Oben GH-30 Gimbal Head

Oben GH-30 Gimbal Head

Oben GH-30 Gimbal Head

B&H # OBGH30 MFR # GH-30
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 44 lb
  • Height: 9"
  • Weight: 3.2 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible
  • 360° Pan with Independent Lock
  • Ideal for Sports or Wildlife Photography
  • Balance and Maneuver Large Tele Lenses
  • 3/8"-16 Tripod Mounting Socket
  • Plate with Two 1/4"-20 Mounts & Bushings
  • Numbered Scales for Repeated Set Up
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Oben GH-30 Overview

  • 1Description

Balance and maneuver large telephoto lenses effortlessly with the Oben GH-30 Gimbal Head. An ideal support for sports and wildlife photographers, this head is capable of handling a 44 lb payload and allows fluid movement on both vertical and horizontal axes. Because of the head's independent pan lock and 360° range of movement, it allows you to capture fast-moving objects.

Lens Compatibility
70-200mm f/2.8 or f/4, 100-400mm, 150-600mm, 300mm f/4, 400mm f/5.6, 200-500mm, and other similar-sized lenses
Weight Capacity
The gimbal head can support, balance, and maneuver large telephoto lenses that weigh up to 44 lb
Smooth and Fluid Motion
Whether shooting birds, wildlife, or sports, the fluid motion and friction control built into the arm allows you to move your camera smoothly and effortlessly along either axis while tracking the subject
Arca-type Mount
The Arca-type compatible plate has two 1/4"-20 threaded mounts, but they are also supplied with two 3/8"-16 bushings
360° Panning with Independent pan Lock
The 9" tall head rotates a full 360° and locks into place with its independent pan lock
Duplicate Set-Ups
Numbered scales are located on the clamp and on the swing arm, so the telephoto lens can have a repeated set up on the gimbal head
Threaded Tripod Mount
The gimbal head mounts directly to tripods with a 3/8"-16 threaded mount, but a reducer bushing can be utilized for smaller 1/4"-20 threads
Material of Construction
The gimbal head is made of aluminum and weighs 3.2 lb
UPC: 847628007345
In the Box
Oben GH-30 Gimbal Head
  • Quick Release Plate
  • 2 x 1/4"-20 Mounting Screws
  • 2 x 1/4'-20 to 3/8"-16 Bushing Adapters
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Oben GH-30 Specs

    Head Type Gimbal Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male & 3/8"-16 with Bushing
    Quick Release Plate Type Arca-Type
    Load Capacity 44 lb / 19.96 kg
    Number of Bubble Level(s) None
    Friction Control Yes
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Material Aluminum
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Panning Range 360
    Dimensions H: 9.0 x W: 9.3" / H: 22.9 x W: 23.6 cm
    Weight 3.2 lb / 1.45 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.705 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.4 x 10.2 x 3.1"

