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ANNSM GB100 Gimbal Head is designed for quick capturing picture in wide nature environment specially for moving/running wide animals like flying birds or moving animals. With Arca-Swiss Standard Quick Release Plate, it is compatible with almost all DSLRs or SLR cameras as long as it can be fit and installed it on. It is made of Heavy Duty Aluminum, it is super sturdy withstanding up to 18 Kgs/ 40 lbs loading.
I bought this to use with Nikon 810/750 bodies (~2 lb., especially with a Sigma 60-600 zoom (~6 lb.). Gimbal handles these well when locked. When unlocked, upper hinge doesn’t wobble as some others have been described. The pivoting base, however wobbles 1-2 mm when unlocked. It also has a very viscous lube which makes it difficult to pan/tilt when tracking a subject. YouTube has many videos describing the process for removing this and replacing it with a lighter lithium grease. Really easy process. I was concerned this would amplify the wobble. Also, my to-do list already cuts into my camera time, so I really didn’t want another project, more of anout-of-the-box solution.
I would have given 5 stars, except the first day I was out hiking with this the bubble level popped out, never to be found again. So I bought a replacement (12x7mm) and put this in with some thin double-stick tape on its back. However, this is too tall, and the level's face was getting scratched because it was no longer recessed. A 12x6mm bubble level should work, but it is unclear if those that Amazon sells are "high sensitivity" like the 12x7 one they sell is. I ended up epoxying an O-ring around the level to recess and protect the face (see 1st photo).
Ok, this is almost a perfect gimbal. Just one thing. Go to youtube and see the tutorials to remove the original grease on the product and put new grease on the gimbal. The grease that the company use feels like glue so the movement of the gimbal its not that great. When you ad the new grease the movement its going to be perfect. Its like a totally new product. I think the expensive gimbals ($300-$600) they just use a better grease and that it. The construction on the gimbal is almost the same. Its a 5 stars product if the company use a better grease.
This is a decent gimbal head, however it doesn't have a terribly smooth function (you can feel the heavy grease). It has good dimensions and when lock down it is very sturdy. The issue is that it uses hardware that doesn't work well when not locked down. It displays a reasonably high amount of play when panning.
This is far better than it looks in the photo, A BIT ON THE HEAVY SIDE BUT EXTRA STABLE ON A MID WEIGHT TRIPOD, this item allows free movement of my 6d mark 2 with a 100-400 IS 11, the puppy is rock steady. I believe you could add double the weight and not diminish its functionality, once again AMAZON has delivered an exceptional product and a very reasonable price, yes you will love one in your kit bag for heavier camera set-ups, ease of set up and tracking moving objects is very impressive, I am sure you will see the value in one should you have the need for it.
High quality and fast shipping!!
Excellent for the $$$. Does exactly as intended. My photo shooting is now simple and under control.
This product fits all of my needs!