Jobu Jnr or Jobu PRO2 Gimbal for 80-400mmG on D800 ?

Started Apr 3, 2014 | Discussions thread
Dr Bob
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Re: Jobu Jnr or Jobu PRO2 Gimbal for 80-400mmG on D800 ?

exRhodesian wrote:


Thanks for your feedback & advice.

If I were to only buy one item then it would be the gimbal as , as has been mentioned, there's nothing wrong with my 055 tripod ( also have the 075 geared tripod ) just that it, together with my old solid 029 3-way head, is heavy to carry so I was considering the carbon gitzo 5 series.

With the feedback on the Pro-2 being rather bulky for the 80-400mm then I may consider the Jobu MKIII Gimbal which they also have.

Another way that I'm trying to prevent camera shake is by not pressing the shutter manually but rather by using either the cable-shutter or a remote shutter ( use the Phottix Stratos II ) which is excellent, Many of my shots using the 80-400mm were not sharp and others pointed out that it looks like a bit of camera shake. I then realised that it was myself pressing the shutter release and so decided to start using the cable-release which I now do.

The PRO-2 gimbal head should be arriving at the dealer this aftenoon from from his Cape Town office . I'll decide on which gimbal to take and whether to go for the 5542ls.



Adrian, I know what you are saying about the weight, and the gimbal head adds to the weight - so good reason to get a lighter tripod.

I am surprised your remote shutter release is helping. With the longer telephotos, a 'long lens' technique is the norm - which uses your face against the view finder and your right hand supporting the body as the release is pressed. If your right hand is off the body pressing the remote, you lose this dampening (this assumes your left hand is dampening the lens - either on top, underneath or on the collar - depending on who you listen to).

What shutter speeds are you having problems with?

I know from a few earlier threads you posted in, you asked about collars and feet. Not sure if you upgraded. I said in my earlier post, that I had no problems with stability on the 80-400g but that was not entirely true. For 99.9% of my shots it is true but I did try one night to do some shots of the moon, with ss around 1/250. All were pretty poor despite all efforts at a good long lens technique. The problem was certainly the flexibility of the collar and foot allowing vibration down the lens and back. It's not a problem with birds as the ss is always 1/500+ so I have not bothered with the replacement foot. Perhaps the Kirk foot is your answer.

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