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Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2

B&H # JOBWGJ3K Mfr # BWG-J3K
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Product Highlights
  • Includes Removable Swing Arm (HM-J2)
  • Recommended Load: Under 10 lb (4.53 kg)
  • Arca-Swiss Compatible Quick Release
  • Rubberized Knobs
  • Standard 3/8"-16 Tripod Mount
  • Requires Arca-Swiss Type of Plate

Photographers looking for a high performance tripod head in a very small package will be thrilled with the Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2 from Jobu Design. This head has a one-piece hollow, cast, heat treated body making it extremely stiff. It is smaller, lighter, smoother and more compact than the earlier BWG-J2K head. Needle roller bearings allow smoother tilting under heavy loads and better adjustment of friction. Lockout force has been improved 200%, and overall durability has been improved in all aspects. The perfect travel companion, it has an overall profile of 9 x 8" (22.86 x 20.32cm) and easily fits into the small pockets of your existing bags.

Recommended for long lenses such as:

70-200mm F2.8/F4, 100-400mm zoom, 150-400mm zoom, 300mm F2.8/F4, 400mm F5.6, 400mm DO, etc.

Recommended load for lens and camera: less than 10 lb (4.53 kg) total.
Maximum capacity up to 15 lb (6.80 kg) for occasional use.
Rubberized knobs for cold and wet weather usage.
Maximum Load Recommended: Under 10 lb (4.53 kg) total
Maximum capacity up to 15 lb (6.80 kg) for occasional use
Tripod Mount 3/8"-16
Weight 1.4 lb (725 g)
Dimensions 9 x 8" (22.86 x 20.32cm)
Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2
  • HM-J2 Horizontal Mount Upgrade for JR-2 Gimball Head
  • Quick Release (Arca-Swiss Compatible)
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Jobu DesignBWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2
     
    4.7

    (based on 38 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (34)
    • Attaches firmly (33)
    • Large range of motion (31)
    • Strong clamp (27)

    Cons

    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife (31)
    • Sports/action (22)
    • Landscape/scenery (13)
    • Night shots (6)
    • Travel (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-pro photographer (12)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (33)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great for 300mm Wildlife Photography

    I use this with 300mm f4 and f2.8 lenses. Its stable, compact for the safari bag, and easy to use. I prefer a swing arm rather than side attachment when mounting on safari...Read complete review

    I use this with 300mm f4 and f2.8 lenses. Its stable, compact for the safari bag, and easy to use. I prefer a swing arm rather than side attachment when mounting on safari vehicles, for greater safety of the camera and lens. It can be a little slow to attach and re-attach though, because of the screw in lens foot attachment. A lever release would be quicker but potentially less secure. I took one star off because the build quality is not as good compared to the Really Right Stuff monopod that I pair it with. However, this Jobu Junior Gimbal Kit is lower cost and good value.

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    BAD DESIGN - WAST OF MONEY

    This is the worst design (Period). There is no customer support from the manufacturer - no phone number - they only respond through email which is after 48 hours delayed response.I order the...Read complete review

    This is the worst design (Period). There is no customer support from the manufacturer - no phone number - they only respond through email which is after 48 hours delayed response.I order the head - I had to pay $80 Extra for the plate - that was recommended by the Jobu Design company - it arrived with NO SCREWS (They cost extra $4) to attaché to the lens Nikon 400mm 2.8 - This is a VERY BAD DESIGN - TRUST ME - OR SIMPLY GIVE IT A TRY AND YOU CAN LEARN THE HARD WAY - guys at B&H are great and helped me the best they could but they are no match to the bad design of this product. I Do not recommend it this OVER PRICED AND OVER HYPED PRODUCT - POOR DESIGN POOR QUALITY AND IT SIMPLY DOES NOT WORK.

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    5.0

    Great Product

    By Jasper

    from Connecticut

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

      Love this thing, use with a Canon 300mm f4 and 70-200mm f2.8, my arthritic left shoulder thanks B&H/Jobu.