    Oben GH-30 Reviews

    GH-30 Gimbal Head is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 45.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Smooth But Heavy I mostly use the GH-30 Gimbal on a Goben carbon fiber monopod and sometimes on my aluminum Goben tripod. The vertical and horizontal motions are very smooth. I also like the location and feel of the tension knobs which you can adjust without seeing. The Gimbal feels surprisingly heavy particularly when paired with the carbon monopod. I often have to hike long distances while shooting birds so the weight of the gimbal just adds to the equipment load. A carbon fiber gimbal would be nice but I probably could not afford it. Also I got the inexpensive extension plate recommended by by B&H and it works great balancing my 200-500 Nikon zoom lens + my 1.4 multiplier.
    Date published: 2018-07-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very fluid but arca clamp inferior Have only used it once with Canon 5D4 and 70-200 2.8L lens. The pan and tilt operation is very good...smooth and fluid. It is a bit stiff except when slightly tightened but perhaps that will loosen a bit with use. The big issue is the Arca Swiss clamp. It is poorly made and only clamps tight on 2 of my 7 Arca clamps (4 camera bodies and 3 long lens). The plate that came with the gimbal works ok. But others do not. As the clamp is tightened, it tilts and only has limited contact with the plate. Photos attached...I think I will return it, but as I live in Panama it will be costly (I had it shipped to Miami, then to my home in Panama). Maybe B&H will give me 5 extra plates that actual work with the clamp??
    Date published: 2018-07-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Gimbal Really Swings! I always wanted a Gimbal to do my bird photography but some of the other brands were out of my price range. When I saw this Oben Gimbal, I thought that the price was right and I'd give it a try. Boy, was I happy I did. I can't describe how much easier it is to track and accurately shoot birds in flight when you don't have to bear the weight of the camera. I shoot with a Canon 7D and the Canon 100-400mm lens. I would recommend this to any amateur photography enthusiast who doesn't want to spend a great deal on Gimbals.
    Date published: 2018-04-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent gimbal for the price! Great for stills, okay for I have been looking for a gimbal head for a while and I am happy with this gimbal. It has very large knobs that are easy to grip, measurement markings on the side and on the base and is very well built. I do feel it could be a little more fluid as I like to film shorebirds and when you need to pan, you have to apply a bit more force to overcome friction which results in the footage jumping. I could probably solve this with some better grease on the bearings but I have not explored this yet. For still photography, this gimbal is perfect for me.
    Date published: 2018-06-10
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do not buy, grease inside leaks and is difficult to clean! At first I was very happy with this product but over the last few months Ive noticed that my hands would get sticky just from holding the joint areas. It seems there is a silicon like glue or grease inside that lubricates the joints but it sticks to skin and fabric and is difficult to clean. After a trip photographing Snowy Owls, I brought it home, placed it on my couch in my office and didnt come back until a few days later. Come to find a nice grease stain on my couch where the gimbals grease leaked onto my couch. Im now trying to clean this cushion and its not working out very well. This grease issue absolutely ruins this product for me.
    Date published: 2019-01-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from OBEN Does it again GH-30 is out of the park Oben GH-30 Well over the last week I put the Oben GH-30 thru macro photography, landscape, birding, photo stacking and of course photo stitching with a series of perfectly lined up extreme wide angle photographs. My observation with macro photography is that with tripod legs the Oben GH-30 is solid platform with very smooth motion. It performed flawlessly with pano, landscape, and stacking, but birding this gimbal was so easy to track flying objects. Comparing what I am used to, Oben BC-139 Ballhead the Oben GH-30 seems so free in motion for shooting moving objects in flight. I am sure tracking horizontal moving subjects like race cars is a snap. ? Pros So Solid Has many pro aspects sports and shooting wildlife Extremely smooth Fantastic with my Sigma 150 to 600mm and my Canon EF 70-200 ? Con; A bit heavy for travel until setup
    Date published: 2018-05-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should have bought a Gimbal Head Sooner I have been researching Gimbal Heads for over a year. ?Although I knew I wanted one, I found the cost of most of them to be rather high. Then the Oben GH-30 came along at an excellent price. ?I have had an Oben Monopod for several years and have always been impressed with its quality. ?This Gimbal Head is of the same fine quality. ?It is well made, easy to set up (The manual that comes with it is just wonderful. ?I am terrible at reading instructions and I was able to follow this manual without a hitch.) ?and works like a dream. It is so smooth. ? The controls are very to use. ?I have a Canon 5D Mark IV with the Canon 100-400mm lens. ?I photograph birds mainly and love to shoot freehand for maximum flexibility. ?But my gear is pretty heavy and has been taking a toll on my body. ?With this Gimbal Head, it is almost like shooting freehand but with no strain on my wrists, arms, and shoulders. ?I just love it. ?On the advice of a few people including the fine folks at B and H, I did purchase ?a larger plate. ?I bought the?Desmond DPC-140 Long Lens Quick-Release Plate (140mm). ?I did this as the barrel of the Canon 100-400 extends out. ?The longer plate gave me more range balancing the lens when extended out to near 400mm. ?This plate is not expensive at all. ?And I love the Arca Swiss system. ?Up until now I have been using the quick release plates by Manfrotto on my Manfrotto 3 way tripod head. ?The Arca Swiss system is so much nicer. ?At 3.2 pounds, the head is a bit heavy and bulky to pack if one is thinking about travel. ?But I love it so much that I will definitely find a way to fit it into my carry on luggage. ?I cannot see myself going back to my other tripod head. ?I should have bought this sooner. So if you are longing for a Gimbal Head and want some great quality at a very reasonable price, I can highly recommend the Oban GH-30.
    Date published: 2018-05-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great piece of equipment, but ... This is a great piece of equipment, but why would the manufacturer not include a quick release plate that fits a wider range of pro lenses? The plate included does not fit the collar mounting foot on a Canon 600 mm f4 IS lens. The included literature event states "fits most lens collars." So, Oben, if you are engineering a product for the pro market why not engineer a more universal plate and include it? I had to purchase an additional plate of another brand. Again, great product! Just include what one needs to use it.
    Date published: 2018-07-14
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    What lens plate do I need to order for a Tamron 150-600 G2?
    Asked by: Arvind R.
    You do not need to order any plate. The Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di USD G2 comes with a tripod collar with a built-in Arca-Swiss foot that will slip right into the shoe on the head. If you have other tripod plates, and so that we may best assist you, please email us at prophoto@bhphoto.com.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    How many inches long is the quick release plate? Is a longer one available?
    Asked by: Donna
    The included quick release plat is approximately 2 long. Here is a longer one. 3.6 x 1.5 x 0.5 (92 x 38 x 13 mm) Really Right Stuff L84 Multi-Use Fore-Aft Plate with 1/4 -20 Screw B&H # REL84PLATE.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-12-13


