I am happy to announce my partnership with the people at Wimberley Professional Photo Gear. If your looking for the best quality Gimbal Heads in the industry at a competitive price look no further. When I first started shooting wildlife in 2005 I remember hearing how coveted the Wimberley name was whether it was on photography sites or forums, I never dreamed I would get a chance to work with such an amazing company.
My first impressions of the WH-200 was the size, it seemed more compact then the original version and when weighed it was actually 1LB less which is significant when hiking with a heavy load of camera gear. When it came to setup I quickly mounted the head onto my Manfrotto tripod with the 3/8”-16 mounting thread, if your tripod has a ¼”-20 mounting stud, you can purchase the 3/8”-1/4” brass reducer bushing. To thread the head onto the tripod make sure the bottom friction knob is locked. After the initial setup I started playing with the adjustments knobs which are extremely ergonomic, they are soft touch knobs coated with an extremely comfortable rubberized grip. As simple as it sounds this is one of my favourite parts of the head.
The next step is to take the lens plate which vary depending on your lens and attach it to your lens foot with the supplied alan key, make sure that its snug. Tighten up all the knobs on the head and slide the lens onto the grip plate, while holding the lens tighten the clamp fully because that's the only thing holding your camera on. The next and one of the most important things with a gimbal head is to level the lens out so there's an even balance between the camera and the lens. I know there are many ballheads out there that can easily take the weight of the most heavy lens, but nothing is as effortless as a gimbal head. The Wimberley group has made a long line of accessories that can include everything from flash brackets, sidemount conversion kits and other customizable accessories. This head is lighter, fluid, quick to setup, safe to use, what more could a photographer want. I personally have this setup on a dedicated tripod now so its always ready to go.
Personally I have customized some of my kit to make it work best for me, below are a few examples. Make sure to contact Wimberley if you have any questions about making an order and mention my site!
Sample Shots taken using this setup.