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Jobu DesignBWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2
 
4.7

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (34)
  • Attaches firmly (33)
  • Large range of motion (31)
  • Strong clamp (27)
  • Easy to use (11)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife (31)
  • Sports/action (29)
  • Landscape/scenery (18)
  • Wildlife photos (10)
  • Travel (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (28), Semi-pro photographer (15), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (43)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Smooth and Precise

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...Read complete review

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.

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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

Loving my new gimbal head!

By Crabby

from SC

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    This gimbal head is great when using my biggest lens. Gives more stability and is easier to manage than the ball head I have. It is especially great for wildlife and landscapes, as well as portraits.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Works well.

    By Just another Photographer

    from Tucson, AZ

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

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

      Works well, solidly built. Panning control on bottom could have more range of resistance.

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      5.0

      Very good value for a gimbal

      By Fred

      from Philadephia suburbs

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        Having researched some of the alternatives, I believe that this gimbal may be the best value on the market. Well made, easy to operate. Just be certain your total camera/lens combo is less than the rated weight load. Very impressed, very happy.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect for 150-600 Sigma/Tamron

        By JeffG

        from Allen, TX

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        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:

          Glad I found and bought this gimbal head instead of the Wimberly! It's smaller, lighter, and a more appropriate size for my camera/lens. Besides being a lot less expensive! The quality and construction is top notch. Very smooth motion. If you need a gimbal for the Sigma/Tamron 150-600, this is the one for you. Check out my photo. You'll need a 5 inch mounting plate to balance when extended to 600mm. I bought a 4 inch plate and will return it for a 5 incher.

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          5.0

          Great product and service in shop

          By Planetearth

          from United Kingdom

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Using for wildlife photography with a canon 300mm f2.8 brilliant gamble

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              an absolute must have

              By justaclick

              from Huntsville, AL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                I use this Gimbal Kit with my 100mm-400mm lens to capture birds in flight, its great to capture every angle with the great swing and performance this product has. I also use the Jobu Jr. with my 180mm macro lens.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Gimbal Kit .... with a Great price

                By Guy with a camera

                from South Florida!

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  Works Great with my Sigma 150mm- 600mm lens & Nikon D810!

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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.

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                      • 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 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                      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 of 33 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.

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                            • No

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                            (3 of 3 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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                              (4 of 4 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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                                  (6 of 6 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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                                    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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