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Jobu Design BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter

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Jobu Design BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter

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Product Highlights

  • Stiff CNC Milled Main Arm
  • Ultra Smooth Tilt Mechanism
  • Adjustable Variable Tension Settings
  • Light and Small
  • Small Form Factor
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The BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter from Jobu Design will balance your SLR or DSLR camera plus telephoto or macro lens at their natural center of gravity, giving you much improved balance and functionality compared to using only your ballhead. This adapter is for lenses with rotating tripod collars, such as a 70-200mm zoom, a 400mm telephoto, or a 180mm macro lens.

The lens must be fitted with an Arca-Swiss-style dovetailed lensplate (not included--Jobu Design NX lensplates are recommended), and an Arca-Swiss style of ballhead with panning base (not included) is also required. Ballheads that use a thumb screw-type quick release (not a cam-lever) to ensure proper engagement and attachment of this product are highly recommended. The panning quality of this gimbal type setup fully depends on the quality of the ballhead used. With the BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter and a high-quality ballhead, you can easily move a 600mm lens using just one finger!

Stiff CNC milled main arm--the Micro is machined from solid 6061-T6 billet aluminum and finished in hard anodized aluminum.
Extreme stiffness for a small gimbal head
Needle roller and thrust bearings in the tilt axis provide smooth and controllable motion and easily set friction settings
Rubberized knob for cold and wet weather usage
Easily adjustable variable tension settings for tilt-drag
Light and small--15 oz (420 g)
Small form factor--fits in small bags (8 x 4 x 2.5") without taking up much room, so it's easier to pack
Simplifies your kit--convert any Arca-Swiss style of ballhead to a fully functional gimbal head, without tools, and without the need to carry a second tripod and separate full size gimbal head
Warnings and Technical Requirements
We highly recommend a very good quality ballhead with smooth and free-moving panning motion for this product. A cheap ballhead that is very stiff in panning will make a lousy gimbal head.
Ballheads that incorporate push-button safety catches in the Arca-Swiss clamp will generally NOT WORK with this product.
Make sure your ballhead has a very securely attached quick-release clamp and ball. Some ballhead clamps are attached with only a single flimsy screw that makes the clamp pivot on the ball itself. This may lead to damage or failure of the ballhead. Again, we stress that a high quality ballhead is mandatory.
We do not recommend using Cam-Action quick releases with the BWG-M1. Although we very precisely match the RRS quick release clamping system in profile, we cannot guarantee that all cam-levers will actuate in the same tolerance range in every situation. We highly recommend Arca-Swiss style clamps with regular screw-knobs.
Ballheads with Manfrotto, Bogen, or other Round, Hex, Square or proprietary clamping plates WILL NOT WORK with the BWG-M1. We do not recommend stacking adapters to make your own system.
UPC: 705105671178
Construction Machined from solid 6061-T6 billet aluminum and finished in hard anodized aluminum
Load Capacity 10 lbs (4.53 kg)
Weight 15 oz (420 g)
Dimensions 8 x 4 x 2.5" (20.32 x 10.16 x 6.35 cm)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.3 x 4.5 x 4.5"
Jobu Design BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter
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    Jobu DesignBWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter
     
    4.3

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Fits well (5)
    • Improves tripod function (5)
    • Solid/sturdy (5)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife (6)
    • Travel (4)
    • Sports/action (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

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    4.0

    Solidly built product

    By Chauncey

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fits Well
    • Improves Tripod Function
    • Solid/Sturdy

    Cons

    • Alignment Issues

    Best Uses

      Comments about Jobu Design BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter:

      I use this device with a Micro Four Thirds camera. The Jobu ballhead adapter has a straight arm which puts the camera to the right of center of my ball head. Since I am using a M43 camera it is light enough even with the telephoto lens (Zuiko 40-150 plus teleconverter) that there is no issue with the offest alignment. With a larger camera it might be an issue, and I would recommend the Waverly style adapter which has the proper offset. Yes, the Waverly costs lots more. All in all this is a great product for the $$, but it may not work optimally in your situation. Jobu build quality excellent.

