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Mar 23, 2013 11:40:16   #
Macbadger
 
Any suggestions on which gimbal head to buy? Especially for BIF.

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Mar 23, 2013 11:43:32   #
JR1 (banned)
 
Use the search and you will see many

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/polarizing-filters.htm

http://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-86803-1.html

I and others like and use the Lensmaster

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Mar 23, 2013 15:31:19   #
craggycrossers (a regular here)
 
Macbadger wrote:
Any suggestions on which gimbal head to buy? Especially for BIF.


I'm with JR1 on this - take a long hard look at the Lensmaster RH-2 - http://www.lensmaster.co.uk/index.htm - it's hand-made in Britain, will take a lens as big as 500mm quite easily (look at the video on the website), quite as well-built as many much more expensive gimbals, and the manufacturer is well-used to sending his product around the world. What is more, upon receiving your "brand new" head you will not have to immediately take it apart and re-lubricate some part or parts in order to make it work efficiently. It'll function as it's designed to do "straight out of the box". Highly recommended.

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Mar 23, 2013 15:32:46   #
JR1 (banned)
 
craggycrossers wrote:
Macbadger wrote:
Any suggestions on which gimbal head to buy? Especially for BIF.


I'm with JR1 on this - take a long hard look at the Lensmaster RH-2 - http://www.lensmaster.co.uk/index.htm - it's hand-made in Britain, will take a lens as big as 500mm quite easily (look at the video on the website), quite as well-built as many much more expensive gimbals, and the manufacturer is well-used to sending his product around the world. What is more, upon receiving your "brand new" head you will not have to immediately take it apart and re-lubricate some part or parts in order to make it work efficiently. It'll function as it's designed to do "straight out of the box". Highly recommended.
quote=Macbadger Any suggestions on which gimbal h... (show quote)


If I am right you also get other items like a drill bit and parts for locking it on your mount

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Mar 23, 2013 15:37:04   #
Bruce with a Canon
 
Lensmaster RH2, I use Canon 1D Mk2 or 60D with 100-400L IS USM with 1.4 TC.
This gimbal is robust, precise. Add the fact that you deal with Rob, the owner, and you have a winning combination.

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Mar 23, 2013 15:41:57   #
craggycrossers (a regular here)
 
JR1 wrote:
craggycrossers wrote:
Macbadger wrote:
Any suggestions on which gimbal head to buy? Especially for BIF.


I'm with JR1 on this - take a long hard look at the Lensmaster RH-2 - http://www.lensmaster.co.uk/index.htm - it's hand-made in Britain, will take a lens as big as 500mm quite easily (look at the video on the website), quite as well-built as many much more expensive gimbals, and the manufacturer is well-used to sending his product around the world. What is more, upon receiving your "brand new" head you will not have to immediately take it apart and re-lubricate some part or parts in order to make it work efficiently. It'll function as it's designed to do "straight out of the box". Highly recommended.
quote=Macbadger Any suggestions on which gimbal h... (show quote)


If I am right you also get other items like a drill bit and parts for locking it on your mount
quote=craggycrossers quote=Macbadger Any suggest... (show quote)


I didn't get them JR1 - but I didn't ask for such items. However, the guy is such a friendly fellow that if one asked for one or two "small extras" I'm sure he would oblige. What you DO get as part of your purchase are 2 quick release plates, one "normal" size and the other "longer" to help make sure balance of a lens can easily be attained. I saw someone mention earlier today that this "longer" plate also helps hand-holding a longer lens + camera. That, I felt, was a good point to mention, as I too find it extremely helpful.

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Mar 23, 2013 15:58:38   #
JR1 (banned)
 
craggycrossers wrote:
JR1 wrote:
craggycrossers wrote:
Macbadger wrote:
Any suggestions on which gimbal head to buy? Especially for BIF.


I'm with JR1 on this - take a long hard look at the Lensmaster RH-2 - http://www.lensmaster.co.uk/index.htm - it's hand-made in Britain, will take a lens as big as 500mm quite easily (look at the video on the website), quite as well-built as many much more expensive gimbals, and the manufacturer is well-used to sending his product around the world. What is more, upon receiving your "brand new" head you will not have to immediately take it apart and re-lubricate some part or parts in order to make it work efficiently. It'll function as it's designed to do "straight out of the box". Highly recommended.
quote=Macbadger Any suggestions on which gimbal h... (show quote)


If I am right you also get other items like a drill bit and parts for locking it on your mount
quote=craggycrossers quote=Macbadger Any suggest... (show quote)


I didn't get them JR1 - but I didn't ask for such items. However, the guy is such a friendly fellow that if one asked for one or two "small extras" I'm sure he would oblige. What you DO get as part of your purchase are 2 quick release plates, one "normal" size and the other "longer" to help make sure balance of a lens can easily be attained. I saw someone mention earlier today that this "longer" plate also helps hand-holding a longer lens + camera. That, I felt, was a good point to mention, as I too find it extremely helpful.
quote=JR1 quote=craggycrossers quote=Macbadger ... (show quote)


That is new

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Mar 24, 2013 13:31:08   #
Fat Gregory
 
I like the product but $31.43 for freight is a bit off-putting say what???

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Mar 24, 2013 13:34:30   #
DB
 
Anything shipped to or from overseas is expensive. But in the long run it might be a good investment if you get the item you are looking for. Always trade-offs.... lower quality item with less shipping charges or a quality item... Thats why we have choices ;)

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Mar 24, 2013 13:39:47   #
olcoach
 
Look at the one sold by Adorama. It is way less expensive than any others I know about and it is well built. I have it and shoot birds with long, heavy lenses and I never worry about my Gimble handling it.

