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'Wimberley' Gimbal - mount on a Center Column ?

 
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Dec 17, 2005 02:00 |  #1

I'm seeking advise from somebody who actually done this:
From the pic below it can be seen that the Wimberley Head is normally mounted on the Tripod Legs directly ! - as so:


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Can the the "Wimberley" Gimbal head be mounted on top a Center Column alike the below "Gitzo G-1518" ?


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Dec 17, 2005 12:19 |  #2

roli_bark wrote:
I'm seeking advise from somebody who actually done this:
Can the the "Wimberley" Gimbal head be mounted on a Center Column ?

From the pic below it can be seen that it is mounted on the Tripod Legs directly !

Yes it can ... I have one mounted on the centre column of a Manfrotto 441.

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Dec 17, 2005 13:07 as a reply to  @ jimtfoto's post |  #3

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Yes it can ... I have one mounted on the centre column of a Manfrotto 441.

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Thanks ! Does this need any extra hardware (special screws, washers...etc...) ?




  
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Dec 17, 2005 13:09 as a reply to  @ roli_bark's post |  #4

I didn't need anything extra, it just screws into the mounting screw. The 441 has a couple of smaller screws that then mount under the centre column's head.

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Dec 18, 2005 01:21 as a reply to  @ jimtfoto's post |  #5

jimtfoto wrote:
I didn't need anything extra, it just screws into the mounting screw. The 441 has a couple of smaller screws that then mount under the centre column's head.

cheers,
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Thanks. And 1 last question.
Can the Center Column itself be tilted (with the Wimberley on it) at angles less than 90 degrees, while still having the Wimberley Head balance at center-of-gravity ?




  
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Dec 18, 2005 10:36 as a reply to  @ roli_bark's post |  #6

The centre column on my tripod is also designed to be used at a 90-degree angle, although I've never had any use for it. I guess the Wimberley, by the very nature of its design, would rotate to any needed position. Remember that it's a pretty weighty piece of equipment.

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Dec 18, 2005 11:00 |  #7

Thanks Jim - you've been of great help !




  
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Dec 18, 2005 11:01 as a reply to  @ roli_bark's post |  #8

My pleasure.

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Dec 18, 2005 11:07 as a reply to  @ jimtfoto's post |  #9

Actually, I've found it to be handy. I usually prefer to set height by adjusting the tripod legs, but when I find it a couple inches too low and I'm in a hurry (or being lazy), I'll crank up the center column.


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Dec 18, 2005 11:22 as a reply to  @ jimtfoto's post |  #10

jimtfoto wrote:
My pleasure.

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Actually, Jim, the new model (WH-200) which is supposed to be starting shipping this week, is 1 whole lb less in weight than the current Wimberley Full model !!! (3.1 lb vs. the current 4.1 lb)

See here: http://www.tripodhead.​com …erley-version-2-press.cfm (external link)




  
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Dec 18, 2005 11:24 as a reply to  @ Belmondo's post |  #11

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Actually, I've found it to be handy. I usually prefer to set height by adjusting the tripod legs, but when I find it a couple inches too low and I'm in a hurry (or being lazy), I'll crank up the center column.

Belmondo - can you tilt your Center Column into angles (slops relative to the Legs Base level) in between 0 to 90 ? Or just into either Perpendicular or Lateral angle ?

Can the Gitzo G-1518 Center Column be cranked in ANY angle ?




  
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Dec 18, 2005 11:28 as a reply to  @ roli_bark's post |  #12

I didn't realize they had redesigned it. The new arrangement looks good. Sometimes it's a nuisance squeezing my hand in to loosen/tighten the knob underneath the clamp.


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Dec 18, 2005 11:31 as a reply to  @ Belmondo's post |  #13

belmondo wrote:
I didn't realize they had redesigned it. The new arrangement looks good. Sometimes it's a nuisance squeezing my hand in to loosen/tighten the knob underneath the clamp.

Yes - the new design has 3 main features:
1. A quick-release which is part of the molding (saving 1 lb in weight !)
2. A side PAN knob - easier operation
3. Tighter tolerances

However - $30 more expensive....for a total of $595 ... sigh ....




  
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Dec 18, 2005 11:32 as a reply to  @ roli_bark's post |  #14

roli_bark wrote:
Belmondo - can you tilt your Center Column into angles (slops relative to the Legs Base level) in between 0 to 90 ? Or just into either Perpendicular or Lateral angle ?

Can the Gitzo G-1518 Center Column be cranked in ANY angle ?

No. On my tripod, the center column is in a fixed orientation relative to the tripod head. I don't see this as a problem, though.

I don't know the answer to your second question, but looking at the pictures, it doesn't appear to have the self-leveling hardware, or anything that would allow you to tilt it.


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Dec 18, 2005 11:35 as a reply to  @ roli_bark's post |  #15

roli_bark wrote:
Yes - the new design has 3 main features:
1. A quick-release which is part of the molding (saving 1 lb in weight !)
2. A side PAN knob - easier operation
3. Tighter tolerances

However - $30 more expensive....for a total of $595 ... sigh ....

I'm very happy with my 'old' one. To me, it's a work of art. The beauty of the basic design, and I'm sure this is true of the new ones too, is that one you balance your camera/lens, you can put in in almost any position, and with just a little friction dialed in, it will stay in that position. I rarely have to tighten the tilt know down all the way.


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