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Gimbal Lock - How Secure Does it Need to Be?

Discussion in 'Standard/4k Discussion' started by Flffddy, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. Flffddy

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    Another dumb gimbal lock question from me. So I just got the Neewer gimbal lock for my P3 Standard, and I'm not sure how secure it is. It allows the camera to move still, side to side but not up and down, It doesn't seem to really lock in place, but rather just sort of sits there giving the camera some general guidance about which way to point. I actually got a two pack so tried the second one to see if it worked better but alas it did not. I was hoping to take the Phantom on a trip tomorrow morning. Is it okay if the camera is able to move a little? I have no idea how delicate these things are so I'm really anxious about hurting it. And I don't really understand what the gimbal lock is trying to do so I don't know how secure the camera really needs to be.

    Link to the Neewer gimbal lock I'm referring to.

    https://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Profe...1475283584&sr=8-2&keywords=neewer+gimbal+lock
     
  2. rocketflyer

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    I personally don't like these as the camera still is able to rotate.
     
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  3. WilliamM

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    I use the very same one and think it's just fine. The camera will not move up or down at all, and there's very limited movement to the sides. Unless you're checking your bags at the airport for a trip it's adequate. I stopped using the stock one because I felt it was too tight and had to force it off and on. The camera is designed to move in it's operation, so a bit of movement isn't going to cause damage. It's stopping it from slapping around, that's good enough for me.
     
  4. dg8882

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    If you are looking for something secure, I got this one and there is no movement at all. Just leave a message to the seller if you need one to fit the standard. http://m.ebay.com/itm/111685935307


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  5. Philltayl

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    My view is that from an engineering point of view, the gimbals are a precision piece and should be treated as such. There is nothing wrong with the lock that comes as standard, it's just that it's clear plastic and needs to be painted red.......:)
     
  6. WilliamM

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    I put those red flags on mine so I don't forget to take them off.
    These: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01774KH9U/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Still changed mine from stock, felt the original one was overly tight. Maybe that was just mine, felt like I was going to break something getting it off.
     
  7. blacter

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    Timely. I tried for 15 minutes yesterday trying to get the factory lock back in place. Didn't even come close. What's the trick?