Sunwayfoto have finally released their GH-01 heavy duty Carbon Fiber Gimbal head which we saw in the Sneak Peek of Sunwayfoto Heavy Duty Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head last August.
The final product has been improved and reinforced at many points. Nonetheless, some changes are obvious, while others are invisible to the end user. In any case the overall stability and balancing were improved.
Smoothness and fluidity of motion were good but now are even better giving the sense of really high end product. As we can see from the spec chart below it is relatively light due to the Carbon Fiber arm, yet with a high capacity for loads reaching 23 kg (50.7 lb)
The Gimbal Head
|Material:||Carbon Fiber / Aluminum|
|Base Diameter:||64 mm|
|Width of QR Plate:||80 mm|
|Mounting screw thread:||3/8"-16 UNC|
|Net Weight:||1.35 Kgr|
|Load Capacity:||23 Kgr|
The most obvious change, is something I had requested and comes out very nice and is the lens cradle clamp (or L clamp as called by Sunwayfoto), which has been elongated and reinforced.
Now longer lens feet as well as less usual combinations of lightweight camera with heavy lenses or vise versa; can be balanced more easily and clamped more securely.
Other changed concern the addition of safety stop screws at both ends of the vertical arm, in order to prevent the cradle from falling off when loosened.
|Sunwayfoto GH-01 Gimbal Head on the Sunwayfoto T2C40C CF Tripod.|
Detailed dimensions of all parts are displayed below with emphasis to the obviously enhanced quick release clamp.
|Sunwayfoto GH-01 Gimbal Head exact dimensions|
As I had said in the pre-production model preview, the GH-01 is a robust structure with a large and wide panning base which gives multi-point support to a thick J arm made of carbon fiber. The upper tilting rotator, the swinging arm, the lens cradle and all knobs are CNC machined from high density Aluminium.
Precision and quality fitting all over without any plastic or rubber parts whatsoever. Nonetheless, a full test of the final production model is planned. So keep tuned.
Mounted with Camera and Telephoto Lens
As I have already mentioned many times, the most important part in the design of a high quality Gimabal HEad is to allow for absolute balancing. It is imperative that a camera combined with a long and heavy lens can be balanced on its center of gravity.
|Sunwayfoto GH-01 Gimbal supporting a Nikon camera and large telephoto lens.|
In this way it will be able to move freely in all directions being able to follow a moving subject with fluid and smooth motion.Yet stay put in any position without the need to tighten the head knobs.
|Sunwayfoto GH-01 Gimbal wiht Nikon camera and large telephoto lens in tilted positions.|
Packing and Contents
The GH-01 comes in a padded nylon case with pre-cut foam for the head parts and accessories. The Gimbal Head is accompanied by a 80 mm long lens plate with ridge and 4 M3 safety screws with the appropriate size Allen wrench.
|Sunwayfoto GH-01 Gimbal comes in padded case.|
I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos by courtesy of Sunwayfoto ©2017
Price & Availability:
Introductory price for the GH-01 Gimbal Head is at US$ 390.00 (+Shipping where applicable) and at this time is available in limited quantities from Amazon or from eBay
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