LensMaster Gimbal RH2 £148, $230
At less than half the price of any of our other gimbal options, LensMaster appears to be on to a winner with the RH2. You still get solid, aircraft-grade aluminium construction with a choice of two powder-coated finishes. Payload capacity is also very respectable at 45 kilograms, yet the gimbal’s 1.21-kilogram weight is only beaten by the Nest head (right).
However, there are some cost-cutting compromises. Most obvious is the lack of vertical adjustment, which, although not a major drawback, does mean you can’t get the perfect weightless balance that other heads provide. The pan and tilt locking clamps are slightly flawed, too. The latter doesn’t lock especially tightly and the design of both clamps means undoing them also separates the joints between components.
There’s no vertical adjustment here, but it’s a bargain nonetheless