wimberly or jobu

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ranamo
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wimberly or jobu
Nov 7, 2011

In the near future I plan to buy a 500f4 or 600 f4 lens. I guess I will have to move up to a gimbalhead too. Which one would you pick? The Wimberly full gimbal head, or the Jobu pro2 ??

I have tried both ( briefly at the shop ), and both feel very solid, but the truth comes out with daily use.

I would realy value the opinion of those who use these gimbalheads. Which is best? Or should I consider a third option?

Your thoughts please.

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In reply to ranamo, Nov 7, 2011

I have a 7D and a 500/f4. I have the jobu gimbal head. Have had it for a little over a year and have no problems at all. I shoot wild life and have no problems tracking a bird with it. Now at first I did, there is a learning curve with the gimbal, but after 3 or 4 months of use you can get it down pretty good.

I have never used a Wimberly so I can't really compare the 2, but I am happy with my Jobu.

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In reply to lilredss, Nov 7, 2011

I have never owned, used or even seen a Jobu but can"t imagine anything much better than my Wimberly II.
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In reply to Oscarroos, Nov 7, 2011

Oscarroos wrote:

I have never owned, used or even seen a Jobu but can"t imagine anything much better than my Wimberly II.

You are right: I have never read anything bad about the Wimberly. I can't find any decent revieuws of the Jobu, but there must be lots of users out there.

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In reply to ranamo, Nov 7, 2011

I am about to buy a 500/4 or 600/4 too. I have noticed a huge change of supporting equipment for the past few years. Video fluid heads have virtually replaced gimbal head. They are more from Manffrotto or Sachtler

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And what about the Acratech long lens head?
http://acratech.net/product.php?productid=10
I tried a videohead once, but did not like the damping.

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In reply to ranamo, Nov 8, 2011

I own the whimberley II and it handles my 400/2.8 just great and my tripod is a gitzo 3541 and its a great set up. i can just put it on my shoulder and walk around with lens and all no worries.
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In reply to Linda Kay, Nov 8, 2011

I use a gimbal made by Kirk Interprises, think it is called the "cobra". It has smooth action vertical or horizontal. Large knobs, easy to adjust and good for in flight birds.

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In reply to ranamo, Nov 13, 2011

Canadian photographer and blogger Chris Dodds uses and reviews the Jobu gimbal. Might want to give it a read.
http://naturephotographyblog.squarespace.com/journal/category/equipment

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In reply to ranamo, Nov 16, 2011

The new Wimberly Sidemount is a good option for a 500mm-I have played with one at a show and like it a lot. It may work with a 600 as essentially it is identical in construction to the full size version but lacks the platform.

Interestingly, while writing this and checking the web site, I see that kits are now available to convert one to the other.
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In reply to Phil Bishop, Nov 17, 2011

Thanks to all for your input so far.
i'm still open for more advice!!

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In reply to ranamo, Nov 24, 2011

Hi Ranamo.

I can't speak for Jobu, but I have used Wimberly products (9/10 the sidekick on a kirk ball head) for years and it has never once let me down yet. Very well made bit of kit. Nice and simple yet effective.

Good luck!
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ranamo wrote:

Thanks to all for your input so far.
i'm still open for more advice!!

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In reply to Richard Costin, Jun 18, 2013

I have used the Jobu Pro 2 & chose it over the Gimbal because it uses bearings giving a silky smooth fluid movement. Jobu also boasts superior rigidity.

There are a number of reviews that seem to favor the Jobu over the Gimbal, noted below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBg5igilaD0

Either way you wont go wrong both superb mounts.

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Love my really right stuff full gimbal. I also shoot gigapans & this works well for non-gigapan sized multi-row panoramas when ttaveling 'light'.

This gimbal just makes me want to always shoot wildlife or pano since it's so dang smooth & easy to use.

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Had a thought that some may not realize that RRS makes a sturdy gimbal so figured would shoot an image to show that it can support some serious weight on it.

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In reply to ranamo, Jun 21, 2013

ranamo wrote:

In the near future I plan to buy a 500f4 or 600 f4 lens. I guess I will have to move up to a gimbalhead too. Which one would you pick? The Wimberly full gimbal head, or the Jobu pro2 ??

I have tried both ( briefly at the shop ), and both feel very solid, but the truth comes out with daily use.

I would realy value the opinion of those who use these gimbalheads. Which is best? Or should I consider a third option?

Your thoughts please.

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Ranamo

There are gimbals that fold up which may be beneficial for the compactness if you want to keep as small a bag as possible. Benro has pne that is called the BG2 or something similar. Wimberly exudes quality and will last a lifetime with service at least on a par with RRS. If you are hard on your gear it may be a point worth considering. How good is the service from Jobu or other Wimberly knock-offs. Maybe it doesn't matter if only occasionally are out in harsh conditions slinging a 5kg DSLR and lens on you tripod and gimbal/fluid head.

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In reply to ranamo, Jun 22, 2013

I haven't tried the Jobu, but I'm really happy with my Wimberly II.

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In reply to Alton (TN), Jun 23, 2013

I'm not a big fan of gimbals so I went with the monster ball head instead.

reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=BH-55-LR&type=3&eq=&desc=BH-55-LR%3a-Full-sized-ballhead-with-LR&key=it

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Was switching between the BH-55 and the gimbal yesterday as was going between long lens & wide angle. I Tried being lazy and using BH-55 with long lens and HATED it. Love the ballhead for short, however I feel it's a pita with longer lenses.

BH-55 will handle GoPro nearly as well as the gimbal.

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