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: 04 Triopo DG-3 Gimbal Head

Best gimbal head: 04 Triopo DG-3 Gimbal Head

Price: £200, $230
A more conventional gimbal design than either of the Benro heads, the DG-3 works in essentially the same way as the Custom Brackets and Wimberley heads. The lens attaches with its tripod foot pointing downwards.

You’d usually use the mounting plate at the bottom of its travel, but it can be raised and locked in place to allow greater tilt angles.

Overall construction is reasonably sturdy, with an overall weight of 1.4kg and a maximum load rating of 10kg. However, the tilt facility is very stiff in operation.

By stark contrast, if the locking screw on the lens’s quick-release mechanism is slackened off by just a very small amount, it can literally fall out altogether.

Verdict

Pros… Competitively priced, feels solid in operation.
Cons… Tilt function is very stiff, quick-release mechanism is poorly designed.
WE say… With a couple of tweaks in its design, this would be a great value buy.

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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