GH-13r Gimbal v.3
Flash Bracket

GH-13 Gimbal Tripod Head

_DSC4700 _DSC4702 _DSC4704 _DSC9513

Production Update:

Lots of exciting changes for the GH-13 Gimbal Tripod Head! We’ve added two additional bearings (one per shaft) resulting in even smoother operation. Next, per customer requests, we have added covers to the external bearings! And… the clamping mechanism has been changed! It is now much easier to operate and requires much less effort from the user to activate. This is a great update to the GH-13 platform. Plus, the current promotion is still available.

***Current promotions***
Pre-order a GH-13r and get a Wimberley P-20 quick-release plate for $25.

Pre-orders are recommended to guarantee your gimbal because orders are fulfilled on a first come, first serve basis with pre-orders given priority.  Remember you can cancel anytime and you get a 14 day right of return after receiving your gimbal. You pay return shipping and receive a full refund but remember the gimbal must be in the same condition as when you received it!!!

THANK YOU for your patience!


About the GH-13r series Gimbal Tripod Head:

Featured in the January 2012th edition of Shutterbug Magazine and the January 2014 edition Manufacturing News, the GH-13R Gimbal Head from Rob Pleas Photography, LLC is one of the first gimbals to move away from the “every gimbal looks the same and weighs a ton,” syndrome.

Designed by a working photographer from the ground up, the minimalist design of the GH-13r and its extreme lightweight is significant for photographers who don’t want to lug around a larger, heavier style gimbal head. It works great for weekend shooters but will satisfy many of the needs of the professional.

The GH-13r is extremely compact, making it easy to transport in a camera bag. It can easily hold a camera and lens weighing up to 20 lb. The GH-13r’s anodized aluminum body is designed to fit most telephoto lenses up to a 500mm f/4. Despite its lightweight, the GH-13r’s frame components are solid aluminum, designed to withstand the nicks and bumps of more aggressive shooters.

Note the locking-pin mechanism under the GH-13r’s upper clamp. This can be engaged whenever you want to move from one place to another, to keep the lens from creeping while you are walking and to prevent stress on the internal parts.

The gimbal in made in my shop, located in Washington State.

Shown in the last picture is the optional flash attachment. Great for photographers who employ flash when photographing birds. Attachment is easy, using two bolts to hold it in place. Height is adjustable.


Material Aluminum
Load Capacity 20 lb (6 kg)
Spirit Level No
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8″-16
Height 9″ (23 cm)
Dimensions Overall: 9.0 x 5.5″ (23 x 14 cm)
Distance from Lens Mounting Point to Inside of Arm: 2.6″ (6.6 cm)
Weight 1.6 lb (726 g)

Current Promotion: Includes Wimberley P-20 QR Plate and Free shipping to “lower 48” (Outside lower 48 please email for custom shipping quote) $299.95

(Note: Limited quantities available)

GH-13r Replacement Parts

Please contact us directly for replacement parts

Knob Assembly $29.95/ea
Clamps $22.95/ea
Brass Bushing $5.95/ea
Bearing Cover, Large $19.95/ea
Bearing Cover, Small $14.95/ea
Lower Shaft $39.95/ea
Upper Shaft $49.95/ea
Inner (vertical) Arm $79.95
Base Part (attaches to arm, holds camera plate) $89.95
Movable Clamp (clamps against camera plate) $29.95
Knurled Knob $19.95
‘L’ Frame $129.95

Flash Bracket

Our new flash bracket is AWESOME! Developed with the help and advice of wedding and portrait photographers, this flash bracket is second to none.


Simple and fast method for switching from landscape to portrait shooting modes
Quick-release Arca-swiss compatible camera plate*
Lightweight aluminum construction (approx. 13 oz)
Locates flash off camera for better portraits
Simple method for tilting the flash downward about 45 degrees
Extra 4″ flash height extension
Unique locking system keeps bracket in landscape unless unlocked.
Compatible with most SLR/DSLR Pro and Consumer camera body styles

If you shoot weddings, you need this bracket!
(Note: Limited quantities available. Please inquire before purchasing)

*Note: QR plate fits most Arca systems but Arca plates will not fit this bracket.

Bracket A

Bracket B

Bracket Portrait

Bracket Tilted

Bracket Extended

Bracket Landscape


Our L-bracket features a side door that folds down, out of the way. Instead of needing to remove the bracket whenever you would like access to the USB or other port on your camera, simply pull the ring on the spring-loaded pin to release the latch that lets the side door fold down. Then, move it back into position when you are finished.

The bracket enables you to quickly switch between portrait and landscape modes when shooting on a tripod. It has a 1/4″-20 slotted screw that travels in a 3.5″ track to properly adjust the plate to fit most cameras.


Material Bracket: aluminum
Load Capacity 20 lb (4.5 kg)
Dimensions 2.5 x 1.5 x 5.9″ (6.4 x 3.8 x 14.9 cm)
Travel Distance Camera mounting screw: 3.5″ (8.9 cm)
Camera Mount Thread Size 1/4″-20
Weight 4.25 oz (120.5 g)






Quick Release Balancing Clamp (QRBC)

The Quick-Release Balancing Plate from Rob Pleas Photography is a top-loading Arca-type compatible quick-release balancing clamp designed to fine-tune the weight of the camera or lens on certain tripod heads. Simple in its design, it works on most tripod heads or tripod/monopods whether the balancing feature is used or not. It includes the plate and base, and is made in the USA.


Material Aluminum
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8″-16
Camera Mount Thread Size 1/4″-20
Dimensions Overall: 3.5 x 2.6 x 1.0″ (8.9 x 6.6 x 2.5 cm)
Base: 2.50 x 0.63″ (6.4 x 1.5 cm)
Plate: 3.50 x 1.75 x 0.31″ (8.9 x 4.4 x 0.8 cm)
Jaw Size 1.50 to 1.75″ (38.0 to 44.5 mm)
Weight 5.8 oz (164 g)




Purchase Info

L-bracket – $30 (NOTE: Excludes $10 shipping.  Outside lower 48 please email for custom shipping quote)

QRBC – Sold out

Rob’s Book, Changed Within, Reflections of a Journey: $10 (Note: includes shipping)

Prices and features subject to change without notice


We are located in Puyallup, WA. We welcome questions and comments. Please email for information.

Thank you!





Note: GH-13r v.1 includes 1 yr. limited warranty and 14 day trial.  If you are not satisfied with the unit, you may return it within 14 days.  Gimbal must be received in exactly the same condition as when I shipped it to you.  You pay return shipping.


L-bracket video: