Whether you’re a serious enthusiast or professional in search of the best wildlife photos, you need a dependable, smoothly operating tripod head. You want one that supports a long lens, reacts as quickly as you do to a momentary image opportunity and is both rugged enough for adverse shooting environments and compact and lightweight for traveling.
Just such a combination of benefits is found in the Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Head from Jobu Design.
Read real customer reviews of the Jobu Jr. 3 Gimbal Head here.
1. The gimbal head is usually the first choice of experienced wildlife photographers. They like its reliable steadiness and how well it balances a camera and lens, even when moving the set-up to follow and capture the fast action of wilderness creatures. Photographers, who use a gimbal head, understand quickly why it is superior to a ball head, for example. With a ball head, you often find yourself fiddling with the loosening and tightening mechanism as you try to keep moving subjects in the viewfinder. It’s easy to leave a ball head loose with all those adjustments, which could topple the tripod. Jobu Design’s Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal eliminates all that fiddling, so you can spend more time finding and photographing great wildlife images.
2. The pursuit of the best wildlife photography will require that you travel to the places where the animals live. Equipment space and weight is a critical element of packing for any photography trip. Who wants to pay for that extra weight? Many photographers rely on the Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal because it weighs half of many heavy-duty gimbal heads, 1.4 lbs. compared to 3 lbs., and is almost half the size, with a smaller footprint when folded. The Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Head is a tangible symbol of less is more!
3. Although Jobu Design’s Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal is compact and very lightweight, given its rugged dependability, it will easily support many camera/telephoto lens combinations to a total of 10 lbs. Jobu recommends 70mm–200mm f/2.8–f/4, 300mm f/2.8–f/4, 100mm–400mm,150mm–500mm, 400mm f/5.6, 400mm DO and similar focal lengths. The Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Head will also accommodate a 500mm f/4 lens when used sparingly.
4. The Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal is capable of such equipment support because of how it is designed and constructed. The body is a single, hollow unit that is cast and heat treated, giving it maximum stiffness for a head with these small dimensions. The people at Jobu Design have created the Jobu Jr.3 to be a significant improvement of the older Jr.2 version. Needle roller bearings are the primary contributors of the head’s smooth operation, even with the heaviest lens. In addition, the lockout force is twice that of the Jr.2. The control knobs are thoroughly rubberized, so your grip is always sure, regardless of the weather conditions. Jobu has also designed the swing arm to be removable, so there is no impediment to camera movement.
5. Wildlife photographers who have benefited from shooting with the Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Head are just as quick to tell you how well Jobu Design serves its customers with sales and technical support.
Jobu Design’s Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Head is available in a kit, which includes an Arca-Swiss compatible quick release and a standard 3/8” tripod mount. It can be ordered from this page on the Jobu Web site for $349 (CAD): http://www.jobu-design.com
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