Five things to look for when choosing a gimbal head
If you want to get a head, bearing these things in mind will make finding the right one even easier…
01 Ball bearings
Most good quality gimbal heads use ball bearings to ensure smooth action of both pan and tilt functions. This can make even the heaviest lenses very easy to manoeuvre precisely.
02 On a plate
Arca-Swiss-style quick-release platforms are often used in gimbal heads. A ‘universal’ mounting plate may come with the head, or you might need to buy one that’s tailored to your lens.
Gimbal heads usually fasten to a tripod via a 3/8in mounting socket. If your tripod has a smaller, 1/4in stud, you’ll need to use an additional 3/8-to-1/4in adaptor.
04 On the level
Many tripods feature bubble levels or spirit levels, which can help when shooting on uneven terrain.
05 Safety first
Even when using a gimbal head, it’s a good idea to wear a neck strap attached to the camera or lens when shooting to avoid an expensive accident.
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