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Quote: I have the Lensmaster RH-2. Good quality at a reasonable price and made in the UK. Can't fault it.
It looks interesting, and is lighter and more compact than the Manfrotto 393.
It should operate more smoothly as well.
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Another vote for the 393
I have decided to go with the Manfrotto 393.
Perversely, the eBay link given above by Mike has now been bid up to a higher price (for a damaged secondhand item) than the new price including postage from several UK retailers. So I have ordered from Amazon so that I get my affiliate commission and effectively bring the price down even farther.
Just a final word of thanks guys.
The Manfrotto 393 that I ordered from Amazon arrived during the week and it is exactly what I was looking for. Even sturdier than I anticipated and very smooth to pan and tilt.
Is there anyone use this kind of third party heavy lens gimbal head?
I am also in the market for a Gimbal head and having had a look at Wimberley and Benro I find the concept of the Lensmaster interesting; I like the fact it is made in the UK and the price is very advantageous however can it compare in terms of quality to it's more expensive cousins i.e. Wimberley and /or Benro?
Thanks all for the thread; after some additional research I have bought a Lensmaster RH-2 Gimbal Head which arrived promptly after an email from the company; after a play with it it looks extremely well made and does all I can ask of a gimbal head; at a shade under £150 inc two Arca style plates and p&p it is much less expensive than a Wimberley equivalent.
Now I have to look out for a heavier duty tripod to support the lens .... does it ever stop??
Quote: does it ever stop??
how true ...
I would caution against some of the cheaper Gimbals, simply because of the risk you run if any one component fails. And this is not an idle word of caution I have seen someones lens heading towards the floor because the connection at the side (a cheap version of the sidekick) sheared off with a 500mm Canon lens attached. For the sake of saving £100 they nearly had to replace a £5k lens!
With that in mind I would be particularly cautious of those style similar to the sidekick as a large lens will put a lot of stress on that element of the design. Those like the standard wimberley gimbal or Manfrotto 393 seem better for me at distributing the weight more evenly, thus not stressing one connector.
That said the Manfrotto is good value, but I do wish they would do a better job of promoting it rather than showing it with a small lens and in the position most owners never use
I must confess when I was researching gimbal heads not to like the concept of a sidekick or it's imitators; I have a Wimberley sidekick that I bought from a deceased person's estate and after use with a 300mm TBH I am going to sell it; I like my ££££££s lens to sit on a head not hang off the side of it; the lensmaster RH-2 appears to fit the bill seemingly made to survive if necessary a nuclear blast now for a Gitzo and then the hard bit .....pictures to justify the expense
2nd the Lensmaster as loweskid says cannot be faulted.
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