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RRS (et al) gimbal heads - ok on right-hand side of lens?
« on: August 06, 2013, 11:18:26 PM »
Is there any reason a gimbal mount couldn't be installed so that the upright is on the right side of the lens?  All the ads I've seen have it on the left.  I suppose that leads to the follow-on question, are they shown on the left for a reason?  It seems they're in the way of all the controls that way.

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RRS (et al) gimbal heads - ok on right-hand side of lens?
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Re: RRS (et al) gimbal heads - ok on right-hand side of lens?
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2013, 11:28:08 PM »
Is there any reason a gimbal mount couldn't be installed so that the upright is on the right side of the lens?  All the ads I've seen have it on the left.  I suppose that leads to the follow-on question, are they shown on the left for a reason?  It seems they're in the way of all the controls that way.

I have no idea why they do that, but I've happily used my Benro gimbal on the right side of my 400/28IS (the heavy MF) and 50D.

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Re: RRS (et al) gimbal heads - ok on right-hand side of lens?
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2013, 11:30:54 PM »
Is there any reason a gimbal mount couldn't be installed so that the upright is on the right side of the lens?  All the ads I've seen have it on the left.  I suppose that leads to the follow-on question, are they shown on the left for a reason?  It seems they're in the way of all the controls that way.

I have no idea why they do that, but I've happily used my Benro gimbal on the right side of my 400/28IS (the heavy MF) and 50D.

Thank you for the answer; I figured as much but I don't want to leap that far without looking!

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Re: RRS (et al) gimbal heads - ok on right-hand side of lens?
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2013, 12:03:39 AM »
You can mount it on either side.  I suspect mounting with the upright on the left side of the lens is more common (it's the way I do it, at least) - since your right hand is usually on the camera (shutter button, exposure settings, etc.), having the gimbal controls (tension, lock in place, granted - not much to control) on the left side makes sense.
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Re: RRS (et al) gimbal heads - ok on right-hand side of lens?
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2013, 01:18:39 AM »
You can mount it on either side.  I suspect mounting with the upright on the left side of the lens is more common (it's the way I do it, at least) - since your right hand is usually on the camera (shutter button, exposure settings, etc.), having the gimbal controls (tension, lock in place, granted - not much to control) on the left side makes sense.

That's what I was thinking.  since a lot your controls are on the right, It seems like the gimbal could get in the way.
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Re: RRS (et al) gimbal heads - ok on right-hand side of lens?
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2013, 02:25:36 AM »
Hi,
   I mount with the upright on the right side, so that the compact shotgun mic on my camera hot shoe will not get in the way when doing a vertical shot.

  Have a nice day.

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Re: RRS (et al) gimbal heads - ok on right-hand side of lens?
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2013, 08:28:34 AM »
Thank you all for the feedback!  Maybe I'll rent one this weekend and see what feels right.

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Re: RRS (et al) gimbal heads - ok on right-hand side of lens?
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2013, 11:01:52 AM »
I'm a leftie, but with the Wimberly, the Gimbal on the left felt right for me even though its a right handed setup.
 
It can be done either way, but having the shutter button under my right hand and the gimbal tension control / lock in my left worked well.  Getting it balanced is the important thing.
 

 

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