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      1.0

      BAD DESIGN - WAST OF MONEY

      By Sam

      from Louisville KY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Flimsy Construction

        Best Uses

          Comments about Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

          This is the worst design (Period). There is no customer support from the manufacturer - no phone number - they only respond through email which is after 48 hours delayed response.I order the head - I had to pay $80 Extra for the plate - that was recommended by the Jobu Design company - it arrived with NO SCREWS (They cost extra $4) to attaché to the lens Nikon 400mm 2.8 - This is a VERY BAD DESIGN - TRUST ME - OR SIMPLY GIVE IT A TRY AND YOU CAN LEARN THE HARD WAY - guys at B&H are great and helped me the best they could but they are no match to the bad design of this product. I Do not recommend it this OVER PRICED AND OVER HYPED PRODUCT - POOR DESIGN POOR QUALITY AND IT SIMPLY DOES NOT WORK.

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          4.0

          Great for 300mm Wildlife Photography

          By lknight

          from Singapore

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife

            Comments about Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

            I use this with 300mm f4 and f2.8 lenses. Its stable, compact for the safari bag, and easy to use. I prefer a swing arm rather than side attachment when mounting on safari vehicles, for greater safety of the camera and lens. It can be a little slow to attach and re-attach though, because of the screw in lens foot attachment. A lever release would be quicker but potentially less secure. I took one star off because the build quality is not as good compared to the Really Right Stuff monopod that I pair it with. However, this Jobu Junior Gimbal Kit is lower cost and good value.

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            5.0

            Excellent Long-Lens Platform for Fewer $

            By BillP

            from Utah

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

              If you use a long telephoto lens with a tripod foot, this will improve your ability to get sharp photos. This is particularly true for wildlife and sports photography as well as for other situations involving moving objects. This unit is extremely well-made, smooth in operation, and steady if you choose to lock it down. The unit can be easily converted to a side-mount gimbal, if you need to save a little weight. I use it with a 70-200mm lens with a teleconverter attached. For really heavy telephotos, you might want to consider the more expensive Pro2 unit.

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              5.0

              Strong yet portable

              By nerdpride

              from Virginia

              Comments about Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

              This thingbis strong and works great for Canon 70-200mm F2.8 and 300mm F2.8 lens. It can be put in the camera and lens backpack without comsuming too much of the space. It is light enough so that it does not both me to bring it on field trip.

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              5.0

              I would buy this product again and again

              By Tsurikichi

              from JPN

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

                I use this gimbal head in Powershot SX50 HS with the teleconvertor TCON-17X.
                The movement is very smooth.
                And this gimbal head is very light.

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                5.0

                Jobu = EASE OF SHOOTING

                By Bad Back Jack

                from LI NY & So. Florida

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

                  I use it with a Nikon 7000 & Sigma 50-500 mm and could not be happier.

                  Shooting Wildlife and Sports Action is so much easier with this head. Adjust up & down side to side smoothly and locks in place just as easily.

                  Would recommend this to everyone looking for a gimbal type head at a very reasonable price.

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                  5.0

                  Best piece of equipment ever

                  By Johan Louis

                  from Pretoria, South Africa

                  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 Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

                    Best piece of equipment I ever bought. Allows for free stable panning with wildlife, aircraft and sport photography. Increased my quality low s/s photos to get full propeller disks of aircraft by a good 80%.

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                    5.0

                    Quality construction

                    By Dsk8

                    from Colorado

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

                      Easy to use

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                      5.0

                      So far, its great.

                      By Lynn

                      from Klamath Falls Ore.

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

                        Using this gimbal head on a Gitzo monopod with a canon 1d and a 100/400 zoom. Lightweight head and I think it will be great with a larger lens also. I can follow wildlife quickly with it.
                        Getting better shots than hand held for sure.

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                        5.0

                        Great product for the money

                        By shotgun

                        from virginia

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

                            Nice build quality at a much lower cost. Perfect for my birding uses.

