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Wimberley WH-200 Gimball Head Review Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 August 2009

One of the Sweetest Pieces of Camera Gear One Can Own!

A while back we had posted a review of the CineCity Gimball Head stating that is was an inexpensive alternative to the more expensive American Made models when trying to mount a large Camera Lens on a Tripod.


Wimberl Head with a Canon 400 f/2.8 LensIt didn't take long before the money we thought we had saved showed why the Gimball head was so much less than its American Made competitors.  We shot with it one day out in the rain covering the Rock Bottom Chuck Wagon Races and it now squeals like a stuck pig.  I'm afraid to apply grease to the nylon bushings for fear it will then attract more dirt and compound the problem.


Our 11lb Canon 400mm f/2.8 lens was testing the limits of this foreign made knock-off Gimball and I was nervous anytime we left it hung atop the tripod.


Forget throwing the combo over your shoulder when hiking or moving about while out in the field.  It wasn't long before we both knew we had made a mistake trying to save some money.


In steps Wimberley.  Wimberley Inc. is located in Winchester, Virginia and is owned by Clay and David Wimberley. They're known to make some of the smoothest working equipment in the Photography Business and its rare to see a long lens that is mounted to anything other than a Wimberly.


There staff is one of the best we've spoken to on the phone and the day I called to order our kit, I think I spoke to the woman who answered for about an hour before I even got to ordering my new head.


Shooting with a Wimberly and a Canon 500mmSomething that I'm not used to these days of automated "Push 1 for English" types of customer service.  Something that I cant say when trying to contact CineCity asking about how to lube the head that is squeaking so bad.  After numerous emails sent to them, I've still yet to receive an answer and its been months.


In my search for alternatives for a long lens mount, almost every time I saw someone selling a long lens head, I'd ask them what their reasoning was for selling the Gimball Head, the Ball Head or which ever model they were trying to get rid of.  Almost every one of them would simply state "I'm moving up to a Wimberley, which I should have bought in the first place."


So I thought rather than try any more of the imitations, lets just move right up to the Grand Daddy of them all and go with the best in the field.


Up to the point of purchasing the CineCity side-mount Gimball, neither Cindy nor I had ever used this type of camera mount.


Once you have a lens mounted onto a Gimball style head, it makes the lens so easy to operate, you will probably never go back to a traditional ball head.


We were spoiled right away, but there were a few things we didn't like about the side mount of the CineCity.  First of all, it makes it hard to mount a heavy lens by yourself, and it makes it almost impossible to mount it if you're in a hurry.


Getting the lens balanced with the side mount takes some getting used to, and we'd find that both of us would be working together to make sure the lens didn't fall while we were moving it around in the mounting plate.


With the Wimberley, the mount is sitting level, so one person can slide the lens plate onto the Arca-Swiss style mount with one hand while balancing it and tightening it with the other.  It just feels natural to let it sit in the plate, balance it and be shooting within a few seconds of setting the tripod up.


Last Updated ( Friday, 04 September 2009 )
Pixel Pocket Rocket Survey Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Earlier this year, our designers undertook an exercise in which they selected the most outrageous fabrics they could find to create 10 limited edition Pixel Pocket Rocket memory card holders, such as the ones below.


                                                   Pixel Pocket Rocket


While these limited edition card holders are not for resale, we will be giving them away to 100 lucky participants in our Pixel Pocket Rocket survey.  Please click on the "Take this survey" link and let us know what you think of the designs.  On October 1st, we will randomly pull the names of 100 survey participants and send them one of these one-of-a-kind items for free.


Take this survey


Thanks and have fun reviewing what our designers created.  We look forward to your thoughts.


                                          Pixel Pocket Rocket



Brian Erwin

Think Tank Photo 
Last Updated ( Friday, 04 September 2009 )
Think Tank Photo Introduces the First Camera Bag System Dedicated Solely to Multimedia DSLR’s Print E-mail
Friday, 24 July 2009

With the introductions of the Canon 5D Mark II and the Nikon D90, and with the line blurring between still and video/audio imaging, photographers and videographers are increasingly required to be experts in multimedia. A “Multimedia DSLR” is defined as a DSLR that has the ability to take still photos, video, and audio required to create a multimedia presentation. To aid them in carrying their imaging and audio gear comfortably and accessing it quickly, Think Tank Photo has launched an entirely new concept and industry first in carrying equipment, The Multimedia Wired Up Collection.


