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11-26-2015, 05:51 PM   #1
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Stack height of gimbal mount

How much distance is there between the top of your tripod and the camera eyepiece when mounted on a gimbal?

I am trying to work out exactly what I need.

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11-26-2015, 06:08 PM   #2
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wouldn't that depend upon which gimbal you're taking about?
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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
wouldn't that depend upon which gimbal you're taking about?
Well, I guess. Presently looking at several. Dimensions are often difficult to compare. I thought seeing several responses would give me some average to work from.
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The height is variable depending on the weight of the lens (heavier lenses will be lower), but on mine at the lowest setting the clamp is about 9cm from the base. And it can be raised up to 8cm more. (That's just the clamp on the gimbal -- you'll have to figure out how high the eyepiece is from the plate on your lens foot). I have a "Movo" gimbal which is a Wimberley knockoff...

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Final clearance will also depend if you have the battery grip attached.
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About 9.25" with DA150-450. This is on a JOBU Jr3.
http://bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=682023&Q=&A=details
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QuoteOriginally posted by jbinpg Quote
Final clearance will also depend if you have the battery grip attached.
If you're using a gimbal, except in special cases your base is the lens foot, not the camera base. So what is attached to the top or the bottom of the body doesn't matter as it is just hanging in air. (If you point it nearly straight up I guess it could get in the way, hit a leg maybe.)

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Yes, when used for astro work, the grip can indeed get in the way for high elevation targets.
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Okay. I obviously did not give enough info with my initial query.

I have a K-5 IIs without a battery grip. It will be used with a Sigma 150-500 zoom with a mounting foot. I will be using this mainly for birds.

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I measured this for you on my Wimberley:

From the top of my tripod to the top of the lens clamp is 5 and 1/4 inches when The height of the lens clamp is set to balance my K3II with the Sigma 150-500. Add the depth of your lens plate to where it slides into the clamp (mine measures 3/8 inch). Then add your measurement from the bottom of the Sigma lens foot to your eyepiece and you should be good to go.

Though different weight cameras will balance differently on the Wimberley, resulting in a different height on the arm, it's likely not much of a difference. My K50 vs the K3II barely moves it, if at all.

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---------- Post added 11-27-15 at 02:35 PM ----------

Btw, I use the Manfrotto 055 series tripods and find this one to be more than adequate for the setup we're discussing. With my usual leg angle setup, it's 54 inches to the top of the tripod. Add all of those measurements above and it's plenty tall for me. At 5'6", I never have to raise the center post and, more often, have to lower the legs.

I would definitely use a 3-section tripod, not 4, to increase stability with this rig.

Here's the tripod, cheaper online prices available:

Manfrotto 055 XPRO3
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It shouldn't matter what the gimbal height is. What matters more is your tripod height without the center column needing to be raised or raised very little.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Oldbayrunner Quote
It shouldn't matter what the gimbal height is. What matters more is your tripod height without the center column needing to be raised or raised very little.
It did make a difference for me when I was deciding what tripod to get for this setup. The gimbal added just enough extra height to reassure me that quick opening this tripod would position it at or above eye level without using the center post. YMMV.
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Kath - Thanks for the measurements. This is exactly the info I was looking for.

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QuoteOriginally posted by AggieDad Quote
Kath - Thanks for the measurements. This is exactly the info I was looking for.

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You're very welcome, Don. Good luck with your setup.

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