Gimbal mount for non collared lens

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  1. Don Kondra

    Don Kondra Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Greetings,

    I've been enjoying using a gimbal head vs a ball head so much I thought I would cobble together a mounting plate to use non collared lens on the gimbal mount.

    Normally a gimbal is used for long lenses with collars, you attach a plate to the collar and it fits into a clamp on the gimbal arm.

    The plates mounted directly on the camera with a non collared lens won't work.

    The beauty of a gimbal is the camera/lens is perfectly balanced on an arm that can swing in an arc vertically and turn horizontally, all with the touch of one finger...

    I had a spare collar plate and the quick release mount and plates from my Velbon ball head to start with. I balanced my short lenses on a piece of dowel to determin I needed a length of six inches.

    Pic's are easier...

    The wood adapter and hardware...

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    Assembled...

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    In use...

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    Side view..

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    I should mention that the gimbal model I am using is a Jobu Jr 2. It is made in Canada by Welcome to Jobu Design!

    Jobu Jr. 2 gimbal $250 (B&H)
    Lens plate ~ $50 (B&H)
    Velbon mount and quick release plate ~$70 (ebay)

    Jobu Design does make an adapter minus the quick mount plate for $120 that also allows you to do portrait mode shooting with non collared lenses.

    Without it you have to remove the swing arm and put the clamp in it's place, only four screws but....

    Hope someone finds this helpful.

    Cheers, Don
     
  2. Derrel

    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    Way to go MacGyver...err....I mean, way to go Don!!!!!!!!
     
  3. Don Kondra

    Don Kondra Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Thanks Derrel :)

    Couldn't be happier with the modification.... switch over is a breeze.

    Cheers, Don
     
  4. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Sweet! :thumbup:
     
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    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Cool modification and a lot cheaper than this alternative. :thumbup:
     

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