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09-04-2015, 10:40 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Wimberley = Wow!

Certainly not news to those who own one, or maybe even to those who've read all the reviews on this, but I finally bit the bullet and got the Wimberley WH200 and I am blown away. I've owned all manner of simple heads, video heads, ball heads... And though I find ball heads very useful for landscape with a wide prime or a small zoom, I definitely invented some new curse words when trying to balance a long lens on them. And forget about birds in flight! There is nothing quite so "exciting" as feeling your expensive lens and camera careening toward the streambed because the tension on the ball head just gave way.

So I thought I would share with you the unboxing and mounting of the Wimberley on a K3ii/Sigma150-500 combo, Manfrotto legs, in case someone here would like to see it.

BTW, if you're like me, you'll want to mess with your new toy without taking the time to read directions. So, in the first set of photos, I mounted the P50 lens plate backwards on purpose, thinking it would otherwise interfere with the camera's ability to point straight up. Well, it turns out that, in the process of balancing the rig, you move the lens platform farther up the arm (per the instructions ) which allows the camera to rotate 360 degrees on the arm. The last two photos show the lens plate reversed to a more normal position.

Let me just say that the Wimberley is a thing of beauty. It is solid, accurate, perfectly made, and easy to use. And, a plus for me, made in America by a father-son team in Virginia. . Once mounted on my tripod and balanced according to instructions (it's easy), you can't believe the genius of this thing. It's designed to hold the camera/lens combo exactly where you put it, without having to mess around with various knobs. Go ahead, put it at any angle and it's there, no knob tightening needed.

I am so looking forward to using this for birds in flight. I can't count how many shots I've deleted from chasing acrobatic river birds and finding just tails in the frame.

I'll post some photos in a few weeks when I've given the Wimberley a workout. In the meantime, I've posted photos below of the setup. And, if you're on the fence about whether this gimbal is as good as they say, it is. Your partners/spouses/girlfriends/boyfriends/kids have just a little over three months to save up for this for Christmas. I would print out an ad and leave it on the kitchen table this weekend.

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Parts. You need to order a lens plate that matches your lens.
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Loosen the lens collar and turn for portrait mode.
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Impressive rig!!! Congratulations. Be sure to share your photos soon.
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That is one serious looking piece of kit, and really looks great with your camera and lens. The main thing is the stability and ease of movement, and no doubt it provides all of this in the best possible way. Thanks for showing!
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