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Jobu Black Widow Pro
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1 29148 Wed February 11, 2009
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100% of reviewers None indicated 10.0

Description: New gimbal head from Jobu featuring:

One-piece cast and heat-treated construction. Incredible stiffness and rigidity.
Full ball bearing support in tilt-axis for ZERO static/dynamic friction. 100% smooth movement.
Newly redesigned and stiffened horizontal mount swing-arm for better control.
Soft-touch rubberized knobs for better use with bare or gloved hands, especially when wet (similar to our Jr.2 knobs).
Newly designed low-profile lockout switch (locks tilt movement for travel).
No weight penalty compared to our current BWG-HD.
Keywords: Jobu Black Widow Pro Gimbal

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Registered: August 2003
Location: Norfolk
Posts: 17051
Review Date: Wed February 11, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: rock solid - smooth movement - relatively cheap

I recently had the opportunity to use the new Jobu Black Widow Pro Gimbal for a couple of weeks, here's my thoughts on it:

Out of the box it looks very impressive and is suprisingly light weight, it was very easy to attach onto my Gitzo and get out using it. I'm currently using the BWG-L which is a side mounted gimbal, putting the lens onto this top loader was much easier. Getting it balanced was very easy (only took a minute) and the movement was very smooth. The knobs are good and chunky which makes using them very easy even when wearing gloves (good on those cold days).

Using it in the field it worked very well, panning was very smooth and it held still when I let go. It held my 500 f4 with ease, the manufacturer reckon it will take any of the big lenses and I don't doubt this for a moment. I three weeks of using it I've had no problems with it and would be very happy to use one full time. I still feel that the BWG-L is an excellent option for someone who wants a cheap gimbal. But if you want a full gimbal than this new one is clearly worth a look especially as it's currently 100 cheaper than the Wimberley.

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