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    Benro GH5C Gimbal head

    I'm considering getting one of these - has anyone got one/ had one / heard any good or bad comments about them?

    There are lots of potential suppliers, but this is a link to one of them.

    https://www.wexphotovideo.com/benro-...-head-1670462/
    John Liddle

    Backwell, North Somerset - "Where the cider apples grow"

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    They do seem to be the go to Gimbal if you got the readies , I never heard nothing bad about them . I am going to seriously consider one of these though ;

    https://www.lensmaster.co.uk/covid19.htm

    They not selling at the moment due to lock down , but you may want to consider and wait . Obviously I can not comment on them but have only heard and read good things .

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      #3
      I have the GH 2 super piece of kit really well made, I do not use it very often so did not bother with the extra cost of carbon

      Alan

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        #4
        I had the LensMaster Gimbal RH-2


        I can totally recommend it as it is user friendly servicing wise, comes with plates etc to mount your lens camera on, I replaced mine with a RRS item, but I sold it to Tigerburnie on here that uses it all the time, I would recommend you ask his opinion of it, its a good price, made in the UK and the guy is a one man band with a well deserved following.

        as for weight, nothing in it 1.1KG verses 1.19KG

        https://www.lensmaster.co.uk/rh2.htm
        Last edited by TonyT; 19-05-2020, 10:08.
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          #5
          Another option and quite a few companies do them, have you considered one of these

          https://www.reallyrightstuff.com/heads/monopod-heads

          mounted onto one of these, again lots do them

          https://www.the-digital-picture.com/...ing-Clamp.aspx

          you then have tilt and rotation, I use that or a similar set up on my monopod witha 500mm on it, advantage over a ballhead is it does not tip sideways.
          Last edited by TonyT; 19-05-2020, 10:04.
          Canon 1DX, 50D, EF500 F4.0 L, EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6L I , EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6L II, EF70-200 f/2.8L II, EF180 f3.5L Macro, EF 24-105 f/4L, EF17-40 f/4L, EF2.0X III, EF1.4X III, 430EX II, MR-14EX...

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            #6
            John, I know someone that's got one, he swears by it,
            Trev

            Equipment - According to the wife more than a Camera Shop got

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              #7
              They not selling the lensmasters at the moment due to lock down , but hopefully they will be running again soon . Off to look at Tony Ts links .

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                #8
                This is the set up I have on my monopod for my 500MM, this chap uses it on his tripod.

                http://tromsofoto.blogspot.com/2011/08/
                Canon 1DX, 50D, EF500 F4.0 L, EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6L I , EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6L II, EF70-200 f/2.8L II, EF180 f3.5L Macro, EF 24-105 f/4L, EF17-40 f/4L, EF2.0X III, EF1.4X III, 430EX II, MR-14EX...

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                  #9
                  As Tony said, I use the Lensmaster almost every day, well I did until lockdown, thoroughly recommend it. As with any gimbal there are certain times when you have to take the camera off it, fast flying birds like Red Kites at a feeding station, meant I left the gimbal and tripod in the car. I bought mine because I have a Sigma 500mm lens with no image stabilisation and that gimbal has solved any problems, when shooting fast subjects without the gimbal, I just wind up the shutter speed, which for most shots at fast moving subjects is required anyway. You'll need to cancel your gym membership if you are carrying a big lens, DSLR and a tripod as you won't need it, my set up weighs in at around 12 kgs.
                  Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way

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                    #10
                    Thanks for the input chaps - plenty of food for thought - I too had considered the Lensmaster, but with birthday looming in July, I decided to cast the new wider.

                    I am tempted by the sort of arrangement Tony T described, but I would baulk at the RRS prices I think.

                    I may try a cheaper alternative copy of the RRS set up - if it works, all well and good, if it doesn't, not too much lost.
                    John Liddle

                    Backwell, North Somerset - "Where the cider apples grow"

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