Jobu Design BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter

Jobu Design BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter

Jobu Design BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter

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  • Stiff CNC Milled Main Arm
  • Ultra Smooth Tilt Mechanism
  • Adjustable Variable Tension Settings
  • Light and Small
  • Small Form Factor
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Jobu Design BWG-M1 overview

  • 1Description

The BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter from Jobu Design will balance your SLR or DSLR camera plus telephoto or macro lens at their natural center of gravity, giving you much improved balance and functionality compared to using only your ballhead. This adapter is for lenses with rotating tripod collars, such as a 70-200mm zoom, a 400mm telephoto, or a 180mm macro lens.

The lens must be fitted with an Arca-Swiss-style dovetailed lensplate (not included--Jobu Design NX lensplates are recommended), and an Arca-Swiss style of ballhead with panning base (not included) is also required. Ballheads that use a thumb screw-type quick release (not a cam-lever) to ensure proper engagement and attachment of this product are highly recommended. The panning quality of this gimbal type setup fully depends on the quality of the ballhead used. With the BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter and a high-quality ballhead, you can easily move a 600mm lens using just one finger!

Stiff CNC milled main arm--the Micro is machined from solid 6061-T6 billet aluminum and finished in hard anodized aluminum.
Extreme stiffness for a small gimbal head
Needle roller and thrust bearings in the tilt axis provide smooth and controllable motion and easily set friction settings
Rubberized knob for cold and wet weather usage
Easily adjustable variable tension settings for tilt-drag
Light and small--15 oz (420 g)
Small form factor--fits in small bags (8 x 4 x 2.5") without taking up much room, so it's easier to pack
Simplifies your kit--convert any Arca-Swiss style of ballhead to a fully functional gimbal head, without tools, and without the need to carry a second tripod and separate full size gimbal head
Warnings and Technical Requirements
We highly recommend a very good quality ballhead with smooth and free-moving panning motion for this product. A cheap ballhead that is very stiff in panning will make a lousy gimbal head.
Ballheads that incorporate push-button safety catches in the Arca-Swiss clamp will generally NOT WORK with this product.
Make sure your ballhead has a very securely attached quick-release clamp and ball. Some ballhead clamps are attached with only a single flimsy screw that makes the clamp pivot on the ball itself. This may lead to damage or failure of the ballhead. Again, we stress that a high quality ballhead is mandatory.
We do not recommend using Cam-Action quick releases with the BWG-M1. Although we very precisely match the RRS quick release clamping system in profile, we cannot guarantee that all cam-levers will actuate in the same tolerance range in every situation. We highly recommend Arca-Swiss style clamps with regular screw-knobs.
Ballheads with Manfrotto, Bogen, or other Round, Hex, Square or proprietary clamping plates WILL NOT WORK with the BWG-M1. We do not recommend stacking adapters to make your own system.
UPC: 705105671178
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Jobu Design BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter
  • 5-Year Limited Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Jobu Design BWG-M1 specs

    Construction Machined from solid 6061-T6 billet aluminum and finished in hard anodized aluminum
    Load Capacity 10 lbs (4.53 kg)
    Weight 15 oz (420 g)
    Dimensions 8 x 4 x 2.5" (20.32 x 10.16 x 6.35 cm)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.3 x 4.5 x 4.5"

