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Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head

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Product Highlights
  • Modular Design
  • Ball Bearing Motion
  • Setup/Travel Knob
  • Arca-Type Quick Release Base
  • Lens Plate Required

The Custom Brackets CB Gimbal is a gimbal-type tripod head that is similar to others in function, yet offers several innovative improvements. High-quality ball bearings used for the pan and tilt movement ensure smooth operation. This also means that the assembly never needs lubrication.

The CB Gimbal follows a modular design, meaning that it can be fully disassembled for travel purposes. A convenient setup/travel knob allows for easy locking of the lens (for when used during pan only operation). It can also be used to lock the swinging arm in place when traveling.

This Gimbal design with a horizontal swinging arm is especially useful for large telephoto lenses, like a 400mm f/2.8, 500mm f/4, or 600mm f/4 lens. It allows the entire weight of the camera and lens combination to be hung rather than balanced. By re-orienting the mounting clamp to a horizontal position (rather than vertical sidemount), it allows for a much easier way of installing the lens. In addition, it removes all the shear stress from the lens-collar on telephoto lenses.

Arca-Type Quick Release System
A lens-specific "lens plate" is required. You can use the GLM-1 plate (for 500mm & 600mm) or the GLM-2 plate (for 200mm, 300mm, 400mm lenses) offered by Custom Brackets. In addition, the Arca-Swiss type quick release base allows it to be used with any of the many "Arca-Swiss type" plates, available from Arca-Swiss, Foba, NPC, Novoflex, etc.
Horizontal Lockout Knob
The horizontal tilt motion can be locked out for complete safety. Whether for transporting over the shoulder, or for changing cameras without removing the lens, the lockout knob will stop the head from moving.
Ergonomically Designed Knobs
All knobs are aluminum and captive, leaving no chance of losing or breaking them.
Panoramic Base
The calibrated panoramic base of the head allows for easier use with stitching software.
Maximum Camera Supported All telephoto lens/camera combinations
Load Capacity Any 35mm camera with even the longest telephoto lens
Height 9.75" (24.7cm)
Quick Release Yes (Arca-Swiss type)
Spirit Level Yes
Tension Control Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"
Weight 3.4 lbs (1.5kg)
Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head
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    5.0

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (14)
    • Attaches firmly (13)
    • Large range of motion (13)
    • Strong clamp (13)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife (13)
      • Sports/action (11)
      • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • Night shots (5)
      • Travel (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      5.0

      NICE!

      By Wayne the Curmudgeon

      from Southern California

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

          I wanted a bracket to use for a 95mm birding scope, scope with digiscoping camera, and telephoto camera lenses. The CB Gimbal fits the bill perfectly.

          With my pan/tilt head, the equipment was often unbalanced, and there was a lot of play getting subjects centered.

          With the CB Gimbal, I just move the equipment to the desired view and turn it loose. Everything stays in place.

          The bracket is a clever design with three Arca type clamps that allow vertical/horizontal optimization, and provides a a way to remove or disassemble the bracket for travel.

          In addition to the three Arca clamps, there are separate knobs for lock and drag for both the vertical and horizontal movements. Another nice feature is a tilt locking lever for use when placing equipment into the bracket and balancing.

          Yep...costs a bit. And worth it.

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          5.0

          Great product

          By Gregg

          from Tallahassee, FL

          Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

          The Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head is extremely well made makes the Nikkor 500mm/4 much easier to use.

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          5.0

          Custom Brackets CB Gimbal head.

          By The Teal Guy.

