GK Katana Gimbal Tripod Head Professional Telephoto Lens Support
With Canon 500mm Lens

GK Katana Gimbal Tripod Head Professional Telephoto Lens Support

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Katana Gimbal Head for Tripods Telephoto Lenses Canon Nikon Sony Made in USA
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Katana in Action Birds in Flight.
ProMediaGear Katana Gimbal Head.


For long, we have been driven to create something revolutionary. The Katana Gimbal is the result of not copying but innovating from grounds up. It looks, operates, and consists of materials that are not the result of cost cutting but those that are the finest available. It operates smoothly even with the heaviest and most expensive lenses. Imagine all day shooting with a super telephoto lens without getting tired.

The Katana Gimbal Head provides ultra smooth movement and stable support for even the longest telephoto lenses. The ProMediaGear Katana is capable of supporting up to 150 lbs of equipment and features an Arca-Type cradle attachment. Separate locking and adjustment mechanisms allow friction adjustment without instability. Camera and lens positions can be adjusted smoothly with one hand and a balanced position maintained without tightening. 

The Katana is made of hard anodized, scratch-resistant 6061 aluminum alloy and CNC precision machined parts in the USA. Maintenance free, designed with weather-sealed ball bearings, enables the head’s smooth movements. The Katana also features over-sized knobs for ease of operation.

Features:
  • Smooth panning and tight locking mechanism (separate from assembly mounts), adjust the friction without parts coming apart
  • Arca-Swiss type compatible lens mount
  • Hard anodized scratch resistant finish
  • Sealed Maintenance Free Ball Bearings
  • Over sized knobs
  • Lightweight aircraft quality aluminum
  • CNC Precision machined parts
  • 5-year warranty
  • Made in USA
Specifications:
  • Length: 9.5 inches
  • Width: 2.25 inches
  • Height: 13 inches
  • Weight: 5 pounds
  • Load Capacity: 150 lbs (68 KG)
  • Mount Thread: 3/8''-16
Items Included:
(1) GK Katana Gimbal Head with Arca Type Clamp
• 5 year warranty
• Made in the U.S.A.

Instructions


GK-Kanata-Gimbal-Head-0028.jpgConfigure the Katana Gimbal with Double Flash mount for those occasions where extra flash power is needed.
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Mounting camera directly to the gimbal (instead of mounting lens to gimbal)
Items or actions needed:
  1. Need an additional C60 or other Arca-Type Clamp with 1/4-20 mount.
  2. Attach it to the underside of the Katana Cradle
  3. Mount the cradle upside down onto Katana
  4. Use a C60 to mount the camera

Why the C60 clamp is needed?

Because the standard mount on Katana is for lenses and runs perpendicular to the camera type mounts. The C60 will allow you to rotate your camera 90 degrees.

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In the example on the left we have mounted a camera with a PX7 plate into the Katana Cradle Clamp.

