Gimbal Type Tripod Heads

Gimbal tripod heads are single-axis heads used in order to allow a balanced movement for camera and lenses. This proves useful in wildlife photography as well as in any other case where very long and heavy telephoto lenses are adopted: a gimbal head rotates a lens around its center of gravity, thus allowing for easy and smooth manipulation while tracking moving subjects.

INDURO GHB2 Gimbal Head

The INDURO GHB2 Gimbal Head is ideal for photography involving long, heavy telephoto lenses--in sports or nature photography, for instance. Working with a long lens on a standard ballhead or tilt head can be a real struggle, distracting you from the photography. The gimbal head makes the camera and lens seem almost weightless, with vertical and horizontal tracking of moving objects becoming relatively simple--a feat not possible with any other support system. An Arca-Swiss-compatible quick-release plate is included. Fits size 3 and 4 tripods. $489.00

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Jobu Design BWG-J2 Black Widow Jr. 2 Gimbal Tripod HeadJobu Design BWG-J2 Black Widow Jr. 2 Gimbal Tripod Head with HM-J2 Bracket. The Jobu Design BWG-J2 Black Widow Jr. 2 Gimbal Tripod Head with HM-J2 Bracket is a gimbal-type tripod head that allows the entire weight of the camera and lens combination to be hung rather than balanced.

This gimbal design allows the camera to be side-mounted rather than to be placed on top of a ball head. This is especially useful for larger telephoto lenses or spotting scopes. This way the lens can rotate around its center of gravity, dramatically improving handling and vibration dampening.

The Jr. 2 is useful for small-to-medium telephoto zoom lenses with a rotating tripod collar, such as: 100-400mm f/4 lens, 70-200mm f/2.8, 50-500mm, etc. $249.95.

Kirk KC-1 King Cobra Gimbal Tripod HeadThe Kirk KC-1 King Cobra Gimbal Tripod Head is a gimbal type tripod head that allows the entire weight of the camera and lens combination to be hung rather than balanced. This allows for a camera with even a large telephoto lens attached to it to be literally controlled with one finger. It provides you with smooth gliding control, and allows you to adjust the lens through an infinite range of motion without locking and unlocking the head.

This gimbal design allows the camera to be side mounted rather than to be placed on top of a ball head. This is especially useful for larger telephoto lenses or spotting scopes. This way the lens can rotate around its center of gravity, dramatically improving handling and vibration dampening. $455.00.

Wimberley Head Version II The Wimberley Head Version II offers the same stiffness, capacity, and fluid movement of the old version in a more compact and lightweight package (it is one pound lighter and about two inches shorter). The head’s redesigned panning base has zero play, and the pan locking knob has been moved to the side of the head, thus allowing the user to easily operate both knobs with the same hand. New lobed “soft-touch” knobs provide a more comfortable grip and perform better when using gloves.

In addition to the above improvements, Wimberley has examined all aspects of the head, tightening tolerances, improving friction materials and so forth. Our goal has been to make this head functionally and aesthetically better in every way than the old version and competing products. $594.95.

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