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Gimbal head owners, please help!

 
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Jun 08, 2013 20:02 |  #1

I have a Jobu Junior 3 gimbal head which I have used with both 100-400mm and 70-200mm lens. I just received my 200-400mm f4 lens and, if I believe the Jobu website, http://www.jobu-design.com/Jobu-Jr-3-Deluxe-Kit_p_16.html (external link), I can’t consistently use the Jr3 with that lens.

I used the 500 f4 for comparison purposes as it is about the same weight as the 200-400 but has been out much longer.

It is stated on the Jobu website for the Junior 3:

“This is the lightest, best functioning gimbal head on the market, capable of supporting and balancing a 500F4 and Pro body comfortably. Yes, we still recommend a bigger HD3 or Pro2 gimbal for daily use, but if weight is your primary concern and you are travelling by air extensively, then lighten your load: Get a Jr.3 Deluxe, your back will thank you.”

The recommended working load for the Junior 3 is stated as “3-10lbs (ie 70-200 F2.8, 150-500 zoom, 400 F5.6)” and it is also stated “Maximum gimbals weight limits are for occasional use. Our gimbals are extremely strong, but continually overloading the gimbal will generally cause poor braking performance, extra vibration or unnecessary wear on internal components and will void our manufacturers warranty. The best performance and 'sweet-spot' for continual daily use is our recommended weight column.”

So my question for all you gimbal owners that have 500mm lens is whether any of you use a Jobu Junior 3 with your lens, have you had any issues and have you had to upgrade?? I appreciate all the help!




  
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Jun 08, 2013 23:59 |  #2

I'm pretty confident they are talking about the Nikon 200-400... The only reason to upgrade is to better balance the lens by having the ability to raise/lower the height of the lens like a Jobu Pro or Wimberly head...

The big benefit of upgrading to the Jobu Pro or Wimberly head is that you'll be able to properly balance the lens... You just dropped 11K on a lens get a Wimberly head....


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Jun 09, 2013 11:16 |  #3

FYI, if you do upgrade, I use a Wimberly Mk II combined with a 400 2.8 II. I have used most other options, no brands mentioned! but I have had one completely seize in the middle of an event. The Wimberly Mk II out performed the others by a mile. In particular, the friction adjust is smooth to actuate and very smooth in operation. Good luck!

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Jun 10, 2013 06:17 |  #4

ghost68 wrote in post #16013003 (external link)
The only reason to upgrade is to better balance the lens by having the ability to raise/lower the height of the lens like a Jobu Pro or Wimberly head.

Very true.

When a long lens is properly balanced on a good gimbal (and that means being able to raise/lower the platform) you hardly need a friction knob. The lens will stay in position at any angle.

I've been surprised over the years at just how many people leave their platform at the lowest position, then struggle as their lens tries to swing back down to the horizontal.


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Jun 10, 2013 09:08 as a reply to  @ hollis_f's post |  #5

I've been through Wimberly.... Switched to CUSTOM BRACKETS Gimble... Much better. If you need the space you can take it apart. Also it has a level built in, and a few other features such as fine and coarse drag adjustments. Of course the best part is that it moves on roller bearings and not brass bushings. WAY WAY WAY WAY Smoother....

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