Benro GD3WH 3-Way Geared Head

Benro GD3WH 3-Way Geared Head

Benro GD3WH 3-Way Geared Head

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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • Height: 4.3"
  • Weight: 1.9 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible
  • 3 Independent Geared Precise Movements
  • Pull-Knobs for Quick Positioning
  • 3 Bubble Levels Ensure Accurate Leveling
  • Magnesium-Alloy Construction
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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 pull the knob outwards 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.

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Benro GD3WH 3-Way Geared Head
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty (Extended 2 Years with Online Registration)
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    Benro GD3WH specs

    Head Type Geared Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type Arca-Type
    Load Capacity 13 lb / 5.90 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 3
    Friction Control No
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Material Magnesium
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Vertical Tilt 0 to +90
    Panning Range 360
    Base Diameter 2.05" / 5.2 cm
    Dimensions H: 4.3 x W: 5.5 x L: 5.7" / H: 10.9 x W: 13.9 x L: 14.5 cm
    Weight 1.91 lb / 870 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 7.0 x 7.0"

    Benro GD3WH reviews

    GD3WH 3-Way Geared Head is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Real Estate Photography I'm glad I finally purchased this Geared Head, takes a little time to get familiar with it at first then I find it's very easy to level off you lines. I shoot with the FeelWorld F570 5.7" IPS 4K HDMI On-Camera Monitor B&H # FEFWF570 MFR # FWF570 on top of my camera and using the grid lines I find that just matching the vertical lines with you walls, windows or other straight line objects in you shot I find myself no even looking at the built in level on my camera. The Arca mount, well it's a little different you have to pull once you've unscrewed the knob to release the mounting plate. Wish it came with a lever locking clamp.
    Date published: 2018-10-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Super Geared Head For over a decade, I'd been using a Manfrotto 410 geared head. Over those years the 410's operation was getting harder, with the fine controls slowly growing tighter and "stickier." Well, realizing that nothing lasts forever, when Benro announced they were introducing a lightweight geared head, I was quite excited to get my hands on one. I've had it now for about a month and I have to say that it performs wonderfully, with my D810, RSS L-bracket, with 105mm and 150mm Macro lenses. Very positive control provides fine-tuning framing with ease. Highly recommend this geared head!
    Date published: 2018-09-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stable and precise, but a few issues In general I'm impressed with the precision and stability with a Sony A7RIII and heavy adapted lenses. Even using the pixel shift mode I'm not seeing any movement of the camera during exposures. The movements are precise, though the bubble levels are off a bit on my copy. My major gripe is the rotation knob interferes with the protruding level bump on my RRS leveling head. It would be nice if the rotation adjustment knob didn't descend below the bottom of the head's mounting plate. It also interferes with the legs on my larger Fiesol tripod's flat plate.
    Date published: 2018-10-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have I shoot real estate and had been looking into getting a geared head for some time now. I knew right away I couldn't justify buying an Arca-cube, but I still wanted Arca plate functionality for my L bracket. When this head was announced I eagerly awaited a preorder. It arrived just over a week now and Ive been using it constantly. The head is super sturdy, easy to use, and makes fine tuned adjustments for getting shots perfectly level vertically and horizontally. The time it will save from editing photos in lightroom is by far worth the investment
    Date published: 2018-09-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cheaper alternative for a geared head.... Been using Manfroto gear for years. Unfortunately, their stuff is utter garbage now. So I was in search of new tripod legs and an alternative to Manfroto for a geared head (other than the awesome-but-expensive ArcaSwiss). Saw this one was coming out so figured I'd give it a go. We do real estate photography and I do (personally) between 3-6 houses each day. Been using this for a couple of weeks now. So far, I'm impressed with it (for the price). Works well enough. Is lighter than the Manfroto Junior Geared Head. I don't know that it's quite as precise (not a huge issue for me). I'm not sure if I could drive nails with it like I'm pretty sure you can with the Junior Geared Head but the last 2 Manfrotos I've gotten have had so much play in them they were almost unusable. If you're looking for a good, less expensive alternative, this one seems to fit the bill. Could be built a little sturdier but I've not had any issues with it so far. Time will tell...
    Date published: 2018-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Precise adjustment is nice This is my first geared head so I can only comment on how this head has worked for me. I do a lot of landscape and urbex photography. Having the ability to fine tune your framing is very nice. The head is heavier than what I am used to (ball heads) but does not feel over heavy. The adjustment knobs do not feel too stiff when working them. The bubbles on my my copy work fine.
    Date published: 2018-12-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. This head is very practical for my food photogaphy. I can adjust with precision in any direction.
    Date published: 2018-10-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from One minor issue, otherwise I love it! I've only had the head for two weeks and only used it three times, so if feels too early to give it a proper review. All Arca mounts/plates don't appear to be created equal. I have mounting plates from four companies and the width of the mounts varies on all of them to the point that some of the plates work as expected on the Benro GD3WH head and some don't. Of the four plates, the one included with the Benro head is the narrowest. In particular, the Sunwayfoto PCL-5DIV Custom L-Bracket for Canon EOS 5D Mark IV doesn't fit properly to the point of concern. The base mount on their L bracket slides too snugly into the head after opening the Benro head to the extreme; the side mount works as expected. The Sunwayfoto mount works fine on my MeFoto Arca head. Not certain who the bad guy is here...Sunwayfoto or Benro (or both) in terms of implementing the Arca spec. Clearly Sunwayfoto is at fault for making an L bracket with different width mounts. The question at hand: Is the width of the Sunwayfoto Arca mount wider than the Arca spec specifies or is the width of the Benro Arca head narrower than the spec specifies? The "fix" to my issue was to spend 3x more for a Really Right Stuff L bracket when the build quality of the Sunwayfoto L bracket was otherwise excellent except for the inconsistent implementation of the mount widths. I don't know who's implementation of the Arca spec for the head (MeFoto or Benro) is at odds with the Arca spec, so I don't know if I should ding Benro or Sunwayfoto for the Sunwayfoto L bracket not working properly on the Benro head. Otherwise, I'm very happy with the Benro head thus far. Build quality is excellent. The movement of the gears is smooth and the head holds my Canon 1DX MII with 70 - 200 mm lens rock steady. Making fine-tuned adjustments is a breeze, which is important for my architecture photos. I'll update my review if my experience changes and will change my rating to 5 stars if someone can assure me that Benro follows the Arca spec and the others aren't.
    Date published: 2018-09-15
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