Is your tripod gimbal head balanced correctly? Many people misunderstand what a properly balanced gimbal is, but this video walks through how to get things set up right.
Steve Perry from Backcountry Gallery has a new video tutorial that goes through common problems with setting up gimbal heads. When everything is balanced like it should be, it makes even heavy super-telephoto prime lenses and pro DSLR camera bodies feel featherlight. As Perry says in the video, it also makes framing up shots in anticipation for action or for animals to face the right way much better since you don’t have to continually hold onto the camera.
After balancing out your camera and lens on the gimbal, it’s a good idea to mark with either a paint pen or with tape where the balancing point is. I find that this makes the initial set up when I’m mounting my lens much faster as I have a guide to get very close to where it things need to be.
Do you have any of your own tips for working with gimbal heads? Share them in the comments below.