Please Note: The inner swing arm is currently undergoing a design improvement. This will incorporate the QRBC into the arm and bring the arm to current Arca standards. We are very excited about this major update as it will make the GH-13r much easier to use, especially when using third-party Arca products with your photography equipment. Expected release of the new GH-13r v1 is October this year. Pre-orders are accepted!
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” syndrome.
Designed by a working photographer from the ground up, the minimalist design of the GH-13r is great for users with smaller hands 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 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.
The compact clamping mechanism is very exciting. I designed the clamping mechanism to be strong enough to hold a 500mm lens aimed at a nest and not creep, but light enough to allow it to be over-ridden. For example, let’s say your camera is aimed at the nest in the tree but you let go to rest your arms. Suddenly, you see the baby bird about to fly from the nest. With other gimbals, you have to scramble to first unlock the clamp, to free the lens so you can track the bird. With the GH-13r, you can push down on your camera body or lens without first unlocking the clamp to then follow the bird. You will feel resistance of course, but unlike some of the larger systems, you won’t lose precious time having to reach for the knob, unlock it, and then follow the bird that may be gone.
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.
Included with the gimbal is our Arca-type compatible top-loading quick-release balancing clamp (QRBC) and plate designed to fine-tune the weight of the camera or lens. Simple in its design, it works on most tripod heads or tripod/monopods whether the balancing feature is used or not. The gimbal and the QR system are 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.
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)