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108 Gimbal tripod head any good ??


21 Jul 2008 7:21PM
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 e2
11 4.6k 36 England
21 Jul 2008 8:06PM
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.
NeilS e2
7 940 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2008 11:47PM
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.
22 Jul 2008 9:33AM
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 e2
11 3.0k 12 England
22 Jul 2008 9:58AM
Alternative!
Takes my 300-800mm! Smile
tigertimb e2
7 40 66 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2008 12:28PM
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
Tim

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