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Old 03-02-2014   #1
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You are going to buy a new Tripopd Head. You do mostly Wildlife and Bird Photography.. Which one do you pick, Gimbal or Ball Head..??

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I pick the one most suited for the lens being used.
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Gimbal head.

I like the Really Right Stuff and Wimberley II full gimbal heads.

The RRS gimbal head is somewhat easier to point up into the sky for birds high above you, especially with huge lenses like a 600mm. The Wimberley head is no slouch though, and somewhat lighter than the RRS.

Combine with the Really Right Stuff "Long Lens Support Package" for a winning rig for long glass and wildlife and bird photography.
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You are going to buy a new Tripopd Head. You do mostly Wildlife and Bird Photography.. Which one do you pick, Gimbal or Ball Head..??
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A gimbal head is useful to keep the camera level if you have the time to set it up and play with the adjustments. A ball head with a quick release leaves a lot less to deal with when you're shooting action like birds and wildlife in motion. The ballhead, IMO allows you the freedom to concentrate on your photography rather than the equipment.
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A gimbal head is useful to keep the camera level if you have the time to set it up and play with the adjustments. A ball head with a quick release leaves a lot less to deal with when you're shooting action like birds and wildlife in motion. The ballhead, IMO allows you the freedom to concentrate on your photography rather than the equipment.
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I'm not sure what you mean Mark. My Wimberly gimbal head is on the tripod, I merely clamp the lens in and shoot. There is no setup, there are no adjustments.
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If you are using long glass then to for a gimbal. I have the Wimberley II and love it. If you make sure that your lens foot mount is a long one you can quickly balance the lens in the QR. At that point it only takes finger pressure to move the lens up or down as needed.
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A gimbal head is useful to keep the camera level if you have the time to set it up and play with the adjustments. A ball head with a quick release leaves a lot less to deal with when you're shooting action like birds and wildlife in motion. The ballhead, IMO allows you the freedom to concentrate on your photography rather than the equipment.
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I think you've got it backwards here. A long lens on a ballhead is a serious pain to use compared to a gimbal. Properly balanced on a gimbal it takes next to no effort to move the camera and lens yet it will stay where you point it (roughly). You don't have to fight to balance it and keep the lens from flopping around while tracking subjects.

A video from lens rentals comparing a ballhead to a gimbal:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pY1VT8jaEA


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