Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with Quick Release Base

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About Wimberley WH-200

The Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with Quick Release Base is a gimbal-type tripod head that incorporates an elevated tilt mechanism and adjustable platform to make the camera/lens' center of gravity and tilt axis of the head be perfectly aligned. Things once thought of as impossible with a ballhead are nothing short of mundane with a Wimberley, because a weightless camera/lens combo (even a 600mm f/4 w/ large body) can literally be controlled with one finger.

Point the rig where you want and take the hand away and it stays exactly where you put it. The Version II head is more compact and lightweight, features a redesigned panning base, "soft-touch" knobs and includes a built-in Arca-type quick release base. Visit lens chart for a chart of compatible lens plates and cameras.

The Wimberley WH-200 is commonly used for Sports/action, Wildlife and more.The Wimberley WH-200 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Wimberley WH-200: Attaches firmly, Large range of motion, Stable and Strong clamp

Summary of Customer Reviews

(9)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Strong clamp (7),Attaches firmly (6),Large range of motion (6),Stable (6)
Best Uses:
Wildlife (7),Sports/action (5),Landscape/scenery (3),Night shots (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (3),Pro photographer (3)

Wimberley WH-200 Features

  • The built-in industry-standard Arca-Swiss style quick release clamp makes it compatible with the many different plates available from Arca-Swiss, Acratech, Kirk, Wimberly, Really Right Stuff, Foba, etc
  • The head does not have separate controls for tension and locking, but the locking controls deliver smooth resistance with diminished "stick-slip"
  • The overall height of the head is 9.25" (23.5cm), with the lens platform adjustable from 3.5" to 7.1" (8.9 x 18cm). The centerline of a balanced lens will be approximately 8.4" (21.3cm) above the bottom of the head
  • Distance from the mounting surface of the platform to the tilt axis: Adjustable from 1.1" to 4.8" (2.8 to 12.2cm)
  • The head's redesigned panning base has zero play and the pan locking knob has been moved to the side of the head; this allows the user to easily operate both knobs with the same hand
  • Lobed "soft-touch" knobs provide a more comfortable grip and perform better when using gloves
  • Powder coated/anodized finish

Wimberley WH-200 Specifications

Maximum Camera Supported
All telephoto lens/camera combinations
Load Capacity
Any 35mm camera with even the longest telephoto lens
Quick Release
Yes (Arca-Swiss type)
Spirit Level
No
Tension Control
Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size
3/8"
Dimensions (H x W x D)
9.25 x 3.50 x 9.73" (23.5 x 8.9 x 24.7 cm)
Weight
3.15 lb (1.4 kg)

Wimberley WH-200 Reviews

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4.8

(based on 9 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

fabulous

Unless I am going hiking, I will never use a ball mount head again! This head is too big and heavy for hiking. But then again, if I anticipate a wildlife shot, I might just carry it anyway. These gimbal heads work very differently than a ball mount. Once you balance your camera, you can point it in any direction and it will stay put without even locking it down. It's as though your rig is weightless. You don't have to try to hold your camera steady while you lock it down as with a ball. You d...

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Unless I am going hiking, I will never use a ball mount head again! This head is too big and heavy for hiking. But then again, if I anticipate a wildlife shot, I might just carry it anyway. These gimbal heads work very differently than a ball mount. Once you balance your camera, you can point it in any direction and it will stay put without even locking it down. It's as though your rig is weightless. You don't have to try to hold your camera steady while you lock it down as with a ball. You don't even have to lock it down to take a photo.It makes wildlife and macro much more easy and effortless. ANY photography you do on a tripod will be so much more effortless. This Wimberley is constructed of the highest grade materials and machining. The motion is fluid and silky smooth; you just want to keep panning and tilting because it feels so good. It is superb and worth every penny. You won't want to ever use a ball head after using this product for five minutes. I give it five stars plus plus plus.

Reviewed by 9 customers

 
5.0

Game changer!

By

from Northern MI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I thought about purchasing a less expensive gimbal head but after reading many many reviews, decided to buy this one instead. I love it! It makes my 500 mm lens weightless, and is a joy to shoot with. It is a heavy head, but not difficult or unwieldy to use at all. I'm very happy with my decision. Also replaced the standard lens foot with a RRS arca-swiss base, and would recommend that for stability and trimming a bit more weight off the whole unit.

 
5.0

Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II

By

from Bay Area, California  -  Pro Photographer

I have used this product for several years now and am wholly satidfied with the quality and performance. The WH-200 is silky smooth easy to operate and solid. Coupled with my Induro AT-413 tripod, it is heavy, but well worth the effort to carry, but then I am a 6ft, 240lb guy. I use the Wimberley for everything, wildlife imagery, landscapes and studio (product images). It is easy with the right plates on the lenses to balance any of my lenses even when using extenders, or with my D800 with its additional battery pack/vertical grip.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it !

