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InduroGHB2 Gimbal Head
 
4.8

(based on 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (39)
  • Attaches firmly (36)
  • Large range of motion (32)
  • Strong clamp (31)

Cons

  • Heavy (10)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife (39)
  • Sports/action (28)
  • Landscape/scenery (19)
  • Night shots (9)
  • Travel (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (17), Pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (36)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Smooth and Stable

I recently took the GHB2 (attached to an Induro carbon fiber tripod) out for the first time to shoot swans along the Mississippi river. My D810 and Sigma 150-600 sport attached quickly...Read complete review

I recently took the GHB2 (attached to an Induro carbon fiber tripod) out for the first time to shoot swans along the Mississippi river. My D810 and Sigma 150-600 sport attached quickly and securely via the Arca plate and clamp and the entire system provided rock-solid stability on uneven ground. The head pans horizontally with a beautifully smooth and effortless motion. The movement never feels loose, but provides a feeling of fluid control. My only negative comment is that the vertical movement is distinctly less smooth and, at times, jerks up or down causing me to lose focus or composition while tracking. This was my first experience with it however and I look forward to shrpening my skills.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

disappointing

I bought this to use with a Nikon D4s/600mm combination. On paper it seemed perfect, and about $ cheaper than the Wimberly, but in practice the movements were not smooth once the...Read complete review

I bought this to use with a Nikon D4s/600mm combination. On paper it seemed perfect, and about $ cheaper than the Wimberly, but in practice the movements were not smooth once the camera and lens wee attached. Although it supported the weight well, the slightly 'sticky' movement made it impractical for video pan shots. Returned it (thank you B&H) in favor of the Wimberly, which is perfect.

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5.0

I give it a 5 stars

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

I went over a lot of reviews at B&H and other places on Gimbal heads read some reviews that the GHB2 from Induro was not as smooth as others I just got mine in and got out this past weekend to try it out on some birds and I had NO PROBLEMS with it worked great vary smooth sturdy awesome I know two days is not a lot butt i'm vary happy with it and it is setting on top of my Induro CLT203 tripod love the set up got some nice shots. Well worth the $$. Thanks to B&H on time every time, customer service hands down the best

 
5.0

Works very well for me

By Lumens

from Mesa, AZ

Verified Buyer

Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

It seems a bit heavy on top of my carbon tripod, but works extremely well and smooth. It will be a MUST every time I decide to chase birds, which can be quite often. At my age the 100-400 lens without using a tripod has become too much for my shoulder.

 
5.0

Rock Solid

By Ivan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

Extremely well made gimbal, will take the heavy load of a DSLR with a long lens and makes it feel buttery smooth when panning or tilting. The control knobs can be adjusted for tightness of movement, and it's beautiful to work with. Well worth the price and an excellent addition to your kit if you own or rent long lenses. Great for photographing wildlife, doing pano's or photographing anything that moves. It's heavy, but I actually prefer having the weight which helps add stability, particularly on windy days.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

If you use a medium to large telephoto lens, you need this!

By Larry

from Northeastern Illinois

Verified Buyer

Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

I spent hours looking at all the different model and read every review on each. The GHB2 seemed to be the one to get. I'm happy to report that it was an excellent choice. I've had it out twice with my 1DX and a Sigma 150-600C and it is solid and smooth. Went to shoot eagle on the Mississippi River with my friend who has a Wimberley, and side by side I could not tell a difference. I would make this purchase again. And, if you register the warranty online, you get a 10 year warranty instead of the advertised 5 year warranty.

 
5.0

The Weightless Solution You Have Been Searching For

By PJB

from Fairfax, VA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

I have to say that, although gimbals are expensive, this purchase was one of the best purchases I have ever made amongst all of my camera gear. It provides a weightless, seamless, fluid way to maneuver my super-telephoto lens around and track even the fastest of critters out there. Its carbon construction works very nicely with any of the Series 2 / 3 tripods or higher in the Induro line-up. I currently use it with the Induro CLT204 Stealth Tripod and it works like a charm.

 
5.0

It is amazing

By RCSC

from Franklin, NC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

My interest is backyard bird photography. With my Canon 7d and 100-400 mm lense, I wanted a head that would allow unrestricted movement without any weight. Moving up from a cheap pan-tilt tripod to an Induro tripod and gimbal head was amazing! I'm no longer worried about dropping the camera.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Gimbal Head for Wildlife Photography UPDATE***

By mikeschmeee

from Vancouver, B.C.

