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Apr 12, 2014 02:51 |  #1

Here is a question for everyone. I am trying to figure out if I should buy a Gimbal Head or whether I should just buy the Acratech GP Ball-head with the Gimbal head feature. The only telephoto lens I plan on using once I save up the money is the Tamron 150-600. I know that Gimbal heads are definitely easier than ball-heads when you have a big telephoto lens like a Canon 500mm on it and can handle the weight, but the Tamron only weighs 4.3 pounds.

Let me know what you think.

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FYI, Yes I know I spelled Tamron wrong.




  
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Apr 12, 2014 06:25 |  #2

If you have any questions about how the Acratech GP-S works with this lens, just ask. Have taken over 2,000 photos with this combo and could not be happier. The gimbal is just fantastic, even with a gripped camera. The snow shot was at ISO 10,000, 1/30, 600mm panning with a 35MPH headwind. One thing that I would splurge for is their lever lock. It works very well and is nice to know that the plate is "locked" in. I really like the gimbal being built into the ball head and not having to have a separate part.


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Apr 12, 2014 06:49 |  #3

I also have the acratech ultimate ball head with locking lever. My "blind" partner was using it with a 100-400. I have spoken with Scott at Acratech and he verified that the Tamron 150-600 lens would be no problem for any of their ball heads in the gimbal position.


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Apr 12, 2014 10:25 |  #4

You know the answer already, as only you know if you can hand hold your camera body and lens, for long periods of time.

Heres a link to a very good Kimbal head. Follow the video instructions of one of the owners of the Kimbal head, and you will be all set..at a very economical price. Just go to reviews to see video. I own one and could not be happier.

http://www.amazon.com …words=optitek+g​imbal+head (external link)


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Apr 12, 2014 10:39 |  #5

shamlyn wrote in post #16827827 (external link)
Here is a question for everyone. I am trying to figure out if I should buy a Gimbal Head or whether I should just buy the Acratech GP Ball-head with the Gimbal head feature. The only telephoto lens I plan on using once I save up the money is the Tamron 150-600. I know that Gimbal heads are definitely easier than ball-heads when you have a big telephoto lens like a Canon 500mm on it and can handle the weight, but the Tamron only weighs 4.3 pounds.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks

FYI, Yes I know I spelled Tamron wrong.

I have a Mongoose gimbal head which I use with the big Tamron, and it works really really well. There are less expensive alternatives: http://www.amazon.com …YJP&coliid=I2S0​1F9U35X0UB (external link) which is a rebranded Opteka see here: http://www.amazon.com …fRID=1BRDHA2RFK​RX52EX8G7X (external link)

Anyone of these gimbals will work well with the Tamron.

The Acratech GP-S is a great head and in a pinch can serve as a gimbal. It's expensive, but if you need both then maybe not. The drawback for me, is the fact the camera and lens is offset to one side, making the rig less stable. Ensuring that a leg is under the camera and lens will eliminate that issue.


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Apr 13, 2014 00:45 |  #6

Count another vote for the Acratech. If you can justify the extra $$ for the Acratech over an entry level gimbal then the Acratech will work well for you.
Acratech is silky smooth - cannot say the same for the Opteka GH1 recommended above which I found to be clunky (ended up exchanging for a bigger Manfrotto Gimbal).
The Tamron is not a heavy lens. Though I am still on the waiting list for my 150-600mm - First place I will be mounting it is on my Acratech - While a gimbal will work - the Acratech will offer so much more flexibility.


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