heads

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.

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Re: Benro Gimbal Heads

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.

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Re: Benro Gimbal Heads

Jim,

May I ask which model it is?

Wolfgang
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Re: Benro Gimbal Heads

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
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Re: Benro Gimbal Heads

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


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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!
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Re: Benro Gimbal Heads

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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!)

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Re: Benro Gimbal Heads

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-MN39...item53dcfeb022

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Do you have a link to the cheap Indian gimbals?

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They're on ebay, e.g:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Mini-Gimbal-Ba...item20ae73d9de

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