• Daniel Wretham

Benro GD3WH Geared Head Review

Updated: May 22, 2020

So it's review time again and this time its the turn of the Benro GD3WH geared head.

So why have I bought yet another tripod head I hear you ask, especially after I gave the Benro B4 such a glowing review ?

Well its mainly down to my new love of shooting panoramas, at least that was the catalyst for buying it was anyway.

The B4 was and still is a suburb head for 90% of what I shoot, its great quality, its super easy and fast to use so where's the problem ? Precision, it simply doesn't have the level of precision that I required.


Benro GD3WH Geared Head Review
Benro GD3WH geared head review

When I started shooting panoramas it quickly became apparent that now matter how careful I was with getting the ball head straight I would still never have it bang on and the picture would suffer for it so I started looking at ways to overcome the problem, Thats when I saw geared heads and started to read more.


There are several different companies who make these but I make no secret of my love for Benro products that I have purchased so it was only really them who I was willing to get one from as I trusted their products 100%.


The point of a geared head is that you can adjust precisely on three different axis to make sure everything is 100% level so when you pan you don't get any situations where your shot goes a bit wonky, panorama photographers will know exactly what I mean here.


Overview


The head in question needed to have an area style plate in order to fit my L bracket, and the fact that I really like that way of mounting as well as it gave me far more scope to fit other items to it rather than with a plate that only works with one companies equipment.

Benro uses the Arca out system, so after a bit more research it was purchased.


The Benro GD3WH has an RRP of £179.99 so its not a cheap item but If you shop around you can find them a bit cheaper, but its a really well made head and you can appreciate why its this price.


The design is a familiar one as all geared three way heads seem to follow it for good reason but the body is a robust and durable magnesium alloy construction designed to be a real work horse but to maintain light weight and corrosion free qualities.


The weight of this head is 740 grams with a load capacity of up to 6 kilos so it will easily cope with most camera and lens set ups, whilst this is the manufactures limit I felt it could easily cope with me


The Benro GD3WH geared head has three individual spirit levels on each axis too so you can be absolutely sure that you are level no matter what.

The head comes with a Arca style plate in the box so if you don't have one it won't matter as you will be ready to go and if you do have one then its great to have a spare maybe for a lens mount ring instead.


Benro offer a 2 year warranty with a direct purchase from any shop but they will give you a 5 year warranty with themselves if you register the product with them which takes mere seconds to do, 5 years peace of mind is pretty dam good.


Benro GD3WH geared head review