The Jr.3 Deluxe kit weighs in at 1.5 lbs, 680grams. This is the
lightest, best functioning gimbal head on the market, capable of
supporting and balancing a 500F4 and Pro body comfortably. We still
recommend a bigger HD4 gimbal for daily use, but if weight is
your primary concern and you are traveling by air extensively, then
lighten your load: Get a Jr.3 Deluxe, your back will thank you.
The Jr.3 Deluxe, and our other gimbals fit any tripod with a standard
3/8"-16 threaded top. We DO NOT RECOMMEND tripods with a 1/4"-20 thread
under any circumstances. Using a 1/4"-20 threaded tripod with a reducer
bushing will VOID your warranty.
Why the DLX instead of the regular kit? The swing-arm is integrated with the quick-release - making it lighter and deeper, so lenses with a taller lens foot can balance better.
- One-piece hollow, cast, heat treated, aluminum body
- Extreme stiffness for a small gimbal head
- Overall 1.0” reduced height from Jr.2 head
- Includes New HM-J3D Fully CNC Machined, billet 6061-T6 aluminum swing-arm, not a cheap casting. More room for camera clearance!
- Built-in Arca-Swiss compatible quick release clamp
- Needle roller bearings in tilt axis for smoothness
- Rubberized knobs for cold and wet weather usage
- Standard 3/8” tripod mount
- Camera/Lens Capacity of 5-12lbs recommended. See Product Description
- Maximum weight: 50+ lbs / 22+ kg for occasional usage. See Product Description
As currently shipping:
- Full Jr.3 DLX weight: 1lb 8oz
- Height: 7.13”
- Width (knob-to-knob): 8.5”
- Widest point is the Arca clamp:
- Base mount: 1.75” diameter
- Knob diameter: 1.5”
- Requires 1x Jobu Design Surefoot lensplate or Replacement foot, or compatible Arca-Swiss plate. Plates are NOT included with gimbals.
- Requires sturdy tripod with 3/8"-16 top bolt thread, like the TCF-36 Algonquin, or equivalent.
Lens and camera recommended under 12lb total. Everyone asks if this
means the Jr.3 DLX is weak and inferior to a $50 imported gimbal with a
weight capacity of 50lbs. No, of course not! The Jr.3 is a superior
product with REAL specifications, not made-up, meaningless weight
capacity numbers. Our 12-lb recommendation is meant to steer you to
choose the correct cameras and lenses for best fit, clearance and
Yes, you can routinely use a 500mm F4 or 600mm F4
lens on the Jr.3 gimbal head without fear of damage, but in general
we recommend that the HD4 is
more adequate for most users shooting with big equipment. Only choose a
Jr.3 DLX for serious weight savings when you have severe luggage
restrictions or packing size limits. We designed the Jr.3 DLX in order to
fit up to a 200-500 Nikon zoom and similar lenses, so all clearance points, finger
gaps, etc are intentional by design. Using equipment that is physically
larger (note this has NOTHING to do with weight limits), will limit your
tilt ability up/down, or make it impossible to balance your lens (you
may need replacement feet, or even CUSTOM feet for your lens, to make it
fit and balance).
Small lenses may have
restricted tilt-motion when pointing "up" if you are using a battery
grip or pro-size DSLR. For instance, a 70-200 F2.8 with a Canon 1Dx will
balance very close to the camera and restrict the tilt capability due
to the battery grip area's proximity to the base of the gimbal head. For
small lenses, we generally recommend smaller camera bodies to ensure
balance points are in the most practical locations for photography with
NOTE ABOUT LARGE LENSES: If using a large Canon or
Nikon lens, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND using a Jobu Design replacement foot,
like the LF-C604 or LF-N604. A replacement foot will lower the centre of
gravity of your lens and make it lighter. In most cases, large lenses
with tall lens-collar feet CANNOT balance on a Jr.3 DLX without a LENS FOOT.
We recommend replacement feet for the Nikon 300F2.8, 200-400, 500F4 and
600 F4, and the Canon 500F4 (IS 1 and 2) and 600F4 (IS1 and 2) and 400
F2.8 IS. Users of the new Sigma Sport 150-600 and 500mm F4 should also get the LF-S156S or LF-S504, respectively.