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Gear Talk => EOS Bodies - For Stills => Topic started by: AprilForever on February 01, 2012, 10:58:15 PM

Title: King Cobra vs. Wimberly
Post by: AprilForever on February 01, 2012, 10:58:15 PM
Hi Everyone! I know that this may be posted in the wrong place, but I couldn't figure out where to post to...

I am looking to get a gimbal head: should I pony up and get the wimberly, or save a few bucks, and get the King Cobra?

Has anyone ever used the King Cobra? How is it?
Title: Re: King Cobra vs. Wimberly
Post by: Michael_pfh on February 01, 2012, 11:42:26 PM
Hi Everyone! I know that this may be posted in the wrong place, but I couldn't figure out where to post to...

I am looking to get a gimbal head: should I pony up and get the wimberly, or save a few bucks, and get the King Cobra?

Has anyone ever used the King Cobra? How is it?

Since I am using a Manfrotto Tripod for my 400 f/2.8L  I did get the Manfrotto 393 head which offers the same functionality as a gimbal head but at a much lower price.

I am very satisfied with it and do highly recommend it.
Title: Re: King Cobra vs. Wimberly
Post by: AprilForever on February 01, 2012, 11:45:56 PM
Hi Everyone! I know that this may be posted in the wrong place, but I couldn't figure out where to post to...

I am looking to get a gimbal head: should I pony up and get the wimberly, or save a few bucks, and get the King Cobra?

Has anyone ever used the King Cobra? How is it?

Since I am using a Manfrotto Tripod for my 400 f/2.8L  I did get the Manfrotto 393 head which offers the same functionality as a gimbal head but at a much lower price.

I am very satisfied with it and do highly recommend it.

That's the U-looking one?
Title: Re: King Cobra vs. Wimberly
Post by: Leopard Lupus on February 01, 2012, 11:52:05 PM
Yes, it is called a Gimbal Head.
Manfrotto makes great tripod heads. They're the only heads I've ever needed to purchase, without a single problem for years!
Title: Re: King Cobra vs. Wimberly
Post by: Michael_pfh on February 01, 2012, 11:53:17 PM
Hi Everyone! I know that this may be posted in the wrong place, but I couldn't figure out where to post to...

I am looking to get a gimbal head: should I pony up and get the wimberly, or save a few bucks, and get the King Cobra?

Has anyone ever used the King Cobra? How is it?

Since I am using a Manfrotto Tripod for my 400 f/2.8L  I did get the Manfrotto 393 head which offers the same functionality as a gimbal head but at a much lower price.

I am very satisfied with it and do highly recommend it.

That's the U-looking one?

Exactly! Although the official manufacturer instruction is to use as 'O' and not 'U'.

I haven't tried out the 'O' yet as I am very happy with the 'U'. Some people claim that the lens' switches could not be accessed easily anymore but I do not agree to that, never had any problem to quickly change a setting on the lens.
Title: Re: King Cobra vs. Wimberly
Post by: AprilForever on February 03, 2012, 03:14:40 AM
Thanks guys! I went and got the Wimberly Sidemount. I realized that I could either pony up for it, or buy a cheaper one then pony up for the expensive one later...  ;D
Title: Re: King Cobra vs. Wimberly
Post by: Michael_pfh on February 03, 2012, 03:24:35 AM
Thanks guys! I went and got the Wimberly Sidemount. I realized that I could either pony up for it, or buy a cheaper one then pony up for the expensive one later...  ;D

You mean you got the 'Wimberley Sidekick'? I wanted to get that one in the first place but could not source it locally so I opted for the Manfrotto 393 instead...
Title: Re: King Cobra vs. Wimberly
Post by: wickidwombat on February 03, 2012, 05:00:24 AM
i just got one of these for my 600mm f4.5 FD

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Benro-GH-2-Gimbal-Head-PL-100-Plate-Kit-Express-Ship-/310376367926?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4843df8736 (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Benro-GH-2-Gimbal-Head-PL-100-Plate-Kit-Express-Ship-/310376367926?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4843df8736)

it's really well made
Title: Re: King Cobra vs. Wimberly
Post by: docsavage123 on February 03, 2012, 07:15:13 AM
I got my self one of these

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BENRO-GH-A-Gimbal-Head-PL-85-Plate-Tele-Lens-/260946605117?pt=UK_Tripods_Heads_Stablisers&hash=item3cc1a1343d (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BENRO-GH-A-Gimbal-Head-PL-85-Plate-Tele-Lens-/260946605117?pt=UK_Tripods_Heads_Stablisers&hash=item3cc1a1343d)

fits great on my Ball head uses the arca swiss plate as well - supports my 400 F5.6 and have tried it with a 500 F4 works with that as well. It give you a bit more flexibility than the standard wimberly type.