Hello, I am purchasing the Nikon 500mm f4. This will be my first jump into the "big glass" category. I have seen many people with these lenses and they use them with the Wimberly style tripod mount.
Can anyone recomend a head for this lens that maybe is similar to the wimberly but priced a little cheaper.
Anyting in particular I should look for when buying a head for this lens?
Thanks for your input!
#1. "RE: Tripod Head for Big Glass" | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Fri 29-Jan-10 07:00 PM
Congratulations on the new lens!
You might want to check out the Kirk KC-1 King Cobra priced $140.00 less than the Wimberly. Here is a link: http://www.kirkphoto.com/KC-1_King_Cobra.html
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#3. "RE: Tripod Head for Big Glass" | In response to Reply # 0chris_platt Nikonian since 03rd Apr 2009Sat 30-Jan-10 05:52 PM | edited Sat 30-Jan-10 05:55 PM by chris_platt
There are several other alternatives, that are different in design, but that perform the same function. I have a Wimberly head, but I also have a Bogen 393 which works quite well and is a relative bargain. You can read about it here:
I also have an Acratech long lens head that functions in a similar manner, but that isn't quite as effortless as the Wimberly or Bogen.
The Wimberley Sidekick is also an option if you have a really good ball head, but you will probably have to replace the lens foot.
If you're really on a tight budget, the Bogen will work quite nicely for you.
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#4. "RE: Tripod Head for Big Glass" | In response to Reply # 3
#5. "RE: Tripod Head for Big Glass" | In response to Reply # 4chris_platt Nikonian since 03rd Apr 2009Sun 31-Jan-10 03:25 PM | edited Sun 31-Jan-10 03:27 PM by chris_platt
There really isn't anything I don't like about the Bogen Gimbal. The Wimberley is a little more rigid and will lock down more tightly. You can't lock the panning motion on the Bogen, but you can adjust the friction on it. You usually don't want to completely lock down a gimbal head anyway - you use them specifically because you want to move the lens easily to track moving targets. If I need to lock my lens down, I reach for a ballhead.
The Wimberly allows very precise adjustments to balance at the center of gravity. The Bogen as very limited adjustments that require removing the knobs and reinserting them in a different set of holes on the U bracket, but you'll end up just using the top holes on the bracket anyway. However with the slightest increase in tension on the gimbal knobs, I have found that lenses balance and stay where they are pointed (without drifting) just as easily as they do on the Wimberley.
I purchased the Wimberley because I was mounting an 800mm lens, sometimes with teleconverters and flash brackets, and the weight of the whole setup was a bit much for the Bogen. Also with a flash bracket, you really raise the center of gravity/balance point, so the additional adjustment capability of the Wimberley helped.
The Wimberley is a nicer head - no question about it. Which one would I recommend? If you can afford it, you won't regret the Wimberley. If that is just too far for your budget to reach, try the Bogen. I don't think you will be dissapointed. You can always sell it without losing too much money, if you decide you'd like to try the Wimberley. I kept the Bogen after I purchased the Wimberley because it works superbly with my Bigma.
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