GKJR RED Katana Pro Gimbal Telephoto Lens Support Head
Elevate your photography with the ProMediaGear GKjr Katana Pro gimbal head. It's the perfect companion for your wildlife and sports adventures!
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This review is long overdue, but I finally had a chance to give my GKJr Katana Pro a test drive over a week in Florida. I am truly impressed. It is rock solid, like all PMG products, and silky smooth. Dialing in resistance is a breeze on the fly and I was able to catch images of birds in flight (like the pelican below) that I was unable to pre-gimbal. This gimbal is small and light enough that I can carry it in my pack easily enough when I travel. The anodized red looks GORGEOUS on my TR344 with red apex.
We own 3 of these and everyone of them works wonderful never a problem. I have used them in temps from -48 /117* from Alaska to Africa with no problems at all even in the sub zero temps with no freezing up. They are super smooth built super strong but still light weight and holds every lens no matter the size i put on it rock solid (400f2.8, 600F4, 800F5.6)!!! But better yet is the customer service that comes with owning gear from PMG. I had TSA drop one of my Katana Junior Gimbal Head on my way to a 3 week long trip to Teton/Yellowstone and break off a knob. I called PMG and talked to Tom I explained what happened. Tom ask me if i had any tool i told him did not. He said he would have everything i needed to fix it parts and tool overnighted to me and that he would personally drive them over and ship them out to make sure i got them. The next day I had all the parts and the tools to fix my gimbal saving my 3 weeks trip in Yellowstone. Try getting that with a Cheap Chinese company.
I was having issues with another head that I was using for pano shots and began looking for a alternative. I have used it with the nodal/slide rail and half ball leveler for pano shots thus far. I have not put any of my big lens on yet to use as gimbal, but I have no concerns cause the build is great. I turned to looking at the Katana Jr. because I have been pleased with the other PMG products that I own. I originally thought about the original Katana but watched a video comparing them and the Jr. seemed a better suited size for my use.
It is very well built and is easy to locate the knobs in the dark to adjust things. I have only had the opportunity to use it once thus far but I am pleased so far. It is not as light and compact as some of the other heads out there but I am good with that, because it seems more durable than the others. While this equipment may be overkill for what I needed and is priced a little higher, but the saying, “you get what you pay for,” holds true here.
I almost lost a camera due to a poor piece of equipment several months back. The equipment broke and luckily I caught it. I don’t see this breaking at all. Maybe If it got ran over by a tank???
Worth the money and great build quality to protect and utilize my cameras.
Holding almost an 8lb camera and trying to photograph birds high up in a tree is extremely difficult ending up with hundreds of useless pictures. That was until I bought this very well engineered Gimbal Head. It is nothing short of being fantastic allowing me to capture birds effortlessly. The attached files are of a Phainopepla, a flycatcher noted for its red eye. I have processed this as both color and monochromatic. This was taken using Canon EOS 5DS-r camera + 200-400 lens mounted on my new ProMedia Red Katana Gimbal Head. If you too photograph birds or other wild animals then you must buy this Gimbal. You will not be disappointed.