Think Tank Line-upAfter months of interviews with specialists who are at the forefront of this new movement in imaging, it became evident that one of the biggest challenges was managing the numerous cords and cables that need to be “wired up” between the various devices. Think Tank Photo thus created a system of “cable ports” or holes in the sides and bottom of the bags that allows the devices to be connected together and managed to minimize exposed wires and cables.


The products include:

Multimedia Wired Up 10 and 20 --These belt systems work with the Canon 5D Mark II, Nikon D90, and other DSLR’s, with a 24-70mm attached in the Wired Up 10, or with a 70-200mm standing vertically without the body attached in the Wired Up 20, and extra lenses, or audio and video devices.


They include cable ports, an audio recorder front pocket that fits up to a Marantz 660 audio recording device, and side pockets for microphones. These belt packs have numerous “cable ports” that allow various devices to be wired up internally in the bag, or to other bags that can be attached to the side rails.


They also feature a new concept called “Mic Hands,” located on the both sides of the bag, that allow the mic to be mounted on the side of the bag while facing forward on a level plane, for hands free recording. A “headphone hook” is also included to allow full size headphones to be attached and detached on the waist belt, and also an attachment method for monopods or boom poles.
Twist it Up This Summer Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 May 2009

NEW Organic Water Makes Waves


With all the buzz surrounding healthy eating and nutrition, the modern beverage is a far cry from sugar infused sodas and diet cola’s.  Launching this summer, twist is the hottest new addition to Twist Organictoday’s meal time drink.


Made with pure juices, fruit essences and agave nectar, twist organic waters are great alternatives to high calorie sodas, sugary juices and flavorless water and make fun drinks!  The natural sugar content and pure fruit juices add attractive flavors to the water, making it an easy to get the required daily water intake.


twist is USDA certified, low in calorie (less than 10 calories per serving!), non-carbonated, preservative-free, natural water that comes in six exquisite flavors:


·        Lemon – An energizing, cleansing spin on the classic, it leaves you with a happy mouth


·        Mandarin White Tea – A pleasant, slightly sweet brew of soft mandarin orange and mellow white tea


·        Mango Acai – An exclusive blend of flavors culled from the most remote, pristine farms on earth provides an invigorating hydrating experience


·        Pomegranate Blueberry – Fruity and berry, this subtle essence melds the tartness of pomegranate with the sweetness of blueberry


·        West Indies Lime – Filled with the slightly tart, crisp hint of lime, it’s fresh, tasty and cool


·        Wild Strawberry – A fresh blend of strawberries with a burst of zesty flavor


twist is available nationwide and at www.drinttwist.com  Suggested retail prices are $1.29-$1.49 (19 oz)

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 May 2009 )
Thursday, 07 May 2009

At first glance, Joel Anastasi’s assertion that he had a series of interviews with the Archangel Gabriel could raise many doubts and suspicion about the credibility of the man behind these claims.


Who is Joel Anastasi?


Anastasi is not a fire and brimstone, Bible-thumping religious zealot, evangelist, soothsayer, clairvoyant, or spiritual advisor. Anastasi is, and has always been, a seeker of spiritual truth.  He’s also a successful business consultant and former newspaper reporter.


Gabriel communicated with Anastasi through spiritual counselor Robert Baker. The series of interviews transcribed by Anastasi for his book The Second Coming: The Archangel Gabriel Proclaims a New Age cover a broad range of topics including God, creation, mankind’s origins and spiritual journey, religion and death. The interviews also cover contemporary topics including democracy, politics, the economy, the Iraq War, the U.S presidential elections, and the ‘spiritual mission’ of the United States


So why does Gabriel communicate with Anastasi through his spiritual counselor and trance channel Robert Baker?


In 2002, I began studying the energetic healing art called Reiki with Reiki Master and spiritual counselor Robert Baker in Manhattan,” says Anastasi. “I soon learned that Robert ‘channeled’ the Archangel Gabriel. Having been trained as a professional journalist and raised as a Catholic, I was somewhat skeptical. But after observing several channeling sessions, I was convinced this was a spiritual event of major significance and needed to be brought to a wider audience.”


Joel Anastasi has a BS degree in Economics from Syracuse University and a MS in Journalism from Columbia University. He has worked as a public relations specialist with the New York Stock Exchange, a news reporter for the Asbury Park Press, economic affairs editor with Scholastic Magazines, a VP of the Portfolio Management Division of Merrill Lynch, and director of marketing for the Economic Consulting Division of Merrill Lynch, and a management consultant for many small and large organizations. He has also been a student of metaphysical, spiritual and religious subjects for many years.


The Second Coming is available at barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, iuniverse.com and gabrielsecondcoming.com

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