ProMediaGear Katana Pro gimbal tripod head review

The ProMediaGear Katana is a speciality tripod head for serious wildlife photographers and makes a super-telephoto lens a breeze to use

PromediaGear GK Katana
(Image: © Jamie Carter)

Digital Camera World Verdict

If you’re serious about wildlife photography then you'll be tempted by a super-telephoto lens, but likely put off by their weight. This superbly crafted two-part gimbal head supports 600mm+ lenses and makes them easy to to use for long periods without a ball head in sight.


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    Easy to set-up

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    Strong and stable

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    Smooth pan and tilt

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    Excellent build quality

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    Custom friction control


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    Heavy to carry

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    Very expensive

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    Overkill for most photographers

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The ProMediaGear Katana is one for the professionals. It’s a speciality gimbal head for a tripod that makes it possible to track a moving subject – chiefly a bird in flight – without making any physical effort. It’s designed for 600mm to 1200mm super-telephoto lenses so can take a heck of a weight – up to a whopping 68kg/150lbs, in fact – and its build quality is therefore about as solid as it gets. 

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.