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Benro GD3WH 3-Way Geared Head

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Benro GD3WH 3-Way Geared Head
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • Height: 4.3"
  • Weight: 1.9 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible
Accurately position your camera with the 4.3" tall GD3WH 3-Way Geared Head from Benro, which has three independent geared movements that move with precision by turning the knob in slow increments. To quickly position a camera without the gears, simply turn the inner wheel counter-clockwise, which releases the clutch, to move the camera into the desired angle.
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Benro GD3WH Overview

Accurately position your camera with the 4.3" tall GD3WH 3-Way Geared Head from Benro, which has three independent geared movements that move with precision by turning the knob in slow increments. To quickly position a camera without the gears, simply turn the inner wheel counter-clockwise, which releases the clutch, to move the camera into the desired angle.

The 1.9 lb Arca-type compatible head is constructed from a durable magnesium alloy, and its carbon steel and bronze gears provide smooth operation. With the head's load capacity of 13.2 lb, it can hold a mirrorless to medium format camera with ease, and the three bubble levels ensure accurate leveling of the camera in any axis.

Benro GD3WH Specs

General
Head TypeGeared Head
Base Mount3/8"-16 Female
Camera Mounting Screw1/4"-20 Male
Quick Release Plate TypeArca-Type
Load Capacity13 lb / 5.9 kg
Number of Bubble Levels3
Friction ControlNo
Independent Pan LockYes
MaterialMagnesium
Pan & Tilt Range
Vertical Tilt+90° to 0°
Panning Range360°
Physical
Base Diameter2.05" / 5.2 cm
DimensionsH: 4.3 x W: 5.5 x L: 5.7" / H: 10.9 x W: 13.9 x L: 14.5 cm
Weight1.91 lb / 870 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.125 x 6.875 x 6.8"

Benro GD3WH Reviews

Not just for landscapes.

By Brian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-26

I decided to try this in my studio after getting frustrated with making small adjustments with my ball head camera mount. Perfect for shooting headshots and product photography.

Perfect 3 Way Geared Head

By Brian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-24

This is a great 3-Way Geared Head. It's steady and secure, and unlike other grand brands, it gives you the ability to tighten any wobble that may develop down the road.

Geared Head

By Stephen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-08

This is my first gear head and it is great for lining up the shot.

Almost perfect

By Takanori
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-06

The price was one of the appealing factors for my case. I do architectural and real estate, and I was comparing other geared heads like Manfrotto 410. I heard Benro is more durable. And I took the chance, ordered the used one from B&H. So far I'm quite happy about this. The precision adjustment works really well for horizontal camera positions. It's great and saving me tons of time for perfect adjustments of my larger cameras like canon 5D III or Nikon D610. Only one complain is the vertical positions - one of the gears become useless when you bring the camera down for vertical positions. I need to come up with another solution like a tripod that goes vertical.

Good performance at reasonable cost

By Glenn
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-09

This is a very stable and precisely adjustable head for a reasonable cost. I'm very happy with it.

handles rub my tripod base

By Fred
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-11

It could have more elevation from the base; the gear handles rub my tripod base.

Fantastic head for composing your subject with precision!!!

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-21

I love this head. First time I've ever used a geared head and can't believe how much it helps with framing my subjects the way that I want them. It slows me down some but I think in landscape photography that is a good thing. Wish I had bought one years ago. Benro has a winner here and I'm really enjoying it. Thanks Benro and thanks B&H for continued great service.

Head wobbles after some months of use

By Stephen
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-04

I also bought this geared head at the beginning of 2019 for use for real estate photography. After about 10 months of use, the head developed a notable wobble in-use and it is now useless for the application I purchased it for as it wobbles between frames when I shoot brackets for shooting real estate interiors; this means my brackets cannot be aligned properly in Photoshop. It is not serviceable nor repairable, so once it goes, which it will, you're hosed. You're better off buying a Manfrotto 405 or 410, which can be serviced and repaired with replacement parts.

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