Then on top of the plate we mounted C60 Clamp to be able to clamp onto Arca Type Camera Plate.
5 Stars
OUTSTANDING PRODUCT & QUALITY
I researched all of the possible Gimbal mounts before deciding on the Katana Gimbal. I made the Best investment!. It is perfect in every way and smooth as silk. Easy to use, fast and totally versatile whether it is a large telephoto or a smaller lens. The price bothered me initially but I know you get what you pay for! Going to put a $2000 + lens on it...I want it to be very good. The final feature that convinced me is the ability to put a small lens on the Katana and use it in literally any direction short of straight down. Others limit your motion to right or left in one plane, not the Katana. Quality machining that went into making it sure comes thru clearly when you feel it move. The friction locks are great The safety stops are a must, can't imagine not using them. Do I feel bad about the price now, NO WAY ! it is worth every penny. Has a built in level which is a must! Precision for sure! If there is any better one out there I would have to see it.
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Reviewed by:  from Pennsylvania. on 8/29/2013
5
5 Stars
Awesome product
I've always had problems with large lenses, then I found the Katana. Oh my. CNC 6061 goodness. Built in level. Friction adjustments separate from the locking mechanism. Perfectly aligned rotation axis. Did I mention CNC 6061 goodness? Unbelievable workmanship. So much attention to detail. Everything is smooth and well made. I bought the black version, and it reminds me of something made in the 1940s and equipped on a WWII era bomb sight. It feels like I stole something that the government overpaid for, without them knowing. The pros - •Built like military grade hardware. •Great attention to detail. •Smooth as butter. •Heavy. •Separate locks for the bearings. •Great stainless steel thread on base, with rotatable mounting. •Anodized. •Great customer service. •Made in the U.S.A. •6061 Aluminum and Stainless Steel. The cons - •Heavy. •No instructions of any kind. •Undocumented tapped/threaded holes. •Mine is missing the bubble level.
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Reviewed by:  from Orlando. on 6/19/2012
5
5 Stars
Fabulous!
The Katana 2 is a solid and precision built piece of equipment. The action is smooth and effortless and the build quality of the unit is superb. For just a little more than the run-of-the-mill gimbals that all look the same you can be using the Rolls Royce of gimbals. My heaviest lenses are nowhere near what this gimbal can handle as it seems to have been designed for the heaviest telephotos made. This is truly the last gimbal you will ever need to buy, and the design is out-of-this-world cool. The Katana evokes a long gone time of made-in-the-USA hardware that was built to last. With the Katana 2 you can lock it down and use it as a hammer to finish that decking project, then loosen it up and put your baby's cradle on it and gently rock her to sleep. Oh yeah, it can also be used to smoothly track birds in flight or as a rock solid platform for shooting videos of that grizzly bear and her cubs from a quarter mile away. What are you waiting for?
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Reviewed by:  from Los Angeles. on 2/20/2013
5
5 Stars
Technical support
This is the 2nd thing that I have order from Pro Media Gear. I haven't seen a better head or flash bracket made any place in the world. People see them and ask me all about them. Some people are not even people that take photos. Its just that they are made so well, People don't believe that someone would go through this much work for a camera. Thanks I enjoy having it to work with. My med format camera works well with both too. Bill tranum
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Reviewed by:  from New York. on 12/30/2013
5
5 Stars
Katana Gimbal Head
The only thing I can say about the Katana Gimbal Head is that it is the best investment i ever made in regards to tripod heads, I think it's the best tripod head ever made, I couldn't believe how easy it moves and the locking mechanisms are really great, once in position you lock it and it will not budge every movement is is really smooth. I put it on a tripod and throw it across my shoulder and sometimes I have the camera attached when it's over my shoulder. I take a lots of pics in Manhattan in the time square area and people ask me all the time where did I get it from I give them the website I've actually taken my camera off and let people attach theirs and they say they like it alot, some people offered to buy it from me, I tell them if they give me what i paid for it then we got a sale(hahaha). The only bad thing is the price, I say you only live once so why not go for it and I'm glad I went for it. If it was stolen or lost I would buy another one.
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Reviewed by:  from Bronx New York. on 5/9/2012
5
5 Stars
Superb Head