          from Ocean City, New Jersey

          Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

          This was a Christmas present to myself: so I haven't had a chance to use it yet. Also; an FLM Leveling base was ordered to use with it temporary on a Gitzo #GT3531 carbon fiber tripod. But the leveling base is still on Backorder! I ordered this Gimbal because I really liked the take-down/take-apart feature of it so that it will easily fit into a regular sized tripod bag with the Gimbal base plate still on it! I also liked the idea of the arm lockdown feature to balance & change lenses on it. The workmanship & design, quality materials & anodizing appears to be excellent. If it works out as well as I'm hoping: it will be transferred over to a Gitzo Systematic Ocean Series 5 carbon fiber tripod with a leveling base plate, as soon as I can save up enough money for this SUPER expensive Rolls Royce/Bentley of carbon fiber tripods! The Series 5 setup will be used with a Nikon 400mm F2.8 & a Nikon 600mm F4 lens & Nikon D3s body. I will then purchase a Sirui carbon fiber Gimbal to use on the Gitzo #GT3531 tripod, and use this setup as my lightweight: kind of walking all around in the field & wetlands Gimbal setup. (I guess a pretty lofty goal if I can pull it off?). I've always lived by: It's better to have overkill/too much. and not need it. Then to not have enough on location and need more! It's too late then to not have the overkill needed! [Whether it be quality workmanship & material's, rigidity, Max. load bearing weight, strength to weight ratio, whatever?]
          Reading the reviews on this CB Gimbal before hand helped in choosing this Gimbal for my Birding photography work.

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          5.0

          Awesome Product

          By Ron M

          from Oklahoma City, OK

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

            Very well made, operates smoothly, assembles and disassembles easily and quickly. Makes shooting long lenses effortless.

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            5.0

            Just what I needed

            By Morlux

            from Illinois

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife

              Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

              I just started shooting birds in flight. Was having no luck hand held and only minimal success with a ball head. This has been the greatest. As far as build goes, it is awesome and works great. The only other one that I have tried was a friends whimberly head, I found I like the CB better and it is way easier to back.

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              5.0

              Great product

              By Hoss

              from near Pittsburgh ,Pa

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Everything About This Uni
              • Good Stability
              • Great Unit
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

                This is a great product!!! Very smooth motion! I have only had it a short while and wish I would have bought it sooner! Sure there are all sort of knock offs out there. But you get what you pay for and when you start putting your gear on it I don't want to risk my gear to some elcheapo knock off!!! I love how you can set the drag on both horizontal and vertical axis! Made in good old U.S.A. Workmanship is great Very nice finish Easy to install!!! If you are looking for a gimbal head look no further!!!! This is the one you want!!
                I have used it for birding and plan on using it at the drag strip soon!!!
                This is one product that you will not be disappointed in!!!!

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                5.0

                Heavy Rig - This is the head for you!

                By Walt

                from Oklahoma City OK

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Great Damping System
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Strong Clamp
                • Trouble Free

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

                  I have had the CB Gimbal Tripod Head for about three years. Prior to that I had tried a couple of others without much satisfaction. Once I put this head on my Tripod I knew I had made the right decision.

                  Currently, I shoot with a Canon 1Dx and a Canon 500mm telephoto with a 1.4 extender. This is a fairly head combination of lens and camera. The CB Gimbal handles the load easily.

                  I love the flexibility of this head. I keep the rig balanced on the head and use limited pressure on the damping system. This allows me to pan easily and smoothly to capture those fast moving raptors. I love to shoot fast birds and this rig makes it as easy as possible.

                  Don't waste your time and money looking for the cheap solution as you will be disappointed. Just pay the price once and you will be much happier down the road.

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                  5.0

                  Great Accessory for Telephoto Lens

                  By Steve

                  from Eastern Shore, Maryland

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                  • Insufficient Tripod Clamp

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Shots
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

                  This is an exceptionally useful accessory for heavy telephoto lenses. Easy to mount, adjust and use. Allows precise and smooth movement in 2 planes essential for wildlife photography.

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                  5.0

                  Love this Gimbal Mount

                  By greig@ighphoto.com

                  from Salt Lake City

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

                    I had purchased two "low-cost" gimbal heads previously. Not satisfied with either one. I was torn between CB's and Wimberly's head. I decided on CB's and couldn't be happier. Lens does not move as you tighten clamps!!! Couldn't be smoother for panning. Rock solid once you tighten. Ability to balance lens with limited motion (safety feature) is GREAT! Should have bought this mount first. No comparison to cheap knock-off's.

