Since 2011, I am use the Berlebach Tripod "UNI 22 C" for Photo shootings on I like the move and guess its stability
immensely. As a Tripod Head for the my Canon EOS 1D Mark IV with Canon Lens EF600mm / f4 L IS USM (I) + 1.4x TK (III) or 2x TK(III) I used the popular version of Gimbal Head, Wimberley II,
as much other nature photographers.
Satisfied with the own recordings is always rare but when a good friend with the same camera delivers constant more detailed and sharper shots, then must what drape well on the thesis that one fluid Head can reduce the resonance while recording with the expensive Tilter.
I have read much about fluid head, also the reports on the new special "Pegasus" Tilt Head of Berlebach. But honestly, really I could not imagine that the new Pegasus may be the solution for my problem.
I had tried already some serious ball Head variants and went always back again and again to the Wimberley Gimbal Head.
Sticking point was always the problem, to stabilize the heavy camera combination in pursuit of motive against the side, nodding and equal shows a clean tracking of the AF to the subject to allow.
I spending more time to stabilizing the System the make any photo. But if I did static subjects with the fixed tow ball, the stability of the system has brought a visible improvement of image sharpness to the Wimberley. So must always at the "stability theory" what it be! Then I ordered the Berlebach Pegasus in Juni 2013 to find out the differences. Beginning of July then come the call of the post office, that a package from Germany to pick up is available.
When unpacking, I was visibly pleased with the massive, visible quality which I there held in hands. The tripod UNI 22C was provided on the terrace for test shots, screwed on the new Pegasus, then tried the side tilting mechanism, the panoramic Swivel unit time left, turned right and everything locked again. Since I have a Kirk lens foot with Arca Swiss connection on al my lens, I could my camera combination directly insert in the mounted quick-release coupling "160" on Pegasus and locking. The small friction screw for up and down move turned slightly to something solved. The first pan went absolutely smoothly in all movements, no jump and release clean pausing in the respective position. Then the first test shots and the direct viewing of the images on the big screen. To compare same motifs again some shots with the Wimberley II and then again with the Pegasus.
Result: My dear husband, because I can congratulate the Berlebach people only, clean work, the idea of using tilt-safe ball superbly implemented! On the next day then the first use in the wetlands. I prefer always very deep camera positions. My tripod UNI 22C is so deep in the mud with spread legs, my hand just came to screw the leveling unit. Then I screwed the Pegasus on top and fixing the camera - combined with right angle viewfinder. Just when one works from "above" the camera and Lens combination must be absolutely easy to use, there may at lead to nothing choppy. One is tempted to slightly loosen the friction screw to this situation to handle. Later I got it again taken back because even with normal friction setting of my functioning in the lead after the camera works without any problems.
A few days later I stay again early in the morning before sunrise in the wetlands. Some black-winged Stilt in front of me walk up and down, but the lighting conditions were not good long. Has been my lowest shutter speed for slow-moving birds always at 1/500 sec at maximum aperture on the 1D Mark IV with EF600mm + 1.4 TC. So it was with the Wimberley II.
Now, I wanted to see what brings the Pegasus when shooting even before sunrise in the twilight. The test shots were shot on 1/160 sec at maximum aperture of 5.6 with Manuel + ISO 800 made. Then also some shots in the Av Camera mode with exposure times down to 1/80 sec for static subjects. At the first view on the camera screen, I was satisfied, but I've seen then home when looking at the screen details. All respect, the sharpness is very good in this light and shutter speeds. And every nature photographer knows how important confidence is the knowledge of the function of his own equipment.
In recent months the RAW recording quality with from all shots frrom the Tripod improved visibly, what I write to the usage of the Berlebach Pegasus. Because I put the Pegasus on the tripod UNI 22 C, a very stable unit arises in all shooting situations. Contributes to my satisfaction also, that the Pegasus in conjunction with my lighter tripod Gitzo 3541LS also done an excellent job, visible through the significant gain in sharpness.
To make it short, I was already excited just after a few weeks of the use of the Pegasus. So significantly improve the quality of recording, due to the high stability when fully easier and safer handling, I was not expecting. The Pegasus is onlyrecommended. In the last few weeks I was again with my floating hide in the dam. With the Wimberley before I had to insert the holder plate turned upside-down, so the lens was on hanging positioned. I could no longer adjust the lens height and the ups and downs of the objective very limited...
With the new head of Pegasus I'm rich in the floating hide to a new Variant. The ideal 90 ° upright tilting device can I lower the camera lens axis from 24 cm above water level to 16 cm above water level. A perspective that brings me in excellent position for floating bird’s, with additional slightly open lens clamp the swivel from landscape to portrait mode is also easy to implement. For birds on the shore and banks, which are positioned slightly higher, I use the default position. The biggest technical gain in my equipment is this year of the Berlebach 3-way Tilt Head Pegasus, which I use for several months with great satisfaction. In the relation of the Gimbal Head to the Pegasus systems, I find the price for the Pegasus full manufactures. May be, that the much more expensive fluid head do finer work, but in the price - performance ratio the Pegasus for me is the absolute winner.
Note: Here, I describe my personal observations and experiences with the Berlebach 3-way Tilt Head "Pegasus", which relate to
how I work and my application.