    What is the tilt degree +/- range for this gimbal?
    Asked by: Arvind R.
    With no camera attached it moves vertically both pointing up or down. Not helpful but it is capable of that range. I imagine the distance is a bit variable and depends how it ends up balancing. The vertical balance setting raises and lowers the mount and if it is set so the mount is very low, in order to balance, or you have a teleconverter extending the length, also may change the balance point, you could have a problem. My camera with a 400mm prime focus L series Canon lens balances perfectly at 34mm and will go vertical though I have never used it in that position. I have yet to use in a macro setting and that lens is shorter, 100mm, so it would balance at a different setting. I haven't had this mount long enough to really test its limits. For nearly horizontal shooting it is remarkably smooth and solid and when fine tuning it a few degrees up or down it just stays where you aim it! This is a bit of a ramble so maybe someone who has used extensively can be more concise.
    Answered by: James T.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    I purchased this head last December, and recently ...

    I purchased this head last December, and recently it started to ooze a thick grease from the base and over the top of my Gitzo tripod. Has anyone else had this problem? is there a way to correct this?
    Asked by: brent
    I have this exact same issue with the GH-30 I purchased. Panning horizontally was also very stiff, especially in cold temperatures. So much so that panning to the left or counter-clockwise would loosen the gimbal from the tripod. The manufacturer is willing to refund the purchase price or offer a replacement when the revised version of the GH-30 is available. The manufacturer did not know when the revised GH-30 will be available. If there's a way to fix it, I would be interested in knowing how you would do that. Good luck!
    Answered by: Paul
    Date published: 2019-03-27

    How do you attach a flash bracket?

    How do you attach a flash bracket?
    Asked by: Penny

    Will this quick release plate work on a Nikon ...

    Will this quick release plate work on a Nikon 200-500 telephoto lens?
    Asked by: Anonymous


    Do both pivots use ball bearings?
    Asked by: Robert
    Sorry. I dont know. (Seems like the manufacturer could answer that question.). But I am very pleased with the gimbal head. Julia
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2018-10-24

    I just used this gimbal head for the first time ...

    I just used this gimbal head for the first time in cold weather. It was super stiff. Is there a way to remedy the stiffness?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Same issue, no solution other than return it. Mine was so stiff, rotating counter-clockwise would unscrew it from the tripod.
    Answered by: Paul
    Date published: 2019-03-27
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