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Manfrotto 393 Long Lens head (Gimbal type)

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Old Thursday 3rd August 2006, 16:47   #26
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Hi everyone,

Ive only recently come across this piece of kit the Manfrotto 393, and was wondering if it would work effectively with a Canon 400 f/5.6 lens, or would this be 'overkill' due to this lens not being so big? At the moment Im using a 128RCNAT head on a Manfrotto 190 tripod (green with black rubber grips). My camera is a Canon 20D.

Would appreciate someones observation,

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Hi Tom,

Only just seen this thread. I've recently bought a 393 to use with a Sigma 500mm prime. It works a treat but I must admit even that lens looks a bit lost amongst all the scaffolding. With the 400mm it will certainly work fine but may look a little weird....

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Old Thursday 3rd August 2006, 21:54   #27
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Hi Paul,

I wondered along those lines too; how weird it would look, and whether I could bypass that for the comfortable 'ride' the 393 could give me.

Thanks for the input!
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I finally got to try one of these heads today and kind of wish I hadn't as it's going to lead to more spending... I've been using my 350D and Sigma 500 f4.5 on a Manfrotto 501 and thought this was a good set up, but the 393 is so much nicer to use. It only took a minute to get it set up so I could let go of the camera at any point and it stayed put, very smooth movement too. I still have slight reservations about using it with a scope, but I'm sure the ease of use with camera and long lens will tempt me to buy one...
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Old Thursday 11th January 2007, 19:37   #29
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Here are a couple of long shots taken with the gimbal head on Manfrotto 475B tripod...
Hi Romy

I'm thinking about a 475B tripod. Do you (or any other owners) know if the 3/8" head screw can be removed/replaced, or is it a permanent fixture ?

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Just taken delivery of the Manfrotto 393 head (Bogen 3421). Initial use proves this is more than just another 'poor man's Wimberley'.

Hi Andy,

When you bought this gimbal divice, did you get the lens plate with it ?

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Hi Andy,

When you bought this gimbal divice, did you get the lens plate with it ?

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Can answer that one for Andy. Yes it comes with the lens plate.

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