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Apr 29, 2013 13:48:45   #
bcheary
 
Which would be the better head for a long lens to be mounted on a Manfrotto 3221W tripod. The Manfrotto 3030 or the Beike gimbal? I recall MT Shooter had good things to say about the Beike.

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Apr 29, 2013 14:50:10   #
JR1 (banned)
 
Many here use the Lensmaster gimbal which I first suggested ages ago, check gimbal in the search function above, I don't like any pan/tilt heads for sports/wildlife and I have three, nor B &S and as for the other cheap tin (sorry) thing ;), good luck to anyone placing a decent kit on a $80 gimbal

I have both lensmasters

http://i928.photobucket.com/albums/ad121/jser1/JPEGImage23330260.jpg

http://www.lensmaster.co.uk/index.htm

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Apr 29, 2013 14:55:23   #
bcheary
 
JR1 wrote:
Many here use the Lensmaster gimbal which I first suggested ages ago, check gimbal in the search function above, I don't like the manfrotto and as for the other cheap tin thing ;)

http://i928.photobucket.com/albums/ad121/jser1/JPEGImage23330260.jpg

http://www.lensmaster.co.uk/index.htm


Thanks for the input. Cheap as it may be the Beike has worked pretty good for me so far, but then I am still seeking my way through the forest!

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Apr 29, 2013 14:56:18   #
JR1 (banned)
 
bcheary wrote:
Thanks for the input. Cheap as it may be the Beike has worked pretty good for me so far, but then I am still seeking my way through the forest!


They are adequate, you get what you pay for, I hope other owners of Lensmasters post her and they will be honest.

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Apr 29, 2013 15:45:54   #
bcheary
 
JR1 wrote:
They are adequate, you get what you pay for, I hope other owners of Lensmasters post her and they will be honest.


Thank you.

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Apr 29, 2013 20:14:09   #
bcheary
 
JR1 wrote:
They are adequate, you get what you pay for, I hope other owners of Lensmasters post her and they will be honest.


Second time around. Re-reading your comments have there been troubles with Lensmaster?

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Apr 29, 2013 21:45:11   #
MT Shooter (a regular here)
 
bcheary wrote:
Which would be the better head for a long lens to be mounted on a Manfrotto 3221W tripod. The Manfrotto 3030 or the Beike gimbal? I recall MT Shooter had good things to say about the Beike.


The gimbal will give you much better control with a long lens. The 3030 is a 3 way head and very slow to adjust, especially with a long lens on it.

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Apr 29, 2013 22:00:01   #
Bruce with a Canon
 
Lensmaster RH 2 here, could not be happier.
ROCK solid, I use Canon 1D Mk II, or 50D, or 60D with 100-400 lens and 1.4 TC, and this rig is smooth, accurate and SOLID.

First Gimbal I have tried. I have seen others in the field, and this will perform with the 600 dollar units.

http://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-114937-1.html

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Apr 29, 2013 22:00:32   #
deej
 
JR1 wrote:
Many here use the Lensmaster gimbal which I first suggested ages ago, check gimbal in the search function above, I don't like any pan/tilt heads for sports/wildlife and I have three, nor B &S and as for the other cheap tin (sorry) thing ;), good luck to anyone placing a decent kit on a $80 gimbal

I have both lensmasters

http://i928.photobucket.com/albums/ad121/jser1/JPEGImage23330260.jpg

http://www.lensmaster.co.uk/index.htm
Many here use the Lensmaster gimbal which I first ... (show quote)


I probably should search first but since you own both could you give a quick run down on the pro's for each one that you have (or best uses)???

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Apr 29, 2013 22:48:32   #
RocketScientist
 
Here's a few shots of my Beike BK-45:

http://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-113931-1.html#1951352

It's holding 13 or 14 pounds of camera and lens. Works well for me.

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Apr 29, 2013 23:43:31   #
bcheary
 
MT Shooter wrote:
The gimbal will give you much better control with a long lens. The 3030 is a 3 way head and very slow to adjust, especially with a long lens on it.


Thanks Shooter, you always come though. I did, in fact, mount the Beike to the Manfrotto 3221W and it is firm and steady. I put the 3030 on my Bogen tripod and will use that for my short lens stuff. The guys in England seem to favor the Lensmaster and didn't seem to think much of the Beike. Personally, I thought that the Beike was pretty sturdy and not too shabby for the price.

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Apr 30, 2013 02:21:52   #
JR1 (banned)
 
bcheary wrote:
Second time around. Re-reading your comments have there been troubles with Lensmaster?


No I was referring to the one you quoted

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Apr 30, 2013 03:54:46   #
craggycrossers (a regular here)
 
bcheary wrote:
Which would be the better head for a long lens to be mounted on a Manfrotto 3221W tripod. The Manfrotto 3030 or the Beike gimbal? I recall MT Shooter had good things to say about the Beike.


Good morning from England - you say "the guys in England seem to favour the Lensmaster" - as you are well aware, like so many, anyone totally satisfied with a product or service will give it a high recommendation, whatever their country of residence. I have no experience with the Beike, so in no way am I one of those in England you say are "putting it down". I prefer to highlight the benefits of a product/service rather than "knock the competition". We're fortunate that there is a gimbal manufacturer here who builds quality equipment, gives excellent customer service, and, for the cost involved, the value gained in return is exemplary. JR1 recommended this product to me. I have found his recommendation to be first-rate. I have even visited the manufacturer as I live within 75 miles of him. My recommendation is for the Lensmaster RH-2 for exactly the above reasons. The company is well used to exporting to other countries, and I know that there are already a number of UHH members in the States currently enjoying the benefits of this gimbal.

Be sure to take a good look at the video on the website link given by JR1.

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Apr 30, 2013 04:08:57   #
JR1 (banned)
 
craggycrossers wrote:
Good morning from England - you say "the guys in England seem to favour the Lensmaster" - as you are well aware, like so many, anyone totally satisfied with a product or service will give it a high recommendation, whatever their country of residence. I have no experience with the Beike, so in no way am I one of those in England you say are "putting it down". I prefer to highlight the benefits of a product/service rather than "knock the competition". We're fortunate that there is a gimbal manufacturer here who builds quality equipment, gives excellent customer service, and, for the cost involved, the value gained in return is exemplary. JR1 recommended this product to me. I have found his recommendation to be first-rate. I have even visited the manufacturer as I live within 75 miles of him. My recommendation is for the Lensmaster RH-2 for exactly the above reasons. The company is well used to exporting to other countries, and I know that there are already a number of UHH members in the States currently enjoying the benefits of this gimbal.

Be sure to take a good look at the video on the website link given by JR1.
Good morning from England - you say "the guys... (show quote)


That is something I forgot, of course the RH2 is better for most peoples needs, thanks

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Apr 30, 2013 05:43:54   #
mborn (a regular here)
 
The Manfrotto 3030 would be great for landscape work. I use a similar head for mine. I use a gimbal head for my long lenses and have a couple of different models - a Mongoose Jobu, and the Adorama one that was just on sale All work good. If you have a camera store near go and look at what they have and make up your mind.

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