Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head – What, Why and How with the Oben GH-30C

What is a Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head? Why would you need to use a Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head? How do you use a Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head? In this video, we look at the Oben GH-30C Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head and answer those what, why, and how questions.

Gimbal tripod heads are meant to be used for a few scenarios, like panoramas, airplane photography, wildlife photography or sports photography.

Oben’s carbon fiber gimbal tripod head is well built and gets the job done.

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This is a ball head it’s for a tripod. This is a ball head it’s for a tripod. You see, there are a variety of different types of tripod heads. Now I happen to use baldheads, but there are a variety of styles. There are ones that are not on a ball that you can actually individually control the horizon panning, and then the vertical tilt. And you can also control the side to side tilting for many years, I’ve always used baldheads because I find it gives me more flexibility when I have to use tripod. But the downside of using a ball head is that leveling and ensuring that everything is perfectly balanced on the tripod gets a little bit tricky. Now you can see right here that I have a tripod with a Bullhead on it. And the problem is is that if I want to put a camera on it and start panning, I have to make sure that this is perfectly level and to do so.

You need to loosen the ball head and then adjust and look at the little bubble level and find that it is in fact level. Then you can go ahead and you can pan to your heart’s desire. And while this is good for panning and keeping the horizon level, it doesn’t exactly get panoramics perfect. And you can find yourself shifting and the ball heads not perfectly tightened. There could be some, you know, movement in that ball that you didn’t expect. And a tiny movement in the ball makes a big difference in a photo. And this is another way that you can get perfect pans when it comes to a ball head. And that’s something like this, a panning plate, and this fits in perfectly here. And then I can tighten this, ensure that everything is perfectly level. And then I can loosen the knob on the penning head and just turn that right. I can just turn the panting head. Now this gets you a step closer, but it’s not all the way there. And that’s where a nodal slide comes in. Now you could add a nodal slide to the mix, put your camera on the nodal slide. And now you’ve got everything perfectly balanced and in perfect level, and you can get perfect panoramas. And this is a lot going on for something that could be done simpler. This is a gimbal head.

Hey, this is Scott Wyden. Kivowitz a storyteller with a camera talking about all things photographers like you and I are thinking about. And in this video, we’re talking about the gimbal head and no we’re not talking about the DJI Ronin or the Moza air too. We’re just talking about gimbal tripod and, and specifically one from open. Now, the beauty of a gimbal head is it’s basically doing everything you need to get perfect panoramas or control it really, really heavy camera setup and lens set up and have it all perfectly balanced and still flexible and fluid. A lot of times you’ll find wildlife photographers using needs, or you’ll see aerial photographers, people photographing airplanes using these. A lot of Astro photographers you’ll find using these because they’re extremely strong and they’re intended for super long lenses or Supreme accuracy. When it comes to wildlife sports, aerial photography and panoramas, this is what you need to do a multi row Panorama.

Let’s do a quick overview of the open gimbal head now because I can’t really go anywhere. I thought I’d just come outside and, and walk you through the gimbal out here and show you how it’s set up and the advantage of having a gimbal for your airplane in photography, your wording, wildlife photography, or your sports photography. So the first thing you’re going to notice is that I have my 7,200 with a two X extension on the Nikon D at 50, this is a heavy, heavy setup. The 7,200 actually has my really rights stuff. ARCA, Swiss foot on the bottom of this. Now normally your 7,200 or your lens may not have an archist with mounts, but this one does. And if it does not, well, if the gimbal came with a, with a plate anyway, that you can put on the bottom of the foot, I do have to have my lens pretty far forward.

And here is why this knob right here controls the camera to go up and down. If I am to loosen it, you’ll see that the camera can go like this. If I have the camera set further back, it’s going to be too heavy in the back. And it’s going to go like this automatically. The trick here is that you want to make sure that your camera with its lens on it. Any other accessories you have attached here will stay perfectly level and faith fixed wherever you put it through. If I am to go like this, it stays that way. If I go like this, if these lightweight that way, it doesn’t just wobble up and down on its own. I’ll show you what I mean. So find him to take this and Mount it in the backside. You’ll see that this just, it won’t stay up.

It’s it just goes down and flocks down a hundred percent of the time. It won’t stay up. But if I Mount it back where it was now, it is level, the weight distribution is actually perfectly, even from front to back so that when the knob is loose for the vertical axes, it will just go where you want it to go. The next thing you want to do also for balancing purposes is to make sure that this knob center of this knob meets the center of the camera vertical height, and you adjust it by this knob and you can bring this up or down. You can actually bring the camera up or down, right? So you just basically eyeball it, make sure it is centered. And then when everything is loose, you’ll see that you’ve got that good access. You can go up as high as you want.

The camera will not touch the bottom of the gimbal. And then when you have all the knobs loose, you can spin around in 360 degrees and you can have it and go any place. And your camera will stay put that is a steady system. By the way, when you also have a lens that has a foot and a collar, you can also loosen that and you can go vertical and horizontal right in here. And again, they perfectly balanced. So that’s a win win. And what it means now is that I can go ahead and find myself the birds that I want to photograph now, right? And I’m aimed at the top of a tree. And if there was a bird that I knew that was going to fly into that tree, I could stay put right here. In fact, if I want to completely remove the risk of that, moving on me, if this of this system moving on me, I can just turn the knobs, turn the knobs.

And now this is completely locked. I can make sure that the lens color is also there, or I can keep it loose that I can quickly go to vertical to portrait mode if I have to, but I’ve got it all set and done. So that’s the true advantage of a gimbal is that you can have something flexible for a variety of different types of photography, where there’s typically a lot of fast moving objects, where you need to be steady. Anytime. Something that can hold a very heavy setup easily, but also be flexible. But the other advantage is that you can get multi-role panoramas with this type of setup and the way you do that is by photographing top down, down, down shift top down, down, down shift, top down, down, down shift, top down and so on. You’re going to have a perfect Panorama by going with a gimbal tripod head instead of just a ball head or something like that, because you’ve got immense control over the scene, and you can really calculate to precise precision to make sure that your Panorama has minimal to zero parallax. Now I got to wait for some birds, Oh, there’s a cat.

So this is the open G H 30 C. This is a carbon fiber gimbal head for a tripod. And I’ve never used an open product before. And I can say that as somebody who typically uses really WriteStuff products, I’m actually impressed with the quality of this. Now the carbon fiber pattern does not exactly match my really right stuff, but I’m not that OCD about my photography equipment as far as quality goes. And as far as setup goes, it was super easy. The instructions were very easy to follow as well. This was my first time using a gimbal head and getting used to it was a snap. I can’t wait to put this thing to use. If you have any questions about this product or gimbal heads in general, just hit the comment button, the like button, let me know, share your thoughts. Can’t wait to hear from you until next time.

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