So far so good! Easier to do night sky photography.
On my first clear night I was able to laser align in seconds. Critical because of high volume of air traffic. Very few star trails. I think due to not being level to start. Very easy set up and use. Used a benro and a msm head. Seems the photo was toiling large to post here
After a short learning curve figuring out how the knobs work, zeroing in on the North celestial pole with the phone adapter was a snap. I would recommend the Benro 3 way to anyone using the phone mount to locate the North Star.
My tracker wasn't staying aligned using the MSM wedge, so I bought this. It works great! It can be hard to know which knob to turn, especially in the dark, but I'll learn. I love the precision of the adjustments, and it doesn't budge once aligned.
The Benro 3-Way Geared Head (GD3WH) is a great tripod head, I think it's ideal for MSM tracker star alignment.
Maximising the success while taking MilkyWay photos is and always will be a fine balance between Polar alignment and camera stability and if you don’t do both to the best oh your ability then the final image will suffer.
The Benro 3 Way Geared Head ticks both box’s stability and ease of use.
controlling the polar alignment with the BENRO GD3WH Is supper easy as it offers easy to use fine adjustments on all 3 axis’s without sacrificing stability or quality. it is fantastic quick and easy to use,.
as a result of using Benro 3 way Head my polar alignment has a precision thst I have never been able to achieve on a wedge or a ball-head and the quality of my final image has improved.
The biggest plus this compleat package brings to me personally is if I want to change my shooting position part way through I can, using the Benro 3Way Geard Head and the Move Shoot Move laser I compleat polar alinement in less lab 2 minutes.
Only used this item a couple of times but pleased with the results so far and have no reason to complain.
Works well for my pretty heavy camera.
Exactly what I was after.
A solid X, Y, Z gear head that is solid, until you want to move the setting.
I didn't get to touch a geared head before buying, but I thought this would suit my style. It allows fine adjustment and no drifting or sagging even with large lenses. I was enjoying this, and then when I took it out to capture the lunar eclipse, I found it awesome to be completely zoomed in with a longer lens and be able precisely and continuously adjust to position my shots, all quickly. Loved it! Something you just can't do with a ball head.
The build quality is very good. That being said, it is kinda heavy and bulky. But is expected for what it is. Know that if you are using a tripod without a column, you will most likely need Benro's or someone elses tripod spacer(1 1/2-2"), to allow for full range of adjustment.
This isn't for everyone, or every situation, however is a great choice if it suits your needs.
My only slight gripe is the large adjustment knobs(quick release?) seem to require an excessive of amount of force to engage. This may very well ease with more use. I did eventually touch a Manfroto version that seemed much easier to engage. However it is much more expensive.