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Jobu Design BWG-HD3 Heavy-Duty MK III Black Widow Gimbal Head

B&H # JOBWGHD3 Mfr # BWG-HD3
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You Pay: $539.00
Product Highlights
  • Bears Loads Up to 25 lb
  • Supports 600mm f/4 Lens with DSLR Body
  • CNC-Machined Swing Arm
  • Smooth Tilting Action
  • Adjustable Friction
  • Arca-Style Quick-Release Clamp
  • Lighter Design than Predecessor
  • Weighs Only 2.6 lb

The BWG-HD3 Heavy-Duty MK III Black Widow Gimbal Head from Jobu Design has been redesigned from previous generations to be stiffer and lighter than its predecessors. Perfect for nature photography with long lenses, the BWG-HD3 puts less strain on your shoulder as you lug your gear, while eliminating more of the vibrations that can plague shots captured at long focal lengths.

Comfortably supporting large DSLR bodies and telephoto lenses as large as 600mm f/4.0, the Heavy-Duty MK III gimbal carries with it all the key features and functions of earlier gimbal heads, such as horizontal mounting (which eschews the stress on the lens that's caused by side-mounting), a CNC-machined aluminum swing arm, and all-weather, glove-friendly rubberized knobs.

Another main area of enhancement is the head's action. The tilt axis now enjoys a needle bearing system that removes friction from the all-important tilt motion. On the flipside of that coin, the main tilt knob now enables you to adjust the friction level to find your own personal sweet spot for motion control. A tripod that can handle at least 25 lb is reccommended to minimize vibration.

The BWG-HD3 is only 2.6 lb – 2 oz lighter than its predecessor
The CNC swing-arm is upgraded with a solid-billet aluminum horizontal arm, offering fantastic stiffness and improved vibration control for big lenses
Jobu Design has implemented a needle bearing system – similar to the one found on its Jr.3 – to offer unparalleled smoothness in the tilt axis. Even with a large load of camera and lens, there is virtually zero friction
Easily adjust friction levels with the main tilt-knob to find the sweet spot for motion control
Rubberized knobs are comfortable and easy on the hands, and they offer a good grip under cold and wet conditions
Powder-coat finish on the main body and black anodizing on all the aluminum parts make for long-term durability
Load Capacity 25 lb (11.4 kg)
Quick Release Arca-style
Spirit Level No
Tension Control Yes
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Height Not specified by manufacturer
Maximum Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Weight 2.6 lb (1.2 kg)
Jobu Design BWG-HD3 Heavy-Duty MK III Black Widow Gimbal Head
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Jobu DesignBWG-HD3 Heavy-Duty MK III Black Widow Gimbal Head
     
    5.0

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Large range of motion (7)
    • Stable (7)
    • Strong clamp (7)
    • Attaches firmly (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife (7)
      • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • Sports/action (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Quality

      By Tucson

      from AZ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Jobu Design BWG-HD3 Heavy-Duty MK III Black Widow Gimbal Head:

        Very well made! Smooth operation, not to heavy but you know you have quality and that gives you piece of mind when a $ lens is attached! This Gimbal Will last a lifetime.

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        5.0

        Should have bought this a long time ago.

        By Ramled

        from Victoria, BC, Canada

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Price

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Jobu Design BWG-HD3 Heavy-Duty MK III Black Widow Gimbal Head:

        I have had other tripod heads and this one blows them all away. I use this for bird and wildlife photography. I mount it on an Induro Carbon Fiber tripod. I mount a Canon 6D or 7D with my Sigma 120-300 F2.8 and sometimes with a 2X extender which weighs in excess of 10lbs. and the Black Widow MK II handles it smoothly and efficiently. The think I like most is that I can tighten the pivoting knob and lock it in position for carrying and when I release it the head moves smoothly, works great for panning birds in flight. The only negative would be price and the fact that it doesn't come with an Arca style quick release plate, that has to be purchased separately.

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        5.0

        Perfect balance and simplicity

        By Dan

        from San Diego, Ca

        About Me Pro Photographer

        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-HD3 Heavy-Duty MK III Black Widow Gimbal Head:

          I use the Jobu Black Widow for all my long lens shooting. It easily handles the weight of all the big Canon lenses. Well designed and simple to use. Perfect balance and fluidity makes tracking a breeze. I wouldn't dream of using anything else… AAA+ Product

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Piece of Equipment

          By Lloyd

          from Pasadena, Texas

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          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-HD3 Heavy-Duty MK III Black Widow Gimbal Head:

            Everything about this gimble head is top notch. It moves like butter and is very stable. The only thing I would suggest to improve it is to put the clamping knob for the verticle slider on the other side. It is in the way when you have a shorter lens on and need to push the camera a little farther forward to balance.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent gimbal head

            By Jim R from Boston

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Jobu Design BWG-HD3 Heavy-Duty MK III Black Widow Gimbal Head:

            Light weight yet very stable. Great construction

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            5.0

            Great Head!

            By Bill

            from Woodbridge, Virginia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • easy to use
            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Jobu Design BWG-HD3 Heavy-Duty MK III Black Widow Gimbal Head:

            Great for holding camera rock steady. Holds my 7d and 400mm lens along with 1.4 extention. Havent found anything I dont like. Knobs are large enough to grip and lock down. Pivots easially to desired position

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Solid Gimbal Mount

            By Mike

            from Chgicago, IL

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Jobu Design BWG-HD3 Heavy-Duty MK III Black Widow Gimbal Head:

            I do lots of wildlife photography with a 400 mm telephoto and need a stable mount that permits rapid tracking. Tried a cheaper ginbal mount from another manufcturer, but was less than happy. The Jobu is rock solid; it swivels and tilts effortlessly and without a hint of play in the bearings. My only complaints are its weight (but I'm happy to put up with that for the stability) and the fact that the friction/locking knobs are a touch sensative.

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