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