1D X will not give you decent IQ if don't have decent lenses to shoot with.
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Hi Dylan, my experience to date.
2 x Wimberley 11 units
1 x RRS Pano
1 Jobu II
I've used the Wimberley units for several years, before that the version i units, can't fault them, they just keep working, smoothly & without fuss.
I bought the RRS Pano as I felt it would be a great replacement for the Wimberleys, and in some situations it is, on a Tripod, where you want to do Pano work etc, very smooth (better than the Wimberley), but I found in a vehicle (Safari) the Pano tends to load the weight to the side so vibration of the vehicle ensures the Pano head keeps slipping of vertical, not huge, but I've since gone back to the Wimberley units for Safari, RRS Pano for everything else.
I bought the Jobu as a lighter weight alternative to the above two heads, does the job, but I don't think it's in same Build quality area as either the Wimberley and certainly not the RRS, but it's cheaper, by a lot, tends to sit in the cupboard these days.
Sometimes, I wish I can go back to $99 P&S camera . Back in 2007(when I have no kids), you would NEVER-NEVER-NEVER be able talk me in spending $300 on a camera.
Now...nearly $1000 for a RRS Pano tripod head? Ummmmmm, I'm gonna need couple glasses of wine red.
I have to think about this elm58.
I live in CA, 92708. 30mins south of LAX. About 4hrs from SLO. I'm have little concern driving up there to try out their gimbal head, because I might end up with one of their carbon fiber tripod.
That's really very Funny Dylan, and almost guaranteed if you down those couple of Red Wines along the way.
What ever you do, Do NOT Download the RRS 2014 Catalogue.
I REALLY have to think about this Neuro. What is the smoothness on RRS? The knobs on RRS look solid.
Very smooth, the locks are solid.
IIRC, you're in LA/SoCal? If so, it might be worth you and your lens taking a drive up to SLO, the only place you can actually try RRS gear before you buy it.
Mounting the lens on side way could be an issue for me.
Yes, with the side-mount you need to support the weight of the lens with one hand until you can half-close the clamp, whereas the bottom mount takes the weight.
In my case, I figured that the lightest of my kids weighs more than the 1D X + 600 II, I hold them one-armed all the time without incident, and I value them far more than camera gear.
The lens just arrived from B&H. I currently have the lens my set at +12 on my 5Dmkiii. When the focus hits, I have never seen a lens so sharp. The color and contrast are soooo good. Here is a SOOC shot of my wife @1.4.
The full gimbal package got my interest more. Trust me, I believe in "buy it one & buy it right" theory
The point of the side-mount gimbal isn't that it's cheaper. Like you, I had planned to get the full gimbal initially. I called and asked RRS, and they actually recommended the side over the full (meaning less revenue for them). According to them, there's no difference in support. The side mount allows me to reach under the lens to easily access the focus/preset rings, buttons, etc., through the space that would otherwise be occupied by the bottom mount. The side mount is also fewer pieces, so it's lighter and less cumbersome for transport.
Personally, my RRS PG-02 LLR works perfectly with my 600/4 L IS II, with bodies from the 1D X to the EOS M, with TCs, a 600EX-RT + Better Beamer, etc.
Also, with an L-bracket on the camera and a nodal slide, the PG-02 LLR becomes a multi row pano rig (as can the full gimbal, by replacing the cradle clamp with an FAS sliding clamp).
One final thing to consider, when using a gimbal having a leveling base on the tripod is extraordinarily helpful, and if you plan to convert to a pano rig, one is necessary.
I just got the 50Art.
It is raining outside. And indoors I could not find a model....so I just got those 2 guys......and for once they have nothing to say....because this is an awesome lens!
Maybe not the best example but I just started to play with the lens.
I'm just glad your story wasn't set in a massage parlor . And I bought my wife a new laptop this week, so if she catches me, I'm okay. I'm guessing she tracked your big whites, though, I know my wife sure did!I should start a thread on how to purchase equipment and sneak it into the house without your wife knowingThat's what I'll be doing today - sneaking, not writing a thread, that is .
My wife already giving up tracking my lenses
Last weekend, she saw me setting up the flashes and umbrella at home office. She looked at me and asked "have you seen my new Fendi bag?"
It was a HAPPY ENDING for both
my pleasure, I don't think you can go wrong with either Wimberly or RRS. If I may suggest, if you do consider RRS do look at the side-mount gimbal as well. It would be ideal for your 400mm and after using both full-gimbal and side-mounts, I have complete confidence in the side-gimbal for my 200-400mm. (Works beautifully with the RSS replacement foot).
If you later really desired the full gimbal version, you could conceivably purchase the components later to make the side-gimbal a full gimbal.
Anyway you've probably seen this but a short video that explains the difference. Most manufacturers make the traditional full gimbal so some may not even be aware of the side option.
PG-02 Pano-Gimbal Heads on Vimeo
I'm not excited about a 16-35mm F4 but would be about a 12-24 or a 14-24 F2.8.
I should start a thread on how to purchase equipment and sneak it into the house without your wife knowingThat's what I'll be doing today - sneaking, not writing a thread, that is .