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11-10-2021, 12:19 PM   #31
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I shall watch your experience with interest, the levelling bowl looks a useful feature!

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I shall watch your experience with interest, the levelling bowl looks a useful feature!
+1.

I am regretting not forking out the extra for the carbon fibre version of the tripod I bought(Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AP Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit withAlta PH-32) a couple of years ago. Especially as I have since acquired the Monster (150-450mm).


That gymbal sounds heavy. I am still debating the worth of some sort of fluid head.


Your thoughts on your new system after a few field uses would be of great interest.
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QuoteOriginally posted by StiffLegged Quote
I shall watch your experience with interest, the levelling bowl looks a useful feature!
It seems to work... haven't been out much, but neat.


QuoteOriginally posted by K2 to K50 Quote
+1.

I am regretting not forking out the extra for the carbon fibre version of the tripod I bought(Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AP Aluminum-Alloy Tripod Kit withAlta PH-32) a couple of years ago. Especially as I have since acquired the Monster (150-450mm).


That gymbal sounds heavy. I am still debating the worth of some sort of fluid head.


Your thoughts on your new system after a few field uses would be of great interest.
As I said, not much use right now, I did go down to the river but all the eagles have left with the cold... I think this Jobu gimbal suits the 150-450 really well - if you decide to pursue one, get the 'deluxe' version however (more distance from tray to pivot), as the 150-450 has a tall foot and we need to attach a plate rather than use a replacement foot. And even then it's about a 1/4" above perfect balance, but this isn't a problem if you leave a tiny bit of tension on the pivot.

As far as weight, it's really not heavy at only 1.5lbs, by comparison a Wimberley gimbal is just over 3lbs (and bigger obviously, but I'm not seeing any advantage to having it unless you have a 500/4 or larger you use as well as the 150-450). If you're concerned about weight, I'm not really sure a fluid head would be the way to go for this, as I would think adjustable drag would be a must, the smallest (and cheapest) offering that are the Manfrotto 502 at 3.7lbs and the Benro S6 at 3.6lbs

Besides, the 150-450 + KP combo looks pretty at home on the Jobu. You can also see the levelling ball in use here:
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