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New kid in the block...

Another interesting head in line with RRS one, but seems to address some minor issues on these type of heads, but still not a competitor for the full fluid head ones.

Bjørn Rørslett:
The Kirk unit has all these pieces, joints and locking knobs indicating there are many potential problem areas to influence overall stability. The original Wimberley seems rock solid in comparison?

Have the same impression. I was quite satisfied with the Wimberley II for a while and did not feel the need for going for another gimbal.
Just upgraded my Sachtler ENG2CF with an FSB8 head that will give me new options.

Indeed, and that's a trend...
The idea behind is to built them around aluminum billets on CNC, so likes the Jobu or Wimberley will be a waste of material, and being easier to pack. Nevertheless those pieces connects to each other by arca-swiss joints, so essentially without movement when tight. Also they can double as panoramics heads.
The Wimberley falls short in two aereas, that I really like they could address: the bearings and the locking mechanisms
The ones like this Kirk (have not yet one on hand), the RRS, and with another approach, but with the same resukts, the Mongoose, are much better towards locking systems and bearings. Namelly the RRS and the Kirk have needle and ball bearings to attain no wooble movements on their arms. The Kirk, brings an innovative tension/locking system, thought.
But again, there's no free lunch, and the Kirk and even more the RRS approaches the weight of a good fluid head, without its inherent benefits.

I discover another interesting gimbal, an Italian one, full carbon, the Zenelli:
Another great piece of machinery comes from ProMediagear, the Katana:

Look at this video about the difference between a fluid head and a gimbal featured by a well known Israel wildlife photographer

Bjørn Rørslett:
My experience with the Wimberley is short and just allow for general impressions. The ability to move the lens freely is great, the support for longer than "fast" exposures not so much. Or to be frank, not at all.

There is a German gimbal-type head the name of which  escapes me at present (something starting with 'Nie...') looking much more sturdy because it had the lens secured within a square loop or bridle. Intuitively that arrangement looked much better in terms of reduced vibrations. Any one of our German members to the rescue here?


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