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attaches Firmly
  • Good Stability
  • Large Range of Motion
  • Strong Clamp

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Video
  • Wildlife

Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

Just wanted to provide an update to those who are actually considering this gimbal head.

As I've mentioned in a previous review, I've been using this gimbal head along with the Induro Carbon 8X CT314 tripod for quite a while now. I've recently acquired the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens and the gimbal head/tripod combo can definitely handle the monstrous lens with ease.
Make sure you pick up the Induro PU-150 Arca Swiss quick release plate and you're set.

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  • No

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

disappointing

By rbenton

from Sacramento, CA

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Attaches Firmly
  • Good Stability
  • Large Range of Motion
  • Strong Clamp

Cons

  • Movements Not Fluid

Best Uses

    Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

    I bought this to use with a Nikon D4s/600mm combination. On paper it seemed perfect, and about $ cheaper than the Wimberly, but in practice the movements were not smooth once the camera and lens wee attached. Although it supported the weight well, the slightly 'sticky' movement made it impractical for video pan shots. Returned it (thank you B&H) in favor of the Wimberly, which is perfect.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Smooth and Stable

    By Wayne

    from Ramsey, MN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

      I recently took the GHB2 (attached to an Induro carbon fiber tripod) out for the first time to shoot swans along the Mississippi river. My D810 and Sigma 150-600 sport attached quickly and securely via the Arca plate and clamp and the entire system provided rock-solid stability on uneven ground. The head pans horizontally with a beautifully smooth and effortless motion. The movement never feels loose, but provides a feeling of fluid control. My only negative comment is that the vertical movement is distinctly less smooth and, at times, jerks up or down causing me to lose focus or composition while tracking. This was my first experience with it however and I look forward to shrpening my skills.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Gimbal Head for Wildlife Photography

      By mikeschmeee

      from Vancouver, B.C. Canada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

      I've been using the GHB2 gimbal head with the Induro 8X CT-314 tripod for over a year now with no issues. I've taken it into rushing rivers, 1-2foot deep snow, lugged it over my shoulder thousands of times while hiking around marshes, beaches, forests, parks and mountains. I use it to carry my 300mm f/2.8G ED VRII with TC-2.0E III teleconverter all attached to my D4s.
      It can definitely handle the weight and than some. To give you an idea, I'm planning on purchasing a newer, longer, larger super-telephoto, such as the 600mm f/4E FL ED VR which is only 3 lbs more than my current 300, and I'm not worried one bit that it will fall off the GHB2 and 8X CT-314.

      It is safe and secure when everything is locked and I have no doubt in my mind that the equipment will fall off. Now this doesn't mean I don't care about my gear and I'm reckless, quite the opposite, this is just to give you an idea of how sturdy the GHB2 is.

      If you are shooting wildlife; birds, bears, fish, whales then this is the gimbal head for you. Attach it to a sturdy carbon fibre tripod such as the ones from Induro and you have yourself a sweet combo.
      My favourite feature is the graduated scale to tell me at what height the lens will be set at. I find it comes in handy. I have not seen this on a Wimberley gimbal head but I could be wrong.

      The only downside that I find that this item has, is the weight. It's a bit heavy and I can definitely feel it as I place it over my shoulder when trekking around. I would highly recommend looking into the carbon fibre version of this gimbal head as weight savings is always a bonus, especially when it comes to holding massive lenses. But this gimbal head still gets a 5 star rating due to the quality, stability, smoothness and excellent price.

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      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      works perfectly

      By canon guy

      from greensboro, nc

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Easy To Learn How To Use
      • Good Stability
      • Works Perfectly

      Cons

      • Not Inexpensive

      Best Uses

      • Flying Birds
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

      bought this gimbal head b/c I have Induro tripod. used it for bird photos in Bosque del Apache, with Canon 6d and 5diii mated to sigma 150-600, Canon 100-400 w/ and w/o 1.4x tc. also used it on Sirui T-2005X tripod. in all these combinations it worked flawlessly giving fluid movement to camera equipment and fantastic photos of flying snow geese and sand hill cranes. learning curve was minimal and comfort level using it developed rapidly. can't imagine a better product.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Pretty good support

      By Kalihari

      from Walla Walla, WA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

        In short, I like this gimbal head. It's quite sturdy, built well. I have an induro tripod and this compliments it well.

