juanpafer wrote in post #18550376
I am interested in this type of very light side mount gimbals (Mongoose and LensMaster) but do not know if I will regret it and should go with a full gimbal . . .
johnf3f wrote in post #18551276
I am not a fan of side mounting on heavy/long lenses.
Secondly there is no adjustment for vertical balance - you know the one most people forget about! When both the horizontal and vertical balance are set the lens will stay put at any available angle with no tension on the pivots. A full Gimbal is the better solution in my experience here.
ShadowHillsPhoto wrote in post #18551632
I personally use a Wimberley with my 600mm IS II (and a 500mm v1 before that) . . .
I'm not a huge fan of sidemounts and I don't like the cradle they offer (no vertical adjustment), otherwise I would consider one.
I have to side with John and Shadow Hills, inasmuch as gimbal preferences are concerned.
I use a Wimberley 2 for all of my Gimbal needs. . I have a Wimberley 1, but it is not machined to close tolerances like the v2 is, and I only have it as a desperation backup (should the need ever arise).
I seem to use every last bit of balance and versatility that can possibly be wrought from my Wimberley .... not to mention the ease and speed of mounting a big heavy lens to it. . When you take your big lens off of the tripod, and put it back on the tripod, literally dozens of times every day, that actually makes a big difference.
I can't imagine trying to make due with less adjustment versatility, nor with more vulnerable balancing. . What the Wimberley costs in terms of dollars and weight, it more than makes up for with its ultra-fine tension adjustments, its balance, and it's adjustability. . After seeing people use side-mount gimbals, I can't even imagine trying to use one myself, especially after I've been "spoiled" with the Wimberley v2.
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