Fine framing, detailed composition, Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W review

   For many professional photographers, Gitzo is definitely familiar with this brand. As a brand recognized by professionals all over the world, Gitzo’s tripods, gimbals and accessories set standards for excellence in the industry. For the first time, it uses carbon fiber and volcanic stone to build a tripod, and magnesium alloy to make a gimbal. Gitzo products own status. And this time we will also evaluate the three-dimensional hydraulic gimbal GHF3W just launched by Gitzo.

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   Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W

   Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W uses aluminum Made of alloy and magnesium alloy, the weight is less than 1kg, and the safe load-bearing capacity is up to 13kg. It can carry almost any shooting equipment with a lot of redundancy. The gimbal is equipped with a separate hydraulic chamber in each axis to ensure easy and precise composition. The patented telescopic handle design makes the gimbal more portable. But this gimbal is also very compact. Its working height is only 11.5cm, which is lower than that of some spherical gimbals. To a certain extent, it is also convenient for users to carry. At the same time, it can be used in such a small gimbal. The ability to achieve three-axis adjustment is also a demonstration of Gitzo’s strength.

Fine framing, detailed composition, Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W review

  Three-dimensional hydraulic cloud Taiwan GHF3W and quick release plate

Fine framing, detailed composition, Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W review

  Quick-release plate with model GS5370DR

  GHF3W gimbal has a quick-release base, equipped with a 7cm Aka-compatible quick-release plate with rubber strips, model GS5370DR, which can be adjusted with side screws The width of the base is compatible with other quick release plates. If you need to install the quick-release plate, just press hard toward the quick-release base.

Fine framing, detailed composition, Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W review

  Quick installation platform

Fine framing, detailed composition, Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W review

  Quick installation platform

   The quick-mount base of this gimbal has strong flexibility. In addition to adjusting the regular pitch angle and switching between vertical and horizontal photography, this quick-mount base can also perform 90-degree To rotate, just move the wrench in the direction indicated by the arrow on the quick loading platform. This design is also convenient for adjustment during vertical shooting.

Fine framing, detailed composition, Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W review

   can rotate fast Mounting the base

  Users must adjust the pan/tilt through handles and other methods, and what I have to say is the retractable handle design on this pan/tilt. Compared with fixed handles or other knob designs, the telescopic handle used by Gitzo’s GHF3W three-dimensional hydraulic pan/tilt head is very helpful for volume control on the one hand, and has an excellent operating feel on the other hand. In use, you only need to pull gently to adjust to the working length you need. The damping is very smooth when rotating, and the operation is very convenient.

Fine framing, detailed composition, Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W review

   telescopic handle

   In general, this Gitzo gimbal overcomes the bulky shortcomings of the three-dimensional gimbal and shows that the three-dimensional gimbal can The characteristics of independent fine adjustment of the axis, the Gitzo patented retractable handle and many seemingly inconspicuous but capable of playing a large role in the design, make this gimbal has obvious advantages in convenience and ease of use .

   Here we used Canon EOS6DMarkII with EF70-200mmf/2.8LISIIUSM and EF100-400mmf/4.5-5.6LISIIUSM to experience. From the weight point of view, the weight of less than 3kg can be described as easy for this gimbal.

Fine framing, detailed composition, Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W review

   Canon EOS6DMarkII match EF100-400mmf/4.5-5.6LISIIUSM lens

Fine framing, detailed composition, Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W review

  Canon EOS6DMarkII with EF70-200mmf/2.8LISIIUSM lens

  After the body and lens are installed on the gimbal, there is a lot of redundant space in terms of load bearing, so there is no I am worried about nodding, sliding or even overturning after locking. And as I mentioned in the previous article, the retractable handle can greatly facilitate the adjustment of the direction, and the adjustment damping of the handle is also very advanced, the rubber covered on it also feels good, and the handle is slightly inclined. It is also ergonomic, it is more convenient to apply force, and it is also convenient to lock the rotating mechanism better

Fine framing, detailed composition, Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W review

   The reason why such a smooth experience is possible is that this Gitzo gimbal is equipped with a separate hydraulic compartment in each axis. Ensure smooth and smooth movement control, and its experience is top-notch. In addition, due to the new formula of hydraulic oil, the gimbal can also work normally under extreme temperatures.

Fine framing, detailed composition, Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W review

   vertical mode

Fine framing, detailed composition, Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W review

   vertical mode

   And the new 90-degree rotatable quick-mount base on this Gitzo gimbal can provide rich work diversity and framing effects. Not only does it help to switch between portrait and landscape photography, it can also easily achieve tilt and tilt shots. When rotating, even the system tripod, the quick mount base will not collide with it. In some places where the terrain is more complicated, leveling the tripod is a relatively complicated matter, and the rotating quick-installation platform can solve this problem well.

Fine framing, detailed composition, Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W review

  Rotating level

   In addition, Gitzo’s gimbal has a small detail worthy of praise-it is a rotatable level. At first, when I got the gimbal, I was still a bit wondering why such a gimbal was equipped with only one spirit level. However, in the process of using it, I discovered that the spirit level can be rotated to the corresponding axis with just a slight twist, and Its position is also very particular, it will not be blocked by the camera and lens, which can facilitate our observation during the leveling process.

Fine framing, detailed composition, Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W review

   real shooting experience

Fine framing, detailed composition, Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W review

   real shooting experience

Fine framing, detailed composition, Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W review

   real shooting experience

  Editor’s point of view

   Gitzo 3D hydraulic gimbal GHF3W not only inherits the 3D gimbal and The advantages of the hydraulic gimbal also greatly improve the portability through the smart compact design. It is no less than the spherical gimbal in terms of volume control, but it can bring an experience far beyond the spherical gimbal. This gimbal is excellent in workmanship and operating feel, and is especially suitable for landscape photography that requires fine framing and detailed composition; studio photography that completes the composition through detailed framing; and architectural photography that obtains unique and innovative perspectives by exploring different angles . It brings work diversification and fine framing effects to creative photographers, and it is an excellent and necessary choice for photographers.

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