When is the Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS Lens a featherweight? When it is mounted on a Wimberley Tripod Head II! If you are using a very large/heavy lens (300mm f/2.8 or larger), I highly recommend the Wimberley Tripod Head II and a solid tripod. ? ?When properly mounted on the Wimberley Tripod Head II, a heavy lens and camera body become nearly weightless to the photographer. Only two fingers are needed to move a setup such as the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS Lens mounted on a large camera body into position. ? ?Gimbal tripod heads such as the Wimberley Tripod Head II place the weight of the lens/camera setup below their pivot point. Thus, gravity pulls the setup into a level position. On the other hand, gravity attempts to cause the same camera/lens to flop over when mounted on a non-gimbal tripod head. ? ?Yes, many of the best non-gimbal heads (such as the Arca-Swiss B1 are rated for far more weight than my example lenses above. And they really can support the weight. But, you must fight against gravity when making adjustments. And if you don’t get everything tight, the lens can flop over into the tripod – with the potential for costly damage. And hold on tight if you are going to leave the mount loose for panning. Most of what I’ve said so far can also be said about the Original Wimberley Head. So why spend the money to upgrade if you already own the original Wimberley Head? To be honest, I was skeptical that a new version of the Wimberley Head would be worth an upgrade for me. But I am impressed at the changes Wimberley has made. The Wimberley Tripod Head II is a far more elegant solution to the problem solved so well by the original Wimberley Head. I have upgraded my kit with no regrets. READ FULL REVIEW AT DigitalPicture.com
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