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Gimbal Head Tripods and Monopods

A high-quality monopod or tripod is a must if you often need to take photos in low-light conditions or wish to use long exposure for astonishing effects. Stabilising your camera without a tripod or monopod is difficult. Even for the most motionless person, these devices also alleviate the burden of a heavy camera or a large lens, so you don't have to worry about compensating for awkward shapes and changes in your balance. Tripods and monopods differ from each other by the kinds of heads, attachments between the tripod and the camera they support. The gimbal head is just one popular head type.

What is a Gimbal Head?

The gimbal head is suitable for exceptionally large lenses, and unlike other tripod and monopod heads that support the camera, it supports the weight of the lens as well. In its design, a tripod or monopod with a gimbal head looks a bit like a seesaw. You can move the part on which you attach the lens, making shots from different angles a breeze.

Benefits of Gimbal Heads

Gimbal heads are perfect for wildlife photography, as nature photographers typically use large and heavy telephoto lenses for capturing animals that can move or fly in an instant. Gimbals take the weight off your hands and balance the lens and camera combination at the centre of gravity, thus providing exceptional balance. With a ball head or a pan-and-tilt head, the camera would soon be off balance and almost impossible to maneuver. Using a gimbal head, you get concurrent movement on both horizontal and vertical axes.

Features to Consider

High-quality gimbal head tripods and monopods must be extremely rigid and quite heavy to provide you stability. Gimbal head aluminium camera tripods and monopods are slightly lighter, as are carbon fibre models,, but you actually want a heavy device that can handle the load of a heavy camera and lens combo. For versatility, choose a gimbal head tripod or monopod with 360-degree rotation, so you can direct your lens at any angle and capture the local flora and fauna.

Monopod or Tripod

Whether to choose a one-legged monopod or a three-legged tripod for your photoshoots depends on your individual needs. If you need to move quickly and relocate to another spot, then a monopod is more comfortable, as it is easier to carry around. However, if you stay stationary most of the time, a tripod provides more stability. For versatility, you could have them both and use a tripod-monopod combo.

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