        There's two tiny nagging things about it that I'm trying to get used too.

        The first is that Induro's arcs swiss head and attachment plates do not allow you to slide it out the side. You must fully release the clamp part in order to remove the camera/lens from the mount. I'm just used to being able to do a tiny little twist of the release knob and slide it out the side. I'm sure I'll get used to it soon enough.

        The other is how quickly the adjustments on this head lock. I'd like a bit more control from completely free movements to locked down. Once set the tension seems to stay put, so again, just something to get used too i'm sure.

        Overall a very nice head to use with any long lens. I used it with the sigma 120-300 f/2.8. It's pretty sweet. Can't wait to try it with my new 600 that's coming shortly.

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        • No
         
        5.0

        Induro Gimbal Head

        By SLC based

        from SLC, UT

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Night Shots
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

          Outstanding piece of photographic equipment. It is easily every bit as good, if not better, than the equivalent Wimberely head. I would definitely recommend it to anyone seriously interested in purchasing a Gimbal Head for supporting their longer lenses.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Solid

          By Paul C

          from Boston

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Smooth
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

            I have used a rented Wimberly in the past. I liked it, but looking at the price difference and after reading other reviews I figured I would try the Induro. It's heavy, of course, because it is a solid, well built support platform, but so is the Wimberly. I can't imagine a decent gimbal head that wouldn't be heavy. I found the ability to balance a lens to be very easy - took seconds, literally - and I find the movements to be smooth enough to track birds. One thing I thought would be very useful is the index scale for mounting and balancing lenses. Turns out I don't find it to be necessary. It's easy enough to balance the lens just by eye and by feel. This is a solid, well built product. Is it better than the Wimberly? Don't know. I would need to use them both side by side to answer the question. That, by itself, says that it is a good product. At about $ less than the Wimberly and considering that it includes the long plate and the Wimberly doesn't, I think it is a good value for a quality gimbal head.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Works

            By Jan

            from Reno, Nv

            Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

            This replaces the stolen Wimberly. A little cheaper and a little heavier. I have a Gitzo tripod and an Induro Tripod. Induro works great. The Gimbal head seems to be as good. Long term will tell the build. I would give another star if it were lighter and cheaper yet.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A great choice for a Gimbal

            By John in MD

            from Wheaton, MD

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

              After unsuccessfully trying to photograph sunspots and in preparation for a trip to photograph eagles, I started looking for a Gimbal head that would work with my SLIK 700DX tripod legs and support a Nikon D5300 with a Sigma 1.4 teleconverter and a 150-500 telephoto Sigma zoom lens. There are a number of choices ranging from $ to almost $ – the hard part is deciding what to select. Based on my research and budgetary constraints I opted for the Induro GHB2. From the moment I opened the box, I realized that I had made a good decision. The fit and finish is first rate, from the GHB2 itself to the extra screws for the Arca-Swiss plate (included). The only thing I can slight Induro for is that I personally would like some more guidance on platform adjustment – but that is only a minor issue that experience will figure out. My first use of the GHB2 was this weekend to determine exposure setting thru my solar filter for an upcoming partial solar eclipse. The camera/lens attached easily and it only took a second to move the lens back to balance the platform. Once that was done, it only took a small nudge to move the camera to follow the sun. The GHB2 and the tripod are a solid combination - much better than the 3-axis head I was using before. I can't wait for November when I head to Conowingo Dam to photograph eagles! In the final analysis, would I recommend the GHB2 to a friend? In a heartbeat!

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              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Smooth as silk

              By Thomas the Buyer

              from Texas

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

                Solid, sturdy, but yet so smooth.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                GOOD CHOICE

                By KEN

                from KANSAS CITY, MO

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

                  PHOTOGRAPHING WILDLIFE IS VERY DIFFICULT. BIRDS MOVE QUICKLY AND IRRACTICALLY.
                  THE INDURO GHB2 IS SMOOTH, EASY TO USE AND VERY STABLE.
                  I HAVE NOT YET FOUND ANY NEGATIVES WITH ITS PERFORMANCE

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great buy!

                  By Shay

                  from TN

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

                    After much research and listening to birders in my area on best tripod head for wildlife photography I went withthe Gimbal GHB2 and have not been disappointed.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Easy to use

                    By Wendy

                    from Wellington, NV

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                    • Can't Pan

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head:

                    This is nice for longer lenses and landscapes. Just wish I could pan.

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                    • No

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