    Jobu Design BWG-M1 reviews

    BWG Micro Gimbal/Ballhead Adapter is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Jobu Gimbal Adapter I returned the Jobu gimbal adapter without using it because, in particular, the clamping mechanism didnt look as robust as a Wimberley or Kirk clamp for supporting heavy lenses. But this is just a personal opinion. The product is well made and nicely finished, but after seeing it I think it would be better suited to something like 80-200 zoom lenses, rather than the Nikon 300mm f2.8 VR I was planning on using. I ended up spending the extra money for a Wimberley Sidekick. Wimberley rocks. As always, B&H customer service was top notch and the exchange went smoothly. Thank you B&H.
    Date published: 2015-08-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solidly built product I use this device with a Micro Four Thirds camera. The Jobu ballhead adapter has a straight arm which puts the camera to the right of center of my ball head. Since I am using a M43 camera it is light enough even with the telephoto lens (Zuiko 40-150 plus teleconverter) that there is no issue with the offest alignment. With a larger camera it might be an issue, and I would recommend the Waverly style adapter which has the proper offset. Yes, the Waverly costs lots more. All in all this is a great product for the $$, but it may not work optimally in your situation. Jobu build quality excellent.
    Date published: 2015-11-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Wimberley Sidekick is a better choice I bought the Jobu Design Gimbal/Ballhead adapter to use on my hiking tripod with smaller lenses or spotting scope. I already have a Wimberley Sidekick on my main tripod for a Nikon 500mm f/4 lens. The Jobu is smaller, less expensive and would have been lighter except I found I needed to add the ADPT-M1 offset adapter, which weighs 8.8 oz ($29), to better center the total load over the rotation axis. I think most people would also need this. The Sidekick can carry up to the heaviest load without an offset adapter-- the Jobu is limited to 10 lb total. The Jobu still suits my purpose and costs less than the Sidekick, so I will keep it, but I rate the Sidekick much higher overall. Also, the holes in the vertical part of the Jobu are not circular, but square and larger, making the vertical less stiff.
    Date published: 2016-12-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Valuable piece of gear, and value-priced My main subjects are product photography for an outdoor site, and wildlife photography. I was looking for a way to make my Canon 100-400 and Sigma 150-600 a bit easier to handle when shooting in low light, or for long periods of time. Traditional gimbals are great, but can be pricey, especially since I would only be using it occasionally. So I looked at the options that would work with my existing Acratech ballhead. Although the Wimberley Sidekick and Induro GHBA were both in my budget, the Jobu Micro was the smallest, lightest, and lowest priced. At B&H, I found the lowest price, plus free shipping. So there's price and weight, plus it takes up only a little space in my bag when not in use. Set up takes no time at all. Flop the ballhead over, tighten it down, and slide the Micro into the clamp. Snug it down, then carefully place your lens in the gimbal. You'll need to carefully slide it back and forth to find the balance point, which will change with zoom lenses, but this product is for someone who doesn't mind a little compromise. Once balanced, I can pan and tilt smoothly, or lock it in place when needed. I did have to order a 120mm plate for my 150-600, but that was expected. To date, I have used it for wildlife photos with great results. Night time exposures of several seconds came out sharp too. Overall, I have no complaints, other than the fact that it can be a tight fit with some lenses. If you use a battery grip, you may have to slide your lens so far forward, there is little room to get a solid grip on the camera body. But you can still hold it and hit the shutter release. Other than that, it's very solid and smooth to use. I'll probably upgrade to a full gimbal, and keep this for when I am backpacking, or just want to travel light.
    Date published: 2015-08-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good ballhead add-on and an easy carry I use this with a Markins Q-10 ballhead. I use the system to mount a Sigma 150-500 lens. I use this rig primarily for birding. The system works exactly as needed and expected. The mechanism is smooth and the adapter is small enough for easy airport carry. I also us the adapter and the ballhead for my spotting scope and it works great too. I did have to get a suitable mount plate for the spotter though. For now, this works great for me.
    Date published: 2012-02-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from use with arca p0 this gimbal adapter feels sturdy enough to carry the heaviest lenses. I plan to use it with a 300mm 2.8 + teleconverters. I use arca p0 for leveling and pan and a do-it yourself rail ( a rail with clamp mounted vertically on end) to support the micro gimbal. low extra weight and price for the gimbal option.
    Date published: 2011-07-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product If you already have a good (I stress good) ballhead and don't want to spend a fortune on a Gimbal head, and your equipment wights under 10 pounds, this is the way to go. I've had mine for almost a year and love it. I use it with a 400 mm DO + teleconverters, a 50D body, and a flash unit without any problems.
    Date published: 2012-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Micro indeed!! This is definitely a great mini/micro gimbal, ala sidekick. A high-quality ballhead, I repeat, a high quality ball head is needed and you'll have a very stable camera/lens setup(10 lbs and under). It's very portable, well built,and smooth tilt function. Highly recommended!!
    Date published: 2012-02-02
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