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Apr 10, 2013 17:47:42   #
Jblanke
 
craggycrossers wrote:
I'm with JR1 on this - take a long hard look at the Lensmaster RH-2 - http://www.lensmaster.co.uk/index.htm - it's hand-made in Britain, will take a lens as big as 500mm quite easily (look at the video on the website), quite as well-built as many much more expensive gimbals, and the manufacturer is well-used to sending his product around the world. What is more, upon receiving your "brand new" head you will not have to immediately take it apart and re-lubricate some part or parts in order to make it work efficiently. It'll function as it's designed to do "straight out of the box". Highly recommended.
I'm with JR1 on this - take a long hard look at th... (show quote)


I am with Craggy all the way on this one. I just received my RH-2 an hour or so ago. It took all of two minutes to set up. The quality, workmanship, fit and finish are conspicuous from the time you open the box. It is velvet smooth and extremely well thought out and engineered. It's beefy and extremely stable and built to last. I am so glad I bought it.

The proprietor of the business, Rob Hardy, could not be a nicer chap to deal with. He is all about accommodating his clients and making certain they both understand their purchases and that they are happy with them. As for handling and delivery, I placed my order on line on the 3rd of April and received my gimbal today (4/10). I could not be happier with the entire experience. Rob kept me informed as to shipping progress along the way. He is most responsive and attentive to his clients. And, by the way, he has a gallery of BIF that any photographer would envy.....and has shared his experience with me.

So, if you are on the fence about which gimbal to buy, I highly recommend that you contact Mr. Rob Hardy. I think you will be glad you did. And, NO....I have no connection with Mr. hardy or his company.....other than that I am a very satisfied client and wouldn't hesitate to buy from him again. He is a real gentleman.

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Apr 11, 2013 06:35:17   #
craggycrossers (a regular here)
 
Jblanke wrote:
I am with Craggy all the way on this one. I just received my RH-2 an hour or so ago. It took all of two minutes to set up. The quality, workmanship, fit and finish are conspicuous from the time you open the box. It is velvet smooth and extremely well thought out and engineered. It's beefy and extremely stable and built to last. I am so glad I bought it.

The proprietor of the business, Rob Hardy, could not be a nicer chap to deal with. He is all about accommodating his clients and making certain they both understand their purchases and that they are happy with them. As for handling and delivery, I placed my order on line on the 3rd of April and received my gimbal today (4/10). I could not be happier with the entire experience. Rob kept me informed as to shipping progress along the way. He is most responsive and attentive to his clients. And, by the way, he has a gallery of BIF that any photographer would envy.....and has shared his experience with me.

So, if you are on the fence about which gimbal to buy, I highly recommend that you contact Mr. Rob Hardy. I think you will be glad you did. And, NO....I have no connection with Mr. hardy or his company.....other than that I am a very satisfied client and wouldn't hesitate to buy from him again. He is a real gentleman.
I am with Craggy all the way on this one. I just ... (show quote)


So pleased you're happy with it. You give a great recommendation here - and I'm sure we'll see you helping spread the word in your country about this product and the levels of Rob's service.

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Apr 11, 2013 21:32:25   #
Jblanke
 
craggycrossers wrote:
So pleased you're happy with it. You give a great recommendation here - and I'm sure we'll see you helping spread the word in your country about this product and the levels of Rob's service.


More than happy to do it, Craggy. It's such a great product, it sells itself!! Rob is certainly a prince of a guy and dealing with him was a pleasure. I will help him any way I can. Nice to make your acquaintance, too, Craggy. I look forward to your future posts. If you are in Rob's neck of the woods, please pass along my best to him.

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Apr 21, 2013 12:13:30   #
Jblanke
 
Jblanke wrote:
More than happy to do it, Craggy. It's such a great product, it sells itself!! Rob is certainly a prince of a guy and dealing with him was a pleasure. I will help him any way I can. Nice to make your acquaintance, too, Craggy. I look forward to your future posts. If you are in Rob's neck of the woods, please pass along my best to him.

As an update, I have now had my RH-2 for almost 2 weeks and have used it on several occasions......most recently on an all day shoot earlier this week. I am not sure how I ever got along without it. It makes the entire experience of bird and wild life photography so much more enjoyable than using a ball head. You can "focus" on things like exposure and focusing and forget about tightening and loosening knobs, aligning level, orienting your lens, etc., etc., etc.. It simply allows you the comfort and freedom to improve your shots. It is so easy to take down and set up if you so choose and it fits neatly in my tripod bag. It is now a permanent part of my kit and I wouldn't be without it. And this gimbal boasts quality, durability, simplicity, fit and finish from the time you open the box. It is the single most effective value I have found for helping improve my wildlife and bird photography.





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Apr 21, 2013 12:29:21   #
craggycrossers (a regular here)
 
Jblanke wrote:
As an update, I have now had my RH-2 for almost 2 weeks and have used it on several occasions......most recently on an all day shoot earlier this week. I am not sure how I ever got along without it. It makes the entire experience of bird and wild life photography so much more enjoyable than using a ball head. You can "focus" on things like exposure and focusing and forget about tightening and loosening knobs, aligning level, orienting your lens, etc., etc., etc.. It simply allows you the comfort and freedom to improve your shots. It is so easy to take down and set up if you so choose and it fits neatly in my tripod bag. It is now a permanent part of my kit and I wouldn't be without it. And this gimbal boasts quality, durability, simplicity, fit and finish from the time you open the box. It is the single most effective value I have found for helping improve my wildlife and bird photography.
As an update, I have now had my RH-2 for almost 2 ... (show quote)


Well .... there's a recommendation if ever I saw one ! Great to see satisfied customers .....who also are exceptionally good at their craft. Nice photo Jack. My congratulations.

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