Each installment features a photographer discussing a piece of equipment they can't do without—and a photograph they couldn't capture without it.
Photographer: Scott Dere
Equipment: The Zenelli Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head
The Zenelli Carbon Fiber Gimbal Head screws on top of most heavy duty tripods and is made to support the weight of a Super-Telephoto Lens with Pro Camera attached. It's essential for stability of these extra large lenses, while allowing for smooth panning movements—up or down and side to side—fluently for subjects that are in motion and moving fast. The Carbon Fiber materials used to construct this tripod head makes it super light weight and easy to carry with all the heavy gear associated with sports photography, aerial photography, and wildlife photography.
Canon EOS 1DX II with 600mm F4L IS Lens and 1.4X Tele-converter = 840mm F8 @ 1/2000 ISO 800
To be able to capture this peregrine falcon diving after its prey at speeds of over 100mph, I chose this particular gimbal head for the job. Its lightweight design combined with its fluid, unobstructed movements allow one to throw around a heavy Super Telephoto Lens with focal lengths of 600mm -1200mm like it's weightless. This allows the photographer to follow the birds flight path as it travels past the camera position—the lens can keep sharpness as it tracks the bird in the frame. The stability of this product when mounted on a sturdy tripod is unmatched by any other mounting device—which is why it's a necessary tool when photographing birds in flight.