Benro GH5C Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head with PL100LW Plate

Benro GH5C Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head with PL100LW Plate

Benro GH5C Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head with PL100LW Plate

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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 66 lb
  • Height: 9.7"
  • Weight: 2.4 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible
  • Height-Adjustable Platform
  • 360° Rotation with Independent Pan Lock
  • Tension Knob Controls the Tilt's Drag
  • Carbon Fiber and Aluminum Construction
  • Vertical and Panoramic Scales
  • Includes PL100LW Quick Release Plate
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$399.00
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Handle your telephoto lens smoothly and effectively with the Benro GH5C Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head with PL100LW Plate, which is an optimal tool to use when photographing with lenses that are hard to manage because of their large size. The 9.7" gimbal head can support equipment up to 66 lb, making it easier to track a fast-moving subject such as in sports or wildlife photography.

The aluminum-constructed platform is Arca-type compatible and height-adjustable, which balances the lens on the head when you rotate or swing the lens on its axis. The arm can swing to point the lens up or down, and the tension control knob adds drag to the arm's swing. At the same time, the head rotates a full 360° and locks into place with its independent pan lock. Additionally, vertical and panoramic scales are located on the head, so you can duplicate a setup.

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Benro GH5C Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head with PL100LW Plate
  • PL100LW Quick Release Plate
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty (Extended by 2 Years with Online Registration)
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    Benro GH5C specs

    General
    Head Type Gimbal Head
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type Arca-Type
    Load Capacity 66 lb / 29.94 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 1
    Friction Control Yes
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Material Aluminum, Carbon Fiber
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Panning Range 360
    Physical
    Dimensions H: 9.7" / H: 24.6 cm
    Weight 2.4 lb / 1.1 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.02 x 11.02 x 4.2"

    Benro GH5C reviews

    GH5C Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head with PL100LW Plate is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Benro GH5C Won't mount securely on tripod I was shopping for a good quality Gimbal head and decided on The Benro GH5C CARBON Fiber GIMBAL HEAD. It is a new product and there were no reviews I could find but decided to take a chance and purchased it. It came in really nice and substantial packaging and appears to be of high quality. The action both horizontal and vertical are very good. I am using it with a Sigma 150-600 Sport. The PL 100 plated included is adequate, but a longer plate would be nice. To Balance my 150-600 at the midpoint of about 400mm, I have to off set the plate on my lens collar with about 1 inch overhanging and also extend the mounting plate on the gimbal so about 40% of it is extended beyond the mount. Everything appears to be pretty secure, but a longer plate would allow full 100% with both the lens collar and the gimbal. All this is no big deal and I would probably give this a 5 start if not for a one fatal flaw: The threaded tripod mounting hole is recessed too far in gimbal head. I have a Manfrotto 055CX tripod (that does not allow the mounting screw to be adjusted). The Head mounting screw extends about inch above the tripod and is adequate to securely mount other heads I have and do use such as Manfrotto ball heads, Sirui ball heads, borrowed wimberly gimbal heads, and my nodal ninja head. All these heads mount with 2-3 full turns of the head engaging the tripod screw threads. However with the Benro GH5C it falls onto the tripod almost flat to the mounting plate and I am only able to get about a turn before it is locked down. Seems secure and I played around with it a bit in my living room this way, but I am not confident it is securely mounted. At best it is probably only grabbing about 1 thread on the screw. I had nightmares of my camera and lens along with the gimbal head popping off as I am walking across a parking lot....just don't want to take a chance so returning this head. Since INHO this makes the head unusable I am only giving it 2 stars. Maybe it's my tripod that's the problem here but I don't think so as all the other heads mount just fine and 1/2 inch of exposed screw should be ample to mount the head.
    Date published: 2018-09-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Benro GH5C Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head with PL100LW Plate This Gimbal Head is extremely well made and works smoothly and positively - everything it is advertised and more. Bit disappointed in the delivery - even though the UPS email said I would have to sign for it I found it laying in plain view at my front door when I returned home. Good job this is a quiet neighborhood or it would have been gone without a trace.
    Date published: 2018-09-20
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