The #GKJr. Katana Jr. Gimbal Head was created to provide the ultimate marriage between size, weight and functionality. The junior is able to support any lens, yet is portable enough to be backpacked through the jungle at just 2.40 lbs! The truss design manufactured out of rigid T6061 Aluminum required the PMG team of engineers to program the CNC machines to their limits. The Gimbal features an independent Pan and Tilt knob large enough to be handled with gloved hands. An Arca Compatible cradle clamp nestles your camera plate or long lens mount with precision and security. The fluid type movements will allow you to quickly control your camera and lens combo as if it were an extension of your body. The bottom of the Katana Jr. is a standard 3/8-16 threaded tripod adapter. Treat yourself to one of the smoothest and lightest gimbals on the market today! The Katana Junior is manufactured out of hard anodized, scratch-resistant 6061 aluminum alloy and CNC precision machined in the USA. Designed with precision sealed, maintenance free, bearings for long life and durability to enable the heads smooth movements. Made in the USA by photographers for photographers! We pride ourselves in being experienced photography professionals and design gear we would use. There's nothing more important than our customers' satisfaction. So, What Are You Still Waiting For? Order Your Own Gimbal Head today!
Many good things to say: the outer (main) frame of the mount is very stiff and beautifully crafted and engineered. The finish is gorgeous, and the whole appearance is elegant. But the 'bird swing' (inner bracket that pivots on the tilt axis and contains the Arca Swiss type mount at the bottom) is far too slender and incapable of resisting and dampening torsional loads of even 1/4 of their rated maximum loading. I placed about 12 pounds of equipment on the Arca rail, and balanced it per the instructions, then found that if tapped, the inner bracket would oscillate dramatically for many, many seconds. Wobble wobble wobble. The tripod it was mounted on was not the issue. It is massive and was not vibrating significantly, and neither was the outer frame of the Katana Junior mount (with its cool space frame design). The oscillation (mostly rotational in a horizontal plane twisting about a vertical axis) was traced to the very slender bracket that mounts the 'bird swing' to the tilt axis. That is just simply too slender to resist twisting. So either get the version with the Arca Swiss type mount right on that axis (and forget the bird swing), or try another design. Also, locking up the pan axis causes an offset to the right so as to require re-framing. You would have to start off-center to the left and as you tighten up the pan lock hope that it will rotate the right amount to center the frame on your subject. The tilt axis does not seem to have that problem, at least not as obviously. This unit is light, beautiful, elegant, but not up to the job, to my disappointment.
I am amazed at the quality and build of this Gimbal. It will rival the 1k ones out there. As soon as I held it I knew and felt the precision in the build. It moves so smoothly and the knobs hold so well. When locked down my camera does not budge. Camera is heavy with a grip and 2 batteries and a long Sigma lens. when loosened the action is like riding on air. I love this Gimbal and recommend it to anyone who wants a thousand dollar gimbal but does not want to pay that price. Awesome job with this product. A+++++++++
Love the the ease of the Jr Katana. I researched and read reviews before buying and was alittle unsure when I made the purchase but so glad that I did!! It is very smooth and works great. I am in no way a professional but enjoy taking wildlife photos and needed something to go with the tamron 600mm lens. This works great. Everything I needed was included. This was paired with Gitzo GT0532.
Light and strong easily maneuvered, You may want to consider the side mount version for birding
Quality product. Very strong and sturdy. Smooth movement. Love it! I highly recommend!
Light, strong and works exceptionally well. Smooth operation.
I read the reviews online and researched other brands before I made this purchase. I must say I love this gimbal mount. It is light weight and easy to use. I have taken this on several all day trips with my Nikon D7200 and a Nikkor 200-500mm lenses on a monfotto carbon fiber tripod it was not to heaven to carry around. I highly recommend this product. The pictures I have been able to take are wonderful.
Highly recommended. Light weight. Built in USA. Have tried lesser models like most things you get what you pay for.