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

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

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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 12 lb
  • Includes Removable Swing Arm (HM-J2)
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release
  • Rubberized Knobs
  • Standard 3/8"-16 Tripod Mount
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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 ideal 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.
Load Capacity 12 lb (5.4 kg)
Tripod Mount 3/8"-16
Weight 1.7 lb (771 g)
Dimensions 9 x 8" (22.9 x 20.3 cm)
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)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Jobu DesignBWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2
     
    4.7

    (based on 43 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (35)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (34)
    • Attaches firmly (33)
    • Large range of motion (31)
    • Strong clamp (27)
    • Compact (5)

    Cons

    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife (31)
    • Sports/action (25)
    • Landscape/scenery (15)
    • Travel (8)
    • Night shots (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (24), Semi-pro photographer (13)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (36)

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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 [$] 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

    Awesome

    By Wayne

    from Richmond B.C Canada..

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I have really enjoyed using this Jobu Gimbal head...it is so smooth in motion..I look to many years of usage...thank-you so much...

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      • No

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      5.0

      Very Good Product!

      By Jun

      from Olathe, KS

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        It is light but strong enough for my 600 mm lens with monopod.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Smooth and Precise

        By Birder Bert

        from Fallbrook, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        This head is perfect for my compact birding equipment (Panasonic GH4 w/Lumix 100-400 and tripod collar, Induro 213 tripod). Finding and framing distant objects is a breeze and the camera doesn't wander when locked down. I liked my Wimberley II but it was oversized for my needs and the Jobu Jr.3 seems like a perfect match in quality. I have used the Jobu with and without its swing arm and both configurations work equally well. I might leave the swing arm off to save a few ounces.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
        • Similar:
        • Wimberley II Gimbal Head

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        5.0

        Amazing gimbal

        By Alex

        from Cincinnati

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

        I use this with my 400 mm. It's smooth, flows great, is light weight, and is all around an amazing gimbal head

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        5.0

        Solid design, solid function

        By Cathy

        from Bakersfield, Ca

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

        After purchasing the Tamron 150-600 lens for my 7D mk2 I quickly realized this combination would not work well on my traditional ball head. Took the newly installed Jobu Jr.3 out to a local park to shoot some birds. Love it! The head feels solid, works smoothly. Couldn't ask for anything more. Went out to a wildlife reserve last night and came home with some good shots made possible by the gimbal head. As long as your gear combinations fall within the weight limit, this head should work for you too.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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          • No

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          (1 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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 [$] 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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                • No

                Share this review

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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                  • No

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                    • No

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                      • No

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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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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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                          • No

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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                            • No

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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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                                • No

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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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                                  • No

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                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  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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                                    • No

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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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                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        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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