Jay Ryser

Lakewood, United States

I’m primarily a nature photographer, usually wildlife, and I have lots of access to wildlife in Colorado. My main goal is to capture some...

Here's To The Gimbal Head

I just received my new Wimberely Sidekick, and adapter arm that turns tripods ball head into a gimbal head. And let me just saw WOW!

Using a big, heavy lens (in my case, a 300mm f/2.8) on top of a ball head is an exercise in balance. The center of gravity with just a ball head is very top-heavy, always threatening to have the front of the lens crash into the tripod if your attention or motor skills lag for a second.

Not with a gimbal head. The center of gravity is much lower, and the lens balances perfectly. I can move the lens/camera with one finger, and when I stop moving it, the lens/camera stays put. No more awkward fine adjustments or balancing the lens just so. It makes aiming the lens almost effortless.

How did I ever survive without one until now?

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