By

from Fremantle W.A.  -  Pro Photographer

I use it w/a monopod and 400 and 500mm lenses and when I have to move quickly, I wear a fishing rod holder, put the monopod in the pocket and with one hand for the Wimberly, I am as mobile as if I were using a a 200 or 300mm lens. Great for pans in auto racing, football etc where your don't want to support the weight of the heavy long glass. It gives your arms a rest. A truly great product. Birders must love these things.

 
5.0

Preowned wimberly

By

from Massachusetts  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great gimbal head at a real good price

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wimberly WH-200 Gimbal Head

By

from Trophy Club, Tx  -  Photo Enthusiast

I researched a number of gimbal heads prior to my purchase of the WH-200. Dealing with Adorama was great. The product came a day or two before promised. The packaging was solid, and the head was flawless. The WH-200is solidly built, and attractively designed. Most importantly, it works great! I decided to upgrade from ball heads because they always tended to drift. It is easy to balance my camera and any number of lenses (long and short). Once balanced, the camera stays aimed- a real joy. There are a number of different brands available. I chose Wimberly based on recommendation of respected photographers, and product reputation. If you are new to a gimbal, it looks complex, but once you try it, it really is easy. The unit comes in two pieces. It does not have a carry case for transport- something that would be handy, but can be purchased from a third party. I would also suggest purchasing a skin to protect the head from dings during transport. This isn't the most expensive head, but it isn't cheap either. I think it is an excellent sweet spot for cost and quality.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bar none, the best head out there

By

from Illinois  -  Semi-pro Photographer

If you are shooting wildlife with long prime lenses this is the only head that you will ever need. The best out there! Locks right on your subject. Love the fluidness of movement. I shoot with a Nikor 500mm F4 and a Sigma 300-800 and it holds them with no problem.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II

By

from Paris, Texas  -  Photography Student

Overall I am very pleased with the range and ease of use for this Wimberley Head. I wish the clamp were a quick release design but the screw lock is relatively easy to use. The only issue is getting to focus ring if needed in manual focus. It is a little awkward especially if you have short arms. I also felt it useful to keep my hand on the base for any vibration though haven't seen much in images with or without the support.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

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from Alger, Washington  -  Pro Photographer

I am currently using the WH 200 on a monopod from inside my truck. I find numerous birds do not like it when you leave your vehicle. I'm sure it would work better on a tripod but that doesn't work inside the truck. I am using the Wimberley with an 800mm lens and it works much better than hand holding the lens.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

fabulous

By

from Kerrville, Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

Unless I am going hiking, I will never use a ball mount head again! This head is too big and heavy for hiking. But then again, if I anticipate a wildlife shot, I might just carry it anyway. These gimbal heads work very differently than a ball mount. Once you balance your camera, you can point it in any direction and it will stay put without even locking it down. It's as though your rig is weightless. You don't have to try to hold your camera steady while you lock it down as with a ball. You don't even have to lock it down to take a photo.It makes wildlife and macro much more easy and effortless. ANY photography you do on a tripod will be so much more effortless. This Wimberley is constructed of the highest grade materials and machining. The motion is fluid and silky smooth; you just want to keep panning and tilting because it feels so good. It is superb and worth every penny. You won't want to ever use a ball head after using this product for five minutes. I give it five stars plus plus plus.

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Nick A  I need a lens base to marry my cannon 500 L lens to my Wimbley 200 Gimble head. what do I need?
DAVE W  Howdy Nick, I also use the WH-200 II with my Canon 500mmII. I chose to swap-out the original Canon foot with one similar to this one that Adorama sells: http://www.adorama.com/KIRLP53SG.html "Kirk Quick Release Lens Plate for Canon 500mm f4 IS Lens Replacing Canon Foot with Sure Grip." You can also shop for just an Arca-Swiss plate that screws to the bottom of the original Canon foot if you don't want to replace the entire foot like I did.
Moshe M  which plate to fit Tamron 200-500 and the Wimberley Gimbal Head II WH-200 ?
MICHAEL F  Moshe Wimberley recommends plate # ( P 10 ), .From my experience it's good to have a few extra plates so you can leave them on the lenses that you use on a regular basis,I hope this helps / Kind Regards / Michael
Moshe M  can the baseplate CULLMANN 5077 be used on the Wimberley Gimbal Head ?
BRIAN O  This gimbal head will work with any "Arca-Swiss" type plate. Rather than using the baseplate you mention, you would be better off getting a replacement foot for the lens you are using.
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