Specifically developed for use with very long lenses on Monopods. Key features: Friction base which enables the bracket to pan on Monopod, also can be used on a tripod. Two rubber hand grips plus rubber protection to prevent damage to lens when tilted to maximum. Variable centre height adjustment in three steps. This replaces the Bogen Manfrotto 3421.
Easily use long lenses on your monopod
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I purchased this lens support about five years ago. It has worked perfectly with no issues. As I have no experience with any Gimbal Mount I cannot compare this item to one. I can say that for my purposes, which are primarily hiking trails searching for birds and other wildlife, I have never felt like I need to get any thing else. I recommend the 393 without reservation. The movement is smooth and stable in all directions. The durability has been outstanding over the 5 years I have owned it. It is an outstanding product.
Performs as claimed, smooth, solid, and adjustable drag. Can be set to balance any camera and lens combination with appropriate foot/plate, one that allows the Arca-Swiss compatable foot to slide fore and aft in the 393's slide-adjustable, locking plate holder. Once balance is achieved, drag on the pivots can be set to provide one-handed movement, with the other hand holding a cable release, and having no drift upon releasing the guide hand from the camera/lens rig while tripping the cable shutter release immediately thereafter. Only reason I rated four stars versus five is due to weight and size; conversely, carbon gimbal heads cost twice as much. If cost is an issue, this is a good piece of equipment with which to start after having purchased a heavy prime or zoom lens as the ball head is not up to the task of both secure holding power and ease of movement at the same time.
I've never used a Wimberley gimbal head and after using this Manfrotto, I don't know why I would ever need to. It works perfectly with my D500 and Sigma 150-600 Sport, which together weighs about ten pounds. Maybe a Wimberley would be necessary if I had a heavier setup or regularly worked in harsh environments, but this is perfect for me. My camera quickly attaches and detaches and there's smooth action through its full range of motion. I'm able to track fast-moving subjects like birds in flight with no problem at all. The only issue I can see with this head is the finger screws on the sides have a tendency to work themselves out if you don't keep an eye on them and retighten them regularly.
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