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Gimbal Triopd Mounts--Advice
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Feb 26, 2013 19:01:26   #
Julian Loc: Sarasota, FL
 
clixpix wrote:
Hi:

I am considering getting a gimbal head for my tripod and telephoto lenses. I have looked at the Induro GBH-2, Jobu BWG-J3K and the Optecka GH1 Pro. The Opteka is the least expensive and I understand is made in China. I would appreciate and advice on these or other choices you all might have or have used.

I will be using it with my Canon 300mm L f/2.8 and my Canon 70-200L f/2.8.

Thanks in advance for the information.


I just received my Opteka GH1 head today. I must say I was disappointed with the quality of the unit: somewhat stiff and binding in places but a little bit of silicon lubricant seem to have helped; this is my first impression but I will give it chance and see how it works before sending it back. Can't beat the price if it works.

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Feb 26, 2013 20:40:59   #
James Parrish Loc: Folsom, California
 
Do Not Get Set to Give it up!
I called the distributor before I bought mine as was told it would be stiff to start out with. However, I have had mine a few weeks now and it has become a lot easier to use. I have used a Wimberly and it is not a $600.00 or $594.00 unit from ADORAMA. But for the $150.00 it's just fine. Put the rest of your cash into a Carbon Fiber Tripod or better glass. The more you use it the more it will get that smooth turn & swing. It is a sealed unit like the Wimberly just not built with the same components. If your looking for a cost effective Tripod look at the WeiFeng FT 575T Retails for $238.00 and sells on eBay for $178.00 and is a Carbon Fiber #8 Product.
Enjoy!

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Feb 26, 2013 21:38:30   #
RocketScientist Loc: Littleton, Colorado
 
Julian wrote:
I just received my Opteka GH1 head today. I must say I was disappointed with the quality of the unit: somewhat stiff and binding in places but a little bit of silicon lubricant seem to have helped; this is my first impression but I will give it chance and see how it works before sending it back. Can't beat the price if it works.


MT Shooter's "Slight modification" was to dis-assemble, clean, deburr, re lube and re-assemble. Not a hard job IMO. If mine ever shows up, that is what will happen first.

http://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-86803-1.html#1469081

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Feb 27, 2013 02:28:35   #
James Parrish Loc: Folsom, California
 
My GH-1 Gimbal has become more & more fluid, without having to add any extra lube to it. I do know that the other cheaper models are rated for a lower weight load and it is stated as such.

However, if you can make it work for you great! My is working better each day. There is a year warranty on this Gimbal so I really do not feel I need to do much more to it at the moment.

Let us know if you can take yours apart as it is suppose to be a sealed unit.

Enjoy your Gimbal!

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Feb 27, 2013 07:11:08   #
Julian Loc: Sarasota, FL
 
James Parrish wrote:
Do Not Get Set to Give it up!
I called the distributor before I bought mine as was told it would be stiff to start out with. However, I have had mine a few weeks now and it has become a lot easier to use. I have used a Wimberly and it is not a $600.00 or $594.00 unit from ADORAMA. But for the $150.00 it's just fine. Put the rest of your cash into a Carbon Fiber Tripod or better glass. The more you use it the more it will get that smooth turn & swing. It is a sealed unit like the Wimberly just not built with the same components. If your looking for a cost effective Tripod look at the WeiFeng FT 575T Retails for $238.00 and sells on eBay for $178.00 and is a Carbon Fiber #8 Product.
Enjoy!
Do Not Get Set to Give it up! br I called the dist... (show quote)


Thanks for your input. I am not giving up yet; I am willing to try it longer. Just on the second day of working it and "excercising" it, it seems much smoother. We'll see.

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Feb 27, 2013 12:26:30   #
James Parrish Loc: Folsom, California
 
Good for you! Think about how it should be on the 3rd week.

Your going to love how it pans moving birds and animals.

ENJOY,

Jim

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