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      4.0

      Valuable piece of gear, and value-priced

      By IndustryOutsider

      from Utah

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fits Well
      • Improves Tripod Function
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Jobu Design BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter:

        My main subjects are product photography for an outdoor site, and wildlife photography. I was looking for a way to make my Canon 100-400 and Sigma 150-600 a bit easier to handle when shooting in low light, or for long periods of time. Traditional gimbals are great, but can be pricey, especially since I would only be using it occasionally. So I looked at the options that would work with my existing Acratech ballhead. Although the Wimberley Sidekick and Induro GHBA were both in my budget, the Jobu Micro was the smallest, lightest, and lowest priced. At B&H, I found the lowest price, plus free shipping.

        So there's price and weight, plus it takes up only a little space in my bag when not in use. Set up takes no time at all. Flop the ballhead over, tighten it down, and slide the Micro into the clamp. Snug it down, then carefully place your lens in the gimbal. You'll need to carefully slide it back and forth to find the balance point, which will change with zoom lenses, but this product is for someone who doesn't mind a little compromise. Once balanced, I can pan and tilt smoothly, or lock it in place when needed. I did have to order a 120mm plate for my 150-600, but that was expected.

        To date, I have used it for wildlife photos with great results. Night time exposures of several seconds came out sharp too. Overall, I have no complaints, other than the fact that it can be a tight fit with some lenses. If you use a battery grip, you may have to slide your lens so far forward, there is little room to get a solid grip on the camera body. But you can still hold it and hit the shutter release. Other than that, it's very solid and smooth to use. I'll probably upgrade to a full gimbal, and keep this for when I am backpacking, or just want to travel light.

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        3.0

        Jobu Gimbal Adapter

        By Ceewell

        from Washington State

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well
        • Improves Tripod Function
        • Solid/Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Wildlife

          Comments about Jobu Design BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter:

          I returned the Jobu gimbal adapter without using it because, in particular, the clamping mechanism didn`t look as robust as a Wimberley or Kirk clamp for supporting heavy lenses. But this is just a personal opinion.

          The product is well made and nicely finished, but after seeing it I think it would be better suited to something like 80-200 zoom lenses, rather than the Nikon 300mm f2.8 VR I was planning on using. I ended up spending the extra money for a Wimberley Sidekick. Wimberley rocks.

          As always, B&H customer service was top notch and the exchange went smoothly. Thank you B&H.

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          5.0

          Good ballhead add-on and an easy carry

          By Tom L.

          from Marietta, GA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fits Well
          • Improves Tripod Function
          • Solid/Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Jobu Design BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter:

            I use this with a Markins Q-10 ballhead. I use the system to mount a Sigma 150-500 lens. I use this rig primarily for birding. The system works exactly as needed and expected. The mechanism is smooth and the adapter is small enough for easy airport carry. I also us the adapter and the ballhead for my spotting scope and it works great too. I did have to get a suitable mount plate for the spotter though. For now, this works great for me.

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            5.0

            Micro indeed!!

            By Newvusa

            from Woodbridge, NJ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fits Well
            • Improves Tripod Function
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Jobu Design BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter:

              This is definitely a great mini/micro gimbal, ala sidekick. A high-quality ballhead, I repeat, a high quality ball head is needed and you'll have a very stable camera/lens setup(10 lbs and under). It's very portable, well built,and smooth tilt function. Highly recommended!!

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              5.0

              Excellent product

              By Peter

              from New York City

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Jobu Design BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter:

                  If you already have a good (I stress good) ballhead and don't want to spend a fortune on a Gimbal head, and your equipment wights under 10 pounds, this is the way to go. I've had mine for almost a year and love it. I use it with a 400 mm DO + teleconverters, a 50D body, and a flash unit without any problems.

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                  4.0

                  use with arca p0

                  By Haddock

                  from Switzerland

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Jobu Design BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter:

                    this gimbal adapter feels sturdy enough to carry the heaviest lenses. I plan to use it with a 300mm 2.8 + teleconverters. I use arca p0 for leveling and pan and a do-it yourself rail ( a rail with clamp mounted vertically on end) to support the micro gimbal. low extra weight and price for the gimbal option.

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