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05/05/2021 07:46:20 AM · #1
So I finally invested in a gimbal head awhile ago.

First -- what an INCREDIBLE thing for a nature photographer!!!! OMG!! The ability to really use a heavy camera/lens combination without killing your arms, neck and shoulders.

Anyway, I purchased the Oben, because it was less expensive than the wimberely's, but still had good reviews.

I've had a problem with it, and expected a fight on warranty.

Not only did I not get a fight, I got the best customer service that I think I've received from almost any company! (almost, because I received incredible service from platypod).

I'm so surprised and thankful that there are still companies that care for their customers, that I had to post it here. Will be doing the same on facebook.

If you're into wildlife photography, and haven't yet gotten a gimbal -- do it! You'll be amazed!

And buy Oben!

05/05/2021 08:30:35 AM · #2
Link to the gimbal head you've mentioned? Please and Thank You. :-)
05/05/2021 08:38:30 AM · #3
oben gimbal

It looks like there's a carbon fiber option, as well
05/05/2021 09:50:08 AM · #4
I really like mine but mine is the poor man equivalent. Just needed to replace the grease with something a little smoother and it works a treat

https://neewer.com/products/tripods-10086839
05/05/2021 11:19:10 AM · #5
I got this and so far it looks good and showing promising results.
05/05/2021 12:38:28 PM · #6
Originally posted by vawendy:

oben gimbal

It looks like there's a carbon fiber option, as well


Wendy - How does that work for taking BIF photos? Does it pan smoothly, or is it cumbersome for that?
05/05/2021 01:26:41 PM · #7
Originally posted by vawendy:

oben gimbal

It looks like there's a carbon fiber option, as well


What a timely thread. I just had shoulder surgery a week ago and it is will be difficult to hold a camera unless itís on a tripod for quite a while. This looks like a perfect solution. Are there any accessories that you recommend? Thanks for the recommendation.
05/05/2021 02:00:20 PM · #8
Originally posted by glad2badad:

Originally posted by vawendy:

oben gimbal

It looks like there's a carbon fiber option, as well


Wendy - How does that work for taking BIF photos? Does it pan smoothly, or is it cumbersome for that?


Extremely smoothly! That's what's it's best for, imo.

The only thing that it doesn't work for is if you're doing one shot and then moving on, since it's a tripod attachment. But once you get used to having a tripod with you, it makes a huge difference. I'm able to hand hold my 200 to 600 leanse, but not very well. My shots are so much better since I started using it. You give a little frustrated when something is flying straight overhead, because your tripod isn't set up for that. But there are very few shots that you miss with it.
05/05/2021 02:04:18 PM · #9
Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by glad2badad:

Originally posted by vawendy:

oben gimbal

It looks like there's a carbon fiber option, as well


Wendy - How does that work for taking BIF photos? Does it pan smoothly, or is it cumbersome for that?


Extremely smoothly! That's what's it's best for, imo.

The only thing that it doesn't work for is if you're doing one shot and then moving on, since it's a tripod attachment. But once you get used to having a tripod with you, it makes a huge difference. I'm able to hand hold my 200 to 600 leanse, but not very well. My shots are so much better since I started using it. You give a little frustrated when something is flying straight overhead, because your tripod isn't set up for that. But there are very few shots that you miss with it.


For my bigger lens, I found the long plate worked better for getting the balance right

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05/06/2021 11:58:36 AM · #10
Originally posted by vawendy:

...I purchased the Oben, because it was less expensive than the wimberely's...


Sounds like you made a good gimbal gamble!

That Oben gimbal is certainly something I would consider adding to my kit if I were in the position of doing more sports or wildlife with longer lenses.
05/06/2021 03:21:25 PM · #11
What tripod are you using? I want to get a tripod that does not have a center pole so I can get lower to the ground. Thinking about having two tripods - one with a gimbal and one for normal shooting.
05/07/2021 08:52:01 AM · #12
they had a great deal on a tripod and the head a number of years ago. This is what I'm using.

gimbal and tripod combo
05/09/2021 03:54:51 PM · #13
Looking at these more seriously now and one thing hit me; it's more important to have your tripod level with these isn't it, than say a 3-way tilt head? Right now, if I'm not 100% level, I can adjust the tilt part of the 3-way to get a level horizon. With a gimbal you can't do that ... right?
05/09/2021 08:23:40 PM · #14
Originally posted by glad2badad:

Looking at these more seriously now and one thing hit me; it's more important to have your tripod level with these isn't it, than say a 3-way tilt head? Right now, if I'm not 100% level, I can adjust the tilt part of the 3-way to get a level horizon. With a gimbal you can't do that ... right?


Barry, after reading Wendy's comments I researched and bought the Oben gimbal. I have played around with it for just a few days and find it very useful for my purposes. I have used it on my Canon 100-400 mm and 70-200 lenses. They have an adjustable ring on them that attaches to the gimbal and helps compensate for small required adjustments. I have not had any problems leveling it. Any minor adjustments can be done in editing.
05/09/2021 08:25:46 PM · #15
Originally posted by GolferDDS:

Originally posted by glad2badad:

Looking at these more seriously now and one thing hit me; it's more important to have your tripod level with these isn't it, than say a 3-way tilt head? Right now, if I'm not 100% level, I can adjust the tilt part of the 3-way to get a level horizon. With a gimbal you can't do that ... right?

Barry, after reading Wendy's comments I researched and bought the Oben gimbal. I have played around with it for just a few days and find it very useful for my purposes. I have used it on my Canon 100-400 mm and 70-200 lenses. They have an adjustable ring on them that attaches to the gimbal and helps compensate for small required adjustments. I have not had any problems leveling it. Any minor adjustments can be done in editing.

Thanks. I went ahead and picked up a less expensive model and will see how it goes. :-)
05/11/2021 11:54:58 AM · #16
Originally posted by vawendy:

they had a great deal on a tripod and the head a number of years ago. This is what I'm using.

gimbal and tripod combo


Looking at the tripod. Is it stable in a moderate wind?
05/11/2021 02:12:29 PM · #17
Originally posted by Elaine:

Originally posted by vawendy:

they had a great deal on a tripod and the head a number of years ago. This is what I'm using.

gimbal and tripod combo


Looking at the tripod. Is it stable in a moderate wind?


I haven't had any problem with it, but then again I only use it with my big lens.
05/16/2021 07:51:06 PM · #18
Ok -it turns out that the gimbal only had a one year warranty, and it was beyond that. I had accidently sent the invoice for a different oben product.

HOWEVER, I still say it's an awesome company, because they covered it anyway!!

Thanks, oben!!

05/18/2021 02:08:09 PM · #19
So happy -- received it today. Incredible service. highly recommend the company.
05/18/2021 02:40:26 PM · #20
Originally posted by vawendy:

So happy -- received it today. Incredible service. highly recommend the company.


So that really was an Oben & shut case, no?
05/18/2021 05:37:49 PM · #21
Originally posted by kirbic:

Originally posted by vawendy:

So happy -- received it today. Incredible service. highly recommend the company.


So that really was an Oben & shut case, no?


They were quite Oben minded about it.
05/18/2021 05:55:47 PM · #22
Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by kirbic:

Originally posted by vawendy:

So happy -- received it today. Incredible service. highly recommend the company.


So that really was an Oben & shut case, no?


They were quite Oben minded about it.


I just got mine about a week ago and I couldnít wait to Oben the box. Iíve been using it quite a bit.
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