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The GH700 is a well built tripod lens mount. The only problem I have is mounting the head to a tripod. All of my tripods have 1/4" thread mounting bolts. Your Gimbal head has a 3/8" mounting bolt. Living in a small town, I cannot find an adapter unless I drive 30 miles! My new GH700 will have to sit here until I can find some sort of an adapter! Of course the GH700 comes on a weekend when no customer assistance is available !!?? It's hard to write a review when no one is around to read it ??
I haven’t attached it to my tripod yet because I am not sure how.
This is the first gimbal head I've purchased. I probably will not use it all that often, so I did not want to spend big dollars. I did a fair amount of research reading reviews and comparing features and prices. I feel that this was a good choice based on price and quality. It looks well made, and unlike some others it panned and tilted smoothly right out of the box. I am very pleased with its ease of setup and use. I may end up using it more often than originally planned because the weight of a gimbal head will help steady the camera/tripod during night shots.
We purchased this head to use on a Manfrotto 035RL Super Clamp (with a #037 short stud) to clamp to the roof rack of a game viewer vehicle for an upcoming African safari trip. Our initial opinion, though, is that the head is constructed of solid, albeit a bit heavy, materials machined to fairly-close tolerances. The grease in the base is not so thick to hinder the smooth rotation. The top bearing is a bit stiff and the locking knob only turns about 180 degrees from tight-to-loose. The gimbal platform does not "rock freely" when the top knob is fully loose. However, early "playing" with a Canon 5Dm3 and a Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS mkii lens on the head led us to conclude that the freedom of motion is quite good for still photography. The mounting "platform" for the camera mount has a stop to keep it from falling off the arm which we lock. However, moving that platform up the "scale" takes some "bumping" to move it so it's something to do once, lock down, and leave. We do like that the outside locking latch for the Arca-Swiss plate has a "stop" if you try to screw it all the way (without applying unnecessary torque) so you might not lose that piece in the field.
Until we get into the field with it in early February, we won't really know how well it holds up. With the "super clamp" and this head, we're adding over 4 extra pounds to our checked bag so we hope it's worth the weight. But we're impressed so far and believe it's a good value. Ordering from MovoPhoto directly was easy and price-competitive. We'll need to get a spare mounting plate or two and potentially a second one of these heads to support the gear & photographers we'll have with us and will try to update the review after the safari.
Due to the fact that the tilt swing arm assembly does not contain bearings nor fluid the weight of the camera and lens will not return to a horizontal level. Still, for the price, it still is very usable.
This is a viable alternative to much more expensive Gimbal heads on the market, however, a few things need to be changed to improve the design. The threaded insert adapter has a 2mm or so rim on it that prevents it from sitting flush with the tripod top(this allows it to wobble) and will cause problems(at least it did for me). The other issue is the 1/4 x 20 screw(this screws into the tripod socket on your camera) is made of too soft a metal and will enlarge over time as you tighten it with a screwdriver. Do not use the ring on the screw as it will not tighten down enough to secure to the arch style base. Both issues will require the consumer to add some inexpensive items to fix it. Having pointed this out, it is still much more inexpensive to buy and fix yourself while saving hundreds of dollars by passing on the expensive name brand gimbal heads.
I love the GH700 gimble head. It's sturdy and has good build quality. However, the two-day shipping took 5 days!!
Use this product while photographing wildlife and it works well. My only issue is the plate. I have had to replace it 3 times for the screw which attaches plate to camera had fallen off (the plate). Hopefully this current plate and screw will remain functional for a longer period of time.
I was very impressed with the product at first i experience a little be of stiffness but I use at first some WD40 and latter use a Silicone lubricant and it worked fine very
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Excellent head for the money. I was expecting something not quite right due to the price but I can’t find anything. Why get the more expensive heads?