Having owned and used this head for the last six months I felt it was now time to provide some feedback. Firstly, the build quality is excellent and dispite six months of rugged use, in everything the Irish winter weather can throw at it, the head shows absolutely no signs of wear. This head is build to last. Operation continues to be silky smooth and pretty much as good as it gets for this type of head. When puchased I also added a clamp to the lens plate to allow the camera to be fitted directly to the head. As well as allowing the use of "normal lens" set ups on the head, this also allows the head to double up as a panorama head for multi row panorama's with precise nodal point positioning. I would recommend everyone to extend their purchase to include a clamp, and possible also an L bracket for the ultimate pano head set up, as well as a superb long lens gimbal.
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Reviewed by:  from Ireland. on 4/26/2012
5
5 Stars
Mr.
Just last weekend (Feb 16) tried out my new Katana 2 gimbal on a wildlife shoot and I am totally impressed. I have several other Pro Media Gear items and the build quality is second to none. I mounted an Olympus E-5 with 300mm/2.8 plus Oly 2X extender (for an impressive 1200 mm f/5.6 effective range) and the Katana kept everything rock solid still. Even had some wind but it was not a factor. You want BMW/Mercedes-Benz quality in a gimbal, this is it!
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Reviewed by:  from Ridgefield, WA. on 2/21/2013
5
5 Stars
Great piece of equipment
I took this out and played with it a few minutes. It is well made and works very well. Most of my outdoor shooting is at a standstill for a month or so. High School soccer startes up in February and I am looking forward to using it for that.
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Reviewed by:  from Newton Grove, NC. on 12/21/2012
5
5 Stars
Mr.
As the size and weight of your camera gear inevitably increases over time, the need for proper support for it follows lockstep. With the Katana, all worries are over as there is simply nothing else in its class to compare. As good as it gets.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from southwest. on 8/19/2015
5
5 Stars
A Superb Gimbal for your Big Glass
A number of years back, when my wife and I retired we reactivated our passion for photography; in our case nature photography. Our longest lens at the time was a 400mm f5.6 but it was sharp and we enjoyed the images it produced. We made the mistake of purchasing a low cost gimbal head but were dismayed and frustrated at the poor quality and rough operation. We then purchased a high quality side mount and were pleased with the results and made many great images over the next couple of years. Last year I purchased a 600mm f4 and knew the side mount was not up to the task of holding almost 20 pounds of lens, camera, grip and flash heads. Much research of what was on the market led me to Promediagear.com. After much debate, comparison and reading reviews and specs I settled on the Katana full gimbal. This gimbal reminds me of “Beauty and the Beast”. Beauty because of the awesome workmanship and impeccable finish. It is really a work of art. Four butter smooth bearings handle tilt and pan loads. Large soft knobs lock the gimbal in place or produce just the right amount of drag to steady the lens when shooting moving subjects. The action is amazingly smooth and there is absolutely no play in the bearings at all. Just looking at it reveals a lot of thought went into making this gimbal a good looking piece of equipment. The “Beast” results from the robustly engineered design. This thing looks like it will handle anything you can mount on it with absolute confidence. The Katana is engineered to hold a lot of equipment while at the same time saving weight without compromising its strength. The Katana is not light at five pounds but mounted on a good quality tripod of the correct load rating, there is no more stable and easy to use platform for your largest lens and camera. The Katana is at the high end of the price range but considering it is holding $15,000 in equipment, why would you trust something less? Add to that superb customer support and you have a winner.
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Reviewed by:  from Texas. on 11/26/2015
5
5 Stars
Photographer @ www.picturesbyab.com
Rock solid piece of gear. I use this with my Canon 400mm f/2.8 usm II lens. very smooth and easy to use. It's a bit heavy but I like my products to be built like tanks.
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Reviewed by:  from Louisville, KY. on 1/23/2016
5
5 Stars
New Generation
This is an extremely stable platform, and out performs the old standard of gimbal solutions, not to mention it looks great doing it.
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Reviewed by:  from CA. on 2/7/2015
5
5 Stars
Outdoor photographer
A friend recommended this gimble head. I tracked one eagle, it and was hooked. I love this head and would purchase it again in a heartbeat. Absolutely wonderful machining, fit and finish. The balance that you can achieve makes a Mk IV with a 500 f4 feels like nothing and panning fast subject is a piece of cake. Amazed at how smooth everything is. You won't go wrong getting the Katana.
