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    Silly Gimbal head question

    So, I have a Gimbal as well as a ball head. I got to wondering what the definition of gimbal was so I found the following:

    ​"A gimbal is a pivoted support that allows the rotation of an object about a single axis"

    Isn't that what my ballhead also does? Or is the defining word here "pivotal"?

    Silly question but this is what I think about when I should clearly be thinking about more pertinent things. gary

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    Senior Member neuroanatomist's Avatar
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    Ballhead allows rotation/movement in all three axes. A gimbal allows rotation in only one axis. A 'gimbal head' generally allows rotation of pitch only, although it's often combined with a base that rotates for yaw (and a tripod collar can provide roll).

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