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                    4.0

                    Very pleased

                    By Dj

                    from Hawaii

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

                      I shoot surf photography and this gimbal head supports my 500mm f4 and 7d just fine. I need to get a carbon tripod though, there is a little torsion flex that is not the gimbals fault. This head has friction knobs that the wimberly does not and I found them useful. Both heads work very well and it a toss up, this head has more adjustments and can be broken down.

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                      5.0

                      This is a great product

                      By White Oak

                      from Iowa

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

                          This is a great tripod head that works just great.

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                          5.0

                          Fantastic gimbal

                          By Daniel Morris

                          from Charlestown, MA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

                          I did a lot of gimbal research. For something this expense, holding something else that is even more expensive (Nikon 400mm f/2.8 VRII), you want to make the right decision. This gimbal is all you can ask for. Being able to break this down into component parts makes this easy to pack and store. I worried about rigidity with all the pieces, but I didn't need to. It is rock solid. Steel ball bearings are incredibly smooth with the lens mounted. Effortless movement. The captive drag knobs are all excellent. And the stabilizing lever is something all gimbals should adopt. It keeps things in place while you adjust, change bodies, etc. Best gimbal on the market and a real value at its price.

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                          5.0

                          I love it

                          By Patrick

                          from South Florida

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to transport
                          • Modularity
                          • Safety lock
                          • Strong Clamp
                          • Very smooth movements

                          Cons

                          • Not very fast to setup

                          Best Uses

                          • Birds in flight
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

                          I spend a few weeks going through all the review of the different gimbal and I eventually settled on this model. I'm really happy with it so far and I have no regrets.

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                          5.0

                          Sweet Gimbal!!

                          By WStratton

                          from Sunny Iles, Florida

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

                          Nearly all the versatility of a Really Right Stuff Gimbal at a fraction of the cost. Exactly what I needed for pano and landscapes.

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                          5.0

                          This gimbal head is first rate.

                          By thebleeper

                          from Detroit Michigan

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • Secure
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Bird shooting
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

                            I use this head to support a 400 f/2.8 nikon lens. It is a heavy lens and requires a solid tripod. This CB Gimbal is everything the other reviewers said it was. I took their word and it is the way to go. You must move slow and set it up properly taking care to tighten all the knobs. If not you can do a lot of damage due to the leverage and weight of the lens. The design and tooling is top grade pro equipment. There are others on the market but I don't see how they could be any better than this.

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                            5.0

                            Now why didn't I think of this

                            By RWBDMD

                            from Blythewood, SC

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Large Range of Motion
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

                              For many years I have enjoyed the benefits of gimbal heads while using my 500mm f4 lens. You really need a gimbal for large flop prone lenses. The CB Gimbal Head exceeds my other gimbals in terms of smoothness but also has the incredibly usefull locking mechanism which makes carrying your equipment worry free. The gimbal can be broken down into 4 flat pieces which easily fit into the side pouch of a long lens bag even leaving room for a large flash! I couldn't be more pleased.

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                              5.0

                              Gimbal head by Custom Brackets

                              By Pete from San Jose

                              from San Jose, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • All-round SUPERB design
                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion
                              • Strong Clamp

                              Cons

                              • See my comments - minor

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

                              I agonised between buying the Wimberley or the Custom Brackets gimbal head for use with my AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 ED VR lens on my D3 body. I was able to handle a Wimberley in a local pro photographer supplier (while awaiting delivery of the lens - from B&H, of course), but was not able to actually use it. It felt nice, but I was eventually swayed in favour of the CB by the fact that it can be easily reconfigured and dismantled for packing.

                              I could not be more happy with the CB! It is an exceptionally well designed device. Although I ordered both the GLM-1 and GLM-2 lens plates, I have found the Kirk KILP46 lens plate, that is specifically for the lens mentioned above, to provide a FAR better solution than either of the CB plates with the foot which is shipped with the lens. This is due to the height of Nikon's foot being some 1-1/2ins too great, which causes the C of G to be slightly above the tilt axis of the gimbal. This causes the lens+camera body to be slightly unstable. However, Kirk's replacement foot for the lens (KILP46) eliminates that problem altogether and mates directly with the clamp of the CB Gimbal. The one-piece KILP46 provides the necessary Arca-Swiss dovetail directly yet still provides a comfortable handgrip for the lens.

