wimberly or jobu

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ranamo Contributing Member • Posts: 998
wimberly or jobu

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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lilredss Contributing Member • Posts: 599
Re: wimberly or jobu

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.

Bob

Oscarroos Senior Member • Posts: 2,914
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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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ranamo OP Contributing Member • Posts: 998
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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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Mark K
Mark K Veteran Member • Posts: 5,278
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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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ranamo OP Contributing Member • Posts: 998
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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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Linda Kay Regular Member • Posts: 398
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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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larrywilson Veteran Member • Posts: 4,860
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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.

Larry

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prasberry New Member • Posts: 17
review of jobu

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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Phil Bishop Regular Member • Posts: 225
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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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ranamo OP Contributing Member • Posts: 998
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Thanks to all for your input so far.
i'm still open for more advice!!

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Richard Costin Regular Member • Posts: 152
Re: wimberly or jobu

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!
Richard Costin.

ranamo wrote:

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

Goodlight
Ranamo

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kphoto2 New Member • Posts: 1
Re: wimberly or jobu

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.

General Toner Regular Member • Posts: 253
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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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General Toner Regular Member • Posts: 253
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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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wazu Senior Member • Posts: 1,371
Re: wimberly or jobu

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.

Goodlight
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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Alton (TN) Senior Member • Posts: 1,092
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I haven't tried the Jobu, but I'm really happy with my Wimberly II.

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Waterengineer Contributing Member • Posts: 874
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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

General Toner Regular Member • Posts: 253
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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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