Here is a question for everyone. I am trying to figure out if I should buy a Gimbal Head or whether I should just buy the Acratech GP Ball-head with the Gimbal head feature. The only telephoto lens I plan on using once I save up the money is the Tamron 150-600. I know that Gimbal heads are definitely easier than ball-heads when you have a big telephoto lens like a Canon 500mm on it and can handle the weight, but the Tamron only weighs 4.3 pounds.
Let me know what you think.
I am late to this. I am not familiar with Acratech GP Ballhead, but I do have both the Tammy and the Wimberley WH-200 on a low-end Manfrotto tripod. I am still learning to make best use of the combination. In practice I often handhold the Tamron+6D or else use a monopod (a very good Sirui). I think one thing to consider is whether you can work with a pure, gimbal-only setup for non-telephoto shots, say, landscape. If not, you should go for a sidekick-type setup.