We have used wood to cover the main support of our Gimbal-head. It is not just for an aesthetic purpose. Wood is also a noble material which allows a “warm” contact with the “balance head.” In addition, wood increases the dispersion of micro-vibrations, so there is nothing better for the use of long lenses in nature and sports.
You can choose among 4 different types of fine wood. Each type of wood has inspired our prototypes’ names:
–“Black Forest” in Wenge
–“Red River” in Red Cabreuva
–“Honey Mountain” in Afromosia
–“Stone Moss” in Incense Cabreuva
The choice is yours, but you should choose in tranquility, because wood is a living material, it breathed and lived for many years in the same natural areas where you are going through now . If it proves true that trees have souls, now some of that soul is with you and will have much to give you.
Thanks to the use of ergal and steel ball bearings with high resistance to movement, the structure is very stiff and solid. With its 1540 grams it is able to bear up to 30 kg without problems. The Gimbal – Wide Fox head is carved from a single block of ergal by CNC cutting.
Ergal is the aluminum alloy which shows the best resistance-weight relation of all of the conventional aluminum alloys. Our gimbal-head is made up by a specific type of ergal: titanal, which is able to reach a yield resistance of about 700 MPa (pure titanium 500 Mpa “only”).
Design and craftsmanship have been entirely performed in Italy, in the valleys of the Maritime Alps near Cuneo.
In our pack you will find the Gimbal Head, another wood cover provided for free (the type must be indicated at the moment of your order), an hexagonal key and a steel lever.
1) First you need to fasten the bottom plate “A” with your tripod’s head. To do that use the supplied lever by inserting it into the hole at the base of the balance head. We recommend a moderate tightening, do not overdo it, it would be useless.
2) Tighten the Arca Swiss type quick release plate at the base of your telephoto lens using the supplied hexagonal key. Even in this case we recommend a moderate tightening.
3) Release the grips: the tilting grip “B” and the panoramic grip “C”.
4) Now you need to fasten the telephoto lens to the balance head. Tighten the grip “D” until the telephoto lens base is perfectly fastened to the plate. By moving the lens foot back and forth you will be able to find the right balance of your tool. The tilting arm has to be perfectly vertical or perpendicular to the ground . It’s easy: the telephoto lens must not draw neither upwards nor downwards but be perfectly balanced.
5) The perfect system driving is achieved by raising or lowering the hooking plate “F” on the carriage of the tilting arm “E” in order to bring the lens’s central axis to coincide with the center of grip B’s axis. Now the lever ” G” can be tightened exactly in that point.