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10-10-2019, 02:29 PM   #16
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I have had no problem using my K 3 or K 3 II with the HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW with a ball head

I put the tripod foot of the zoom on a acra swiss plate to mount it onto the ballhead

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As it were, the Oben GH-30 i mused about above went on sale a few weeks later, and I bit. It works well with my 150-450 and cements a gimbal head is the way to when using this lens on a tripod.
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The oben seems to no longer be available. Any news.
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I have an Acratech GP ballhead that works fine with the 150-450. But for tracking, a gimbal is better.
I got this Neewer gimbal at Amazon, disassembled it and added better grease. I'm sure a Wimberly is better, but for 1/4 of the price, I'm satisfied.

amazon.com : Neewer Professional Heavy Duty Carbon Fiber 360 Degree Panoramic Gimbal Tripod Head with Arca-Swiss Standard 1/4 inch Quick Release Plate and Bubble Level for DSLR Cameras up to 30pounds/13.6kilogram : Camera & Photo?tag=pentaxforums-20&

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QuoteOriginally posted by SteveinSLC Quote
I have an Acratech GP ballhead that works fine with the 150-450. But for tracking, a gimbal is better.
I got this Neewer gimbal at Amazon, disassembled it and added better grease. I'm sure a Wimberly is better, but for 1/4 of the price, I'm satisfied.

amazon.com : Neewer Professional Heavy Duty Carbon Fiber 360 Degree Panoramic Gimbal Tripod Head with Arca-Swiss Standard 1/4 inch Quick Release Plate and Bubble Level for DSLR Cameras up to 30pounds/13.6kilogram : Camera & Photo?tag=pentaxforums-20&
I have the same gymbal, what kind of grease did you use for replacement?
10-31-2019, 03:33 AM   #21
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I use a Benro GH5C gimbal head. Rated for 66 pounds. Only problem with it is that there isn't enough space between the mounting plate and the sidewall to be able to use a camera with a battery-grip attached on it directly. It's great for the long lenses, though. I suppose this would be obvious, but I'd point out that the use of the gimbal head with that lens means I can leave both horizontal and vertical axes loose and move the thing to follow the action of, say, an airplane in flight, which I can't do anywhere near as easily by using a ball head.

I also use a Giottos MH1300 ball-head. It's pretty beefy, and strong enough to hold up a long lens, though I don't use it for that. Not sure how it would do on a seriously big lens, like the 560mm. It's fine for using a camera with a battery-grip attached, though, as the offset mounting hole on the battery-grip causes no such clearance problem.

Downside is that I have to carry both with me as selection depends on what lens I want to use. Anything with a foot on it goes on the gimbal, otherwise...

I'm finding that the tripod may be more important. The longer the lens, the more flexibility in the legs causes motion-blurring. And here's another thing - simply screwing the parts together means they'll loosen up and cause blurring. I use "purple" Loctite thread cement on the male threads; in theory, I should be able to get them apart again without having to use a propane torch (as I would with "red"), but I never have that wobbly-head syndrome.

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The oben seems to no longer be available. Any news.
Interesting - appears back ordered. Wonder if it's worth a call for an ETA

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I have the same gymbal, what kind of grease did you use for replacement?
Also being a cyclist, I used a grease designed for bikes, Phil Wood waterproof grease. Seems to have worked well.
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The oben seems to no longer be available. Any news.
It is back in stock at B&H.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mikesul Quote
It is back in stock at B&H.
And it's currently on a Black Friday sale for $50 off. Think it's hard to beat at that price.
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Forgot the link to the sale price at B&H - $199 at the time I'm posting this:

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This is the Gimbal I have, no problems whatsoever with it. (I have the Artic edition)

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This is the Gimbal I have, no problems whatsoever with it. (I have the Artic edition)

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Carol. I got the regular version of the Nest gimbal head about 4 years ago. I really like it. I have a second one called Lensmaster that is made in England. It is a solid, simple design that works great and is easy to disassemble and clean. Cost me about $240 when all was said and done. The head arrived a week after I ordered it.

I prefer to use a gimbal head with my long lenses. I use a Vello remote shutter switch too.
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I really love using the Gimbal; so easy and extremely solid. Hey, I also use a Vello remote shutter switch! We're doing good!
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