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Reviewed by:  from Chaska, MN. on 3/25/2015
5
5 Stars
Mr
Heavy duty. Extremely well made. Once equipment is centered on center of gravity, moved freely and smooth. The weight of the camera/lens combination disappeared like magic! Highly recommend this mount for anyone who has a large telephoto lens.
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Reviewed by:  from Sidney. on 5/15/2015
5
5 Stars
wildlife-photographer
have the KATANA now several years , absolute superb , build like a tank , very reliable as a wildlife-photographer i use it in the sand (beaches) salt water , forest. this head see a lot of places in europe , extremly reliable its worth every penny
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Reviewed by:  from netherlands. on 12/15/2016
5
5 Stars
mr.
As a hobbyist photographer I was hesitant to make the investment on the GK Katana Gimbal,however when using a 600mm f4 Nikon telephoto lense the purchase made sense. Upon receipt I immediately observed the quality of not only the workmanship but the design of the Katana Gimbal and upon putting it to work at a local air show my observations where confirmed.It operates flawlessly and draws favorable comments from fellow photographers. This Gimbal is an absolute work of art both in function and appearance and is worth every penny asked. I own a competitors top of the line gimbal,and while expensive it just does not stand up to the form and function of the GK KATANA product. Your search for a gimbal ends with a stop at the Promedia Gear website. BUY IT,you wont be disappointed.
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Reviewed by:  from Cocoa Beach,Florida. on 5/10/2017
5
5 Stars
This is fantastic!
Design is also excellent, It is smooth and easy to use even by placing heavy equipment.
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Reviewed by:  from japan. on 5/29/2017
5
5 Stars
du véritable matériel de Pro
c'est que du bonheur d'utiliser ce fantastique matériel,. le Katana gimbal Head donne à mes mouvements d'objectif une fluidité sans pareil et me permet d'être très rapide et réactif and la prise de vue sportive et animalière. les serrages et blocages sont d'une précision micrométrique et le système de sécurité de fixation de l'objectif est tout à fait convaincant. Il reste par contre le poids qui est supérieur à une rotule et bien sur le prix surtout avec les taxes de douanes en plus. mais vraiment ça le vaut largement. TRANSLATED this is happiness using this fantastic material. katana gimbal head gives my lens movements unparalleled fluidity and allows me to be very fast and responsive and shooting sports and animal. tightenings and blockages are micrometric precision and security system for securing the objective is quite convincing. remains against by the weight that is greater than a ball and of course the price especially with the customs fees in addition. but really it's worth much.
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Reviewed by:  from FRANCE. on 4/24/2014
5
5 Stars
Mr.
The Katana Gimbal head is quality, through and through. Set up and balancing were simple. The drag tension on the swing arm and base make for easy and quick fine tuning in any situation. Build quality is excellent, though it may be just a little on the heavy side: this is only a minor item. Tracking is effortless (I image birds) and very stable. Locking the camera in position is secure and reassuring. The Arca Swiss mount on the swing arm is precise and secure. There are only a couple of suggestion I'd like to make: 1) add a reference mark on the swing arm know mount to align with the swing arm scale. This would allow for ease in balancing the camera rig when changing lenses; 2) the stop screws on the foot-plate could, over time, work themselves loose, and fall off. Some means of developing a limitation threading, or a stop of some kind would be a nice addition to an otherwise great design. The Katana exceeds my expectations. Highly recommended.
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Reviewed by:  from Wofford Heights, CA.. on 10/14/2014
5
5 Stars
I was using the best possible kit and that as well as feeling good it looked good.
I had my 1st Katana shoot yesterday. Wow - what a difference! I could frame targets much quicker, especially those I saw at the last second. Yes I could leave the lens lined up on a static target (like herons stood on the nest) waiting for action with the pan and tilt not locked. If a flying bird appeared I could then change targets very quickly. Yes because I could follow changes of course much more easily.
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Reviewed by:  from UK. on 3/4/2011
5
5 Stars
Amazing quality
Amazing craftsmanship, super sturdy ,with a very smooth panning made possible by steel ball bearings, this gimbal head is the best solution for long lenses. With a standard lens it will look like overkill but it will perform flawless. Highly recommended for pan action.
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Reviewed by:  from Brisbane , Australia. on 1/25/2012
5

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