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A gimbal head for mirrorless cameras

An entrepeneur has designed a gimbal head for mirrorless cameras and is seeking Crowdfunding support so he can get it manuafactured for sale. This is what he said:

Greetings!

I have been a user of Panasonic GH2 and Lumix 14140 +Lumix100300 lenses for some time to make wildlife movies. I switched over from Nikon mainly for the lighter kit and advantage of great video. I could not find a suitable tripod head to shoot movies and videos, which would not weigh me down.

I designed one, got it manufactured at my CNC machine shop. I have been testing for some time. It weighs just 350 gms and features a new quick change mechanism designed for mirrorless cameras (light but strong).

We have launched a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo. I believe this will be of interest to you and your readers.

The Indiegogo link is
http://igg.me/at/stetimicro

Please do visit the campaign and your comments and feedback are most welcome.

Thank you very much.
Yours Sincerely
Sanjeev Kumar S R
Managing Director
Camtech CNC Pvt Ltd. +91-9362321000 India
www.steti.co.in


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Re: A gimbal head for mirrorless cameras

Looks good but I won't need it until someone introduces a 3-400mm m4/3 prime. Meanwhile my RH1 gimbal is ideal for my current setup. Tempting, but I'd like to see some reviews first AND I wouldn't want to be the first investor!

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Re: A gimbal head for mirrorless cameras

May be ideal for the 40-150mm f2.8 when it arrives.
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Re: A gimbal head for mirrorless cameras

I don't see the point. I haven't used a gimbal since I sold my last 600mm. The only time I'd use a gimbal these days is using big legacy glass. My 350mm isn't big enough to need a gimbal.
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Re: A gimbal head for mirrorless cameras

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I don't see the point. I haven't used a gimbal since I sold my last 600mm. The only time I'd use a gimbal these days is using big legacy glass. My 350mm isn't big enough to need a gimbal.
Mmmmm - not sure I personally agree. Using Andy Elliiot's gimbal head with hios 300 f/2.8 was a delight.

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Re: A gimbal head for mirrorless cameras

Sanjeev from Steti has been in touch - the funding bid wasn't working and that is why the funding page has been suspended but the product development is not affected and he says it is going well. He added:

"Nevertheless, the development is progressing very well and I have also found a way to go portrait on any camera on the Steti Micro."

I have been promised an evaluation sample and will update this thread when it arrives.

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Re: A gimbal head for mirrorless cameras

Most of my photography is hand-held, sometimes even with the EM1 and EF400mm + 1.4x. But for static birding such as sea watching I would always use a gimbal head on a sturdy tripod as with magnification it can also act as a spotting 'scope. With an EFL of 1120mm plus magnification a gimbal is essential for scanning large sea and sky areas. My gimbal is the excellent Robert Hardy RH1.

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Re: A gimbal head for mirrorless cameras

Update: I have now received a production sample of the Steti gimbal head for mirrorless cameras, all the way from Sanjeev's engineering company in India and will be reviewing it in due course.

There is more information on their website but the page does take time to load some videos demonstrating the product:

http://steti.net/

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Re: A gimbal head for mirrorless cameras

Really interested to hear how this works out Ian. I will watch for your review with interest.
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Re: A gimbal head for mirrorless cameras

Could somebody explain please what a gimbal head is, and why they are A Good Thing?

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Re: A gimbal head for mirrorless cameras

John, a gimbal head allows you to set a long lens so it balances on the head. If you set it up with the center of gravity of the lens at the pivot point of the head it stays in place when you let go. If you set the center of gravity below the pivot point the lens will level itself when you let go.
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Re: A gimbal head for mirrorless cameras

Got you, thanks.

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