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Oct 23, 2017 08:21:34   #
dsmeltz (a regular here)
 
Had a disastrous day at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (AKA Brig) yesterday. I was testing out my new Senior Pass (got in under the deadline for the $10.00 pass online took three months to get it but I got it!) ....Errr actually I was testing my Sigma 150-600 C in the field and found I just can't hold it steady enough to go to 600 on a target several 100 yards away. Tried my tripod and ball head, but it lacks the delicate movement needed. Anyone have a suggestion for a (reasonably priced, I would like to stay close to $200) quality gimbal for use on either a tripod or monopod? Or suggestions on heads to avoid?

Thanks

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Oct 23, 2017 08:40:13   #
brucewells
 
dsmeltz wrote:
Had a disastrous day at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (AKA Brig) yesterday. I was testing out my new Senior Pass (got in under the deadline for the $10.00 pass online took three months to get it but I got it!) ....Errr actually I was testing my Sigma 150-600 C in the field and found I just can't hold it steady enough to go to 600 on a target several 100 yards away. Tried my tripod and ball head, but it lacks the delicate movement needed. Anyone have a suggestion for a (reasonably priced, I would like to stay close to $200) quality gimbal for use on either a tripod or monopod? Or suggestions on heads to avoid?

Thanks
Had a disastrous day at the Edwin B. Forsythe Nati... (show quote)


Contact MT SHOOTER on this forum. He owns/operates the Camera Cottage in Montana and sells the Nest gimbal head. I bought one 2-3 years ago and it has worked just fine.

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Oct 23, 2017 08:43:57   #
spaceylb
 
Manfrotto 393.

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Oct 23, 2017 08:44:20   #
dannac
 
dsmeltz wrote:
Anyone have a suggestion for a (reasonably priced, I would like to stay close to $200) quality gimbal for use on either a tripod or monopod? ?

Thanks


These are well made.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/554099-REG/Manfrotto_393_393_Heavy_Duty_Gimbal.html?sts=pi

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Oct 23, 2017 08:49:04   #
Camlane
 
brucewells wrote:
Contact MT SHOOTER on this forum. He owns/operates the Camera Cottage in Montana and sells the Nest gimbal head. I bought one 2-3 years ago and it has worked just fine.


I like my Nest!

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Oct 23, 2017 08:57:40   #
rjaywallace (a regular here)
 
brucewells wrote:
Contact MT SHOOTER on this forum. He owns/operates the Camera Cottage in Montana and sells the Nest gimbal head. I bought one 2-3 years ago and it has worked just fine.


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Oct 23, 2017 09:03:32   #
rwilson1942 (a regular here)
 
brucewells wrote:
Contact MT SHOOTER on this forum. He owns/operates the Camera Cottage in Montana and sells the Nest gimbal head. I bought one 2-3 years ago and it has worked just fine.


I have also been using a Nest for several years and recommend it.

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Oct 23, 2017 09:07:52   #
vonzip (a regular here)
 
I too recommend the Manfrotto 393.

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Oct 23, 2017 10:41:20   #
dsmeltz (a regular here)
 
Thank you all. I have reached out to MTShooter and expect to order soon. Looks great!

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Oct 23, 2017 16:18:57   #
spaceylb
 
298 ???

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Oct 24, 2017 05:27:33   #
SteveMcBill
 
I can recommend LensMaster - see here: http://www.lensmaster.co.uk/index.htm

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Oct 24, 2017 05:46:31   #
picsman
 
I also recommend the Lensmaster which delivers to the USA.

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Oct 24, 2017 06:05:41   #
Robert Bailey
 
I have the feeling that "reasonably priced-$200" and "Gimbal Head"
might be an oxymoron, or mutually exclusive terms.

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Oct 24, 2017 06:17:11   #
picsman
 
Robert Bailey wrote:
I have the feeling that "reasonably priced-$200" and "Gimbal Head"
might be an oxymoron, or mutually exclusive terms.


Not if you buy the lensmaster.

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Oct 24, 2017 06:20:56   #
Jerrin1
 
dsmeltz wrote:
Had a disastrous day at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (AKA Brig) yesterday. I was testing out my new Senior Pass (got in under the deadline for the $10.00 pass online took three months to get it but I got it!) ....Errr actually I was testing my Sigma 150-600 C in the field and found I just can't hold it steady enough to go to 600 on a target several 100 yards away. Tried my tripod and ball head, but it lacks the delicate movement needed. Anyone have a suggestion for a (reasonably priced, I would like to stay close to $200) quality gimbal for use on either a tripod or monopod? Or suggestions on heads to avoid?

Thanks
Had a disastrous day at the Edwin B. Forsythe Nati... (show quote)


I have a LensMaster and it is a brilliant bit of kit. You may consider me biased as it is made in the UK; but it is worth looking at their website and YouTube demo videos.

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