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108 Gimbal tripod head any good ??

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    Colin Smale
    21 Jul 2008 - 7:21 PM

    Anyone bought one of these Wimberley style Tripod / Gimbal mount head for large telephoto lenses off Ebay at a mere 108 ? See Item number: 130239273051. Are they any good. I know some might say "buy cheap buy twice" but let's hear from those who have bought.
    Is this a rip off Britain thing again as they are $499 (1000) in the States.

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    justin c  104534 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
    21 Jul 2008 - 8:06 PM

    They're generally designed for the big telephoto lenses, i.e. the big, expensive telephoto lenses. I certainly wouldn't want to compromise on the safety and security of such a big investment by trying to save a few quid on the head that supports it.
    Although very costly the Wimberley's don't cost 1000. Although saying that I've not checked Jessop's price Wink

    The Mk II Wimberley is 499 from Warehouse Express.

    Last Modified By justin c at 21 Jul 2008 - 8:08 PM
    NeilS e2 Member 7894 forum postsNeilS vcard United Kingdom
    21 Jul 2008 - 11:47 PM

    I bought one from ebay (india) solidly built, works fine but I don't have too much weight in the way of 5/600s, if you have, please look at and consider Jobu from the States or even the Manfrotto equivalent I think its the 393 approx 100.

    Colin Smale
    22 Jul 2008 - 9:33 AM

    Thanx Neils, I'll have a look at that. I have the Nikon 500 f4 so, heavy.
    Would still like to hear from anyone who has a similar lens and gimbal from India.

    IanA  113048 forum posts England12 Constructive Critique Points
    22 Jul 2008 - 9:58 AM

    Takes my 300-800mm! Smile

    tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
    23 Jul 2008 - 12:28 PM

    I'm using a Manfroto 393 and find it a great alternative and I picked mine up for 105 retail in the UK. A quick google search on "Manfrotto 393" will find you loads of comments and reviews; it gets my recommendation but the biggest lens I've used with it is a 300mm f2.8.
    Try a search on "gimbal" in the forums too as Cheryl (csurry) gave her opinions recently here: http://www.ephotozine.com/topic/t-60808/p-0#comm1627342

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