                              I cannot imagine any gimbal arrangement being better. It is smooooooth, very solidly constructed, easily dismantled and superbly stable. I am extremely pleased that I opted for the added functionality of the CB gimbal rather than the Wimberley.

                              If I were pressed to come up with something negative about this gimbal, it would be the fact that the center of the lens mounting plate is not directly above the rotational axis, but that really isn't much of a criticism at all...

                              I wholeheartedly recommend the CB gimbal.

                              Afterthought: B&H is by FAR my favourite supplier. I have NEVER had any problem whatsoever during my frequent dealings with them...

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                              5.0

                              Amazing Gimbal

                              By Steve D

                              from Austin, TX

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion
                              • Setup Lever
                              • Strong Clamp

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports/Action
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

                                Super strong and amazingly smooth thanks to its use of precision roller bearings, this is about as good as it gets when it comes to a full Gimbal head.

                                Add in a modular design (makes it much easier to pack, plus you can use the upright section on its own to use with your ball head) makes it even better.

                                However probably the best feature is the Setup Lever: I recently had this gimbal setup and balanced with a Nikon 200-400mm lens, and wanted to add a flash. Flipped out the Setup Lever (limits the movement of the arm to about 10 degrees), added the flash bracket and flash gun, which moved the center of gravity up and forwards. On just about any other Gimbal this would have resulted in the lens/camera flopping forward quite fast when I released the arm if I wasn't ready to catch it, and then would have to rebalance the setup with one hand while the other supports the off-balance lens. However with the setup lever on the CB Gimbal there was virtually no movement and no risk at all of my lens flopping forward and getting damaged. Very easy to rebalance, then flip the Setup Lever back out of the way and you are ready to go.

                                Solid 5 stars, if you are looking for a full Gimbal head, this is about as good as it gets, and a joy to use.

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                                5.0

                                A Great Gimbal -- Also Cool!

                                By Jeff

                                from New York, NY

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Pack
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Close -ups
                                  • Nighttime
                                  • Special Events
                                  • Tote Along
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

                                  I've been considering a gimbal tripod head for about a year, since I got my Canon 300 2.8 lens. I found it wasn't that steady on the ball head that had served me well with all my other glass.

                                  You probably have to experience a gimbal-telephoto combo to really appreciate it, so what I'll say here is that it's true what they say; i.e. you can really adjust the heaviest telephotos with precisely with a feather-light touch.

                                  What makes the CB stand out for me is that it's modular -- making it easier to find a place for in my already crowded equipment bag, and lighter than comparable gimbals. And the innovations, like the drag adjustment knobs, are IMHO really useful and not just "bells & whistles."

                                  To sum up -- I really like the CB gimbal and expect to be using it for a long time. If you use telephotos, it's worth a serious look.

                                  But don't get rid of your ball head -- you'll need to keep it since the gimbal only gives you pan and tilt movement.

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                                  5.0

                                  A Great, Innovative New Gimbal

                                  By Jeff

                                  from New York, NY

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Close -ups
                                    • Fast Action
                                    • Nighttime
                                    • Special Events
                                    • Tote Along
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Custom Brackets CB Gimbal Tripod Head:

                                    I've been looking at gimbal heads for about a year since getting my 300 2.8 lens and, even though I often hand-hold it, it was sometimes hard to control on the ball head I'd always used. I looked at all the gimbals and found the CB is the newest and most innovative. And the innovations are truly useful -- for example the drag adjustments make it easy to position a lens with precision and because it's modular it's fairly easy to pack, even in my already-full equipment bag. The CB is also lighter than any of the other, older-design gimbals.

                                    Since the gimbal only works on a lens-moutned tripod collar, you'll want to keep your existing head, but that's fine because the gimbal only pivots and moves vertically; it doesn't let you rotate the camera.

                                    My bottom line is, I looked at all the available gimbals and I prefer this one. If you have a long lens and haven't used a gimbal head -- you're in for a treat when you try this one.

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