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Gets The Job Done
on June 7, 2012
This gimbal mount is not too bad IMO. FYI, a gimbal head is designed for lenses that have their own tripod shoe and won't really work for mounting directly to the camera. It seems to be built pretty solid and does accomplish what it's designed for doing. These style of gimbal mounts are much more compact and lighter weight that the more complete mounts that only require a tripod. A gimbal mount gives much more control and stability to heavy lens and camera combinations. Especially using large telephoto (super-telephoto) lenses while shooting wildlife or fast moving subjects.
This Induro head, like others of this style, can actually fit in my camera bag allowing me to carry the tripod and ball head separately. This allows a much more compact carrying experience and allows me to use the ball head for non-gimbal use with regular camera/lens combinations.
Using a 500mm Sigma lens and a DSLR with battery grip, this head seemed to handle the weight just fine. It was, however, slightly less than smooth when pivoting the camera up and down. The locking knob of the gimbal pivot was also a little weird and tended to be either fully locked or unlocked. It does not easily allow slight tension to be placed on the pivot.
Lastly, I could not tilt the camera up all the way without hitting the locking knob of my ball head. This could be a simple flaw in my specific ball head design, and was easily solved by pivoting the gimbal head back slightly from perfect vertical position. This would not be any issue if I did not have the battery grip on my camera.
I would like to try Wimberley's version of this style of gimbal for a comparison. It appears to only be ~$50 more expensive but may work better?
Handles heavy loads and secured lens and camera very well
Compact and easily removed for transport
Locking knob worked best for fully locked or unlocked position only
Smoothness of pivot was a little lacking