ProMediaGear GKJr. Katana Junior Aluminum Gimbal Head with C60 Side Clamp

ProMediaGear GKJr. Katana Junior Aluminum Gimbal Head with C60 Side Clamp

ProMediaGear GKJr. Katana Junior Aluminum Gimbal Head with C60 Side Clamp

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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 22 lb
  • Height: 9.75"
  • Weight: 2.4 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible
  • Side Mounting Clamp
  • 360° Pan with Independent Pan Lock
  • 3/8"-16 Tripod Mounting Thread
  • Sealed Ball Bearings
  • Large Control Knobs
  • Made in the USA
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ProMediaGear GKJRC overview

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The GKJr. Katana Junior Aluminum Gimbal Head with C60 Side Clamp from ProMediaGear is a lightweight, aluminum gimbal head designed with the traveling sports or nature photographer in mind.

The Katana Junior's black anodized aluminum frame has been precision CNC machined to remove every ounce of unnecessary weight. This new super-strong yet hollow frame weighs an easy-to-carry 2.4 lb while maintaining the ability to support up to 22 lb of gear.

In this variation of the Katana Junior, the cradle clamp has been completely removed from the head and replaced with an ultra-compact C60 side-mounting Arca-type compatible clamp. This configuration still enables full lens tilting but without the swinging arc of the cradle arm.

From a functionality standpoint the Katana Junior functions the same as any common gimbal head, with fluid movement on both the 360° panning axis and the floating tilt. Both axes may also be locked separately via large aluminum control knobs which are easy to grip even when wearing gloves.

With the expectation that the user will likely subject the Katana Junior to the rigors associated with the great outdoors, the head has been designed to be extra durable to ensure maintenance free operation. Its hard anodized aluminum coating makes the entire frame scratch and nick resistant, preventing the likelihood of creating reflections that might alert wildlife to your presence. Additionally, the head's fluid joints use sealed ball bearing cases which make them considerably less susceptible to corrosion or malfunction due to moisture, dirt, and debris. It is also worth noting that the Katana Junior is designed and constructed right here in the USA.

UPC: 609456714471
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ProMediaGear GKJr. Katana Junior Aluminum Gimbal Head with C60 Side Clamp
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    ProMediaGear GKJRC specs

    Head Type Gimbal Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Quick Release Plate Type Arca-Type
    Load Capacity 22 lb / 10 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 1
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Material Aluminum
    Dimensions H: 9.8 x W: 3.1" / H: 24.7 x W: 7.8 cm
    Weight 2.4 lb / 1.1 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.3 x 9.2 x 4.3"

    ProMediaGear GKJRC reviews

    GKJr. Katana Junior Aluminum Gimbal Head with C60 Side Clamp is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fine piece of equipment. Won't regret buying it. This is the only gimbal head I own, but I have compared it to a friend's Wimberly which seems to be the top gimbal out there. Here are my observations: 1. It is well built with a very nice finish & quality feel. 2. Operation is super smooth and it pivots and pans effortlessly. Better than the Wimberly IMO. 3. The knobs allow a good range of adjustment to dial in the perfect amount of tension to allow movement in any direction while holding your camera in position if you let go. More range of tension adjustment than the Wimberly IMO. 4. Price is much lower then Wimberly (even if opting for the more expensive version with the full bird swing. 5. Weighs almost a full pound less than the Wimberly. 6. Slightly smaller due to angular design vs. the curved design of the Wimberly. 7. When you tighten either tension knob for a lockdown shot, it changes your framing a bit. So you have to try and move it to compensate while tightening. This could be annoying and the only drawback to this head that I see. The Wimberly does not do this. So the only negative I see is when doing a lockdown shot. It isn't a big deal to me since the whole point of a head like this is to have freedom to move quickly. Most people use a head like this for action such as sports or wildlife in which case you wouldn't usually tighten it down. And when you dial in the right tension, it stays put even when not locked down. But it could be an issue if shooting in windy conditions or if getting perfect, precise framing is needed. Another note - I opted for this cheaper version without the full bird swing. I like that it pivots right on the central axis of my setup vs swinging towards or away from me. Just a personal preference.
    Date published: 2018-02-16
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