Wimberley Head WH-200 Ver­sion II £520, $595

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Wimberley has a strong rep­u­ta­tion in the gim­bal head world, and the WH-200 up­holds it. It uses the same ba­sic de­sign as most ri­vals and though there are few frills, it nails the ba­sics. There’s plenty of ver­ti­cal ad­just­ment, yet the head is still fairly com­pact at 23.5cm tall and weighs 1.4 kilo­grams.

Pan­ning and tilt ro­ta­tion are smooth and can also be locked com­pletely steady by grippy, er­gonomics knobs when re­quired. These also con­trol the fric­tion re­sis­tance in each joint, which is pro­gres­sively ad­justable.

The head uses an Arca-Swiss lens mount, and Wimberley also of­fers re­place­ment low-pro­file feet to help bal­ance lenses with taller than av­er­age feet.

Ul­ti­mately the Katana gim­bal does give you more for the money, but this is the best all-rounder.

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