Best gimbal head: we review 6 top models to see which is best for your large lenses

Best gimbal head: we review 6 top models to see which is best for your large lenses

Best gimbal head: 02 Manfrotto 393 Long Lens Monopod Bracket

Best gimbal head: 02 Manfrotto 393 Long Lens Monopod Bracket

Price: £130, $175
This isn’t a gimbal head but, instead, operates as a jointed bracket. Despite its relatively basic design, it weighs 1.6kg and has a hefty maximum load rating of 20kg.

The bracket is based on two U-shaped supports, the inner one rotating within the outer one. Three operating heights are available and you can even hang the lens from the inner support.

Panning and tilting are both reasonably smooth. The bracket is primarily intended for use with a monopod but works equally well with a tripod. It’s not as sophisticated or as smooth-acting as the best gimbal heads, but it’s a good budget alternative.

Verdict

Pros… Simple design, includes Arca-Swiss-style quick-release mount and ‘universal’ plate.
Cons… Pan and tilt aren’t as smooth as with the best heads.
WE say… Not as sophisticated as the top-money gimbal heads but it’s a good budget alternative.

Score: 3/5

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PAGE 2 – Best gimbal head: 02 Manfrotto 393 Long Lens Monopod Bracket
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