When is a gimbal head typically used?

1 year 8 months ago #601190 by Rick Larin
One other question I meant to ask earlier, is when or what size lens do you find using a gimbal head useful and beneficial?  Is there a focal length where the benefits start to shine? 


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1 year 8 months ago - 1 year 8 months ago #601198 by Nikon Shooter

Rick Larin wrote: …when or what size lens do you find using a gimbal head useful and beneficial? 

Rick Larin wrote: Is there a focal length where the benefits start to shine? 

I don't use a gimbal under 300mm nor for subjects to be followed
in wide pan movements — like at a race track with car and bikes, or
horses … and even planes.

I will use the gimbal for wildlife with both my 200~400mm ƒ4 and
my 600mm ƒ4 — without centre column (never with a gimbal!).

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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1 year 8 months ago #601200 by Victor.E
300mm+


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1 year 8 months ago #601207 by ThatNikonGuy
What's funny is that it's late right now and I really should be sleeping.  So when I read your post, I thought you were asking about gimbals that are used for shooting stable video.  For which I use a EVO Rage and it's awesome.  I was also going to give you a wise a$$ answer for when you need to use one of these.  

Now seeing that you are speaking about gimbal HEADS, then yes, very handy when you get into any sort of heavier glass.  For me longer zooms or 300mm+ for.  Check out the Oben GH-30 if you haven't bought one yet. It's pricey, but it's well made. 


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1 year 8 months ago #601243 by effron
Yup, heavier glass begs a gimbal head.....

Why so serious?
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1 year 8 months ago #601319 by Pettigrew
For me, it's pretty much anything over my 70-200mm.  Sometimes I'll use my gimbal when I have my 70-200mm getting used with teleconverter.  

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1 year 8 months ago #603269 by valokoparo4545
The gimbal is a tripod head designed for fluid movement so you can easily track your wildlife subjects. It has a control knob that allows you to pan up down, another knob to pan left and right, and a third to control the tension of your motion.


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