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                            5.0

                            great compact gimbal head

                            By Dave

                            from Missoula, MT

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

                              Perfect with Nikon D300/300mm f4 (pre-AF-s).

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                              5.0

                              It is everything I imagined it would be.

                              By Druber

                              from Kokomo,IN

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

                                I shoot a lot of images of "moving" wildlife and when balanced I can pan and tilt it exactly when and where I want it. Also works good with sporting events. When I use it with a Canon 100-400mm lens, changing the "zoom" perspective of an image also changes the focal length which in turn changes the balance a bit but most of the time it is not a problem. It is great for midsize telephoto lens.

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                                4.0

                                Good Gear

                                By Serval

                                from Sydney

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability
                                • Strong Clamp

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

                                    I bought the JobuJr3 for my wife and was keen to compare it to the Benro Gh-2 gimbal I already had.

                                    I have to say the Jobu Jr3 exceeded my expectations. For context we are using these on 70-200mm and 100-400mm. The Jobu is about 2/3 the length of the Benro and much lighter, so the Jobu will be my goto gimbal for hiking. Despite the Jobu's smaller size and weight it's still robust enough.

                                    The Jobu rotates well enough around both arms, however the friction control on the Benro is much better. Both are good enough.

                                    If you are into photo stitching it's important to note that both clamps do sit over the centre axis - something you would expect but can be difficult to ascertain from web shots sometimes.

                                    I was concerned that the base of the JobuJr3 looks a bit small and therefore may not be as stable on the pod, but it's fine. Although I think they could make it wider.

                                    For the price though Jobu should step-up and include a lens foot.

                                    Overall, a very good product.

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                                    4.0

                                    Really Amazing Product

                                    By Gallery K1

                                    from Chicago

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Firmly
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Strong Clamp

                                    Cons

                                    • Heavy

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

                                    I mainly use this head with my carbon fiber tripod. It works well. I shoot mainly wildlife and sports with this head. It was a lot stiffer than I thought and i didn't buy a quick release plate, but if you do it would be amazing.

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                                    4.0

                                    Swing arm for bird / plane pictures

                                    By John

                                    from seattle, wa

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Large Range of Motion

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Wildlife

                                      Comments about Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

                                      Got this specifically to aide with tracking and taking pics of birds. Work wonderfully. Only down fall is it is large to pack in my camera bag, but for the functionality worth it when you know you need it.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great product would buy this again

                                      By CBJPhoto

                                      from Southern California

                                      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 Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

                                        Currently using this with my 400 and 300 mm lenses.

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                                        5.0

                                        Why did I wait so long

                                        By Birdied

                                        from Louisiana

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Firmly
                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Large Range of Motion

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

                                            Don't know why I waited so long to get this gimbal head.
                                            I use with the 300mm f/4 . It is fantastic. Holds the lens steady, easy to readjust, pan or tilt.

                                            Much better than the ball head (another brand) that I had been using.

                                            Do not hesitate to get the BWG Jobu Jr. 3. It is worth every penny and then some !

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                                            5.0

                                            Well built and sturdy!

                                            By Fritz

                                            from Katy, TX

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                            • Heavy

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Sports/Action
                                            • Travel
                                            • Wildlife

                                            Comments about Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

                                            I only have a single Canon 100-200mm telephoto so I didn't need the more expensive models with the more quick height adjustment. The screws for the height adjustment may take a little more time but it simple to do once it's set, you're good to go. You can feel the quality in manufacture. A little heavy, but solid as a rock. The bearings are sealed agains weather and dust, need no maintenance and rotate very smoothly.

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                                            5.0

                                            Every thing I hoped for

                                            By elwrig

                                            from Southeast Idaho

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                            • None

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Wildlife

                                            Comments about Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2:

                                            I recently bought a 400mm f/4 super telephoto lens. I got good results using it on my old ball head. But with the Jobu Jr.3 gimbal head my images took a step change for the better. The Jobu feels solid and its movements are smooth. The tilt and pan knobs lock the lens in place when tightened. I have not detected any creep. This is my first gimbal head and it is everything I hoped for.

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