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: 03 Benro GH1 Gimbal Head

Best gimbal head: 03 Benro GH1 Gimbal Head

Price: £230, $360
Only a little heavier than the Benro GHA, at 710g, the GH1 is a full-blown gimbal head that mounts directly onto a tripod and gives full pan and tilt functions.

Curiously, however, despite much of the construction looking identical to the GHA, the GH1 has a lower maximum load rating of 12kg.

The purchase price is virtually identical to the GHA plus a Benro BRN2 ball head. What you lose in the versatility of having a ball head that you can use separately, you gain in stability.

Unwanted flexing is noticeably reduced when using the GH1. However, as with the GHA, the L-shaped design means the lenses must be side-mounted, which puts extra stress on the quick-release mechanism.

Verdict

Pros… Control arm can be useful when shooting video; mounts directly onto tripod.
Cons… Pan and tilt functions could be a little smoother.
WE say… A better buy than the Benro GHA, with less flexing, but it’s not outstanding.

Score: 3/5

PAGE 1 – Best gimbal head: 01 Benro GHA Gimbal Head
PAGE 2 – Best gimbal head: 02 Manfrotto 393 Long Lens Monopod Bracket
PAGE 3 – Best gimbal head: 03 Benro GH1 Gimbal Head
PAGE 4 – Best gimbal head: 04 Triopo DG-3 Gimbal Head
PAGE 5 – Best gimbal head: 05 Wimberley WH-200 Mk II
PAGE 6 – Best gimbal head: 06 Custom Brackets Gimbal LS Head
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