instructions - Custom Brackets
I N S T R U C T I O N S
CB Gimbal, CB Gimbal Basic, CB Gimbal Upgrade
Assembling CB Gimbal Basic
32 Alpha Park
Cleveland, Ohio 44143
Made in USA
phone 800.530.2289
website: www.custombrackets.com
email: info@custombrackets.com
Safety stop
Assembling CB Gimbal
- - Step One - -
Upright
- - Step Two - -
Base
Ball Head
Arca Swiss type clamp
Customer supplied
Support plate
Pan lock
knob
Tripod
Upright
Safety stop
We recommend only using a tripod with a
3/8”-16 mounting stud.
Place base on the tripod’s 3/8”-16 mounting
stud and rotate support plate clockwise
until base is firmly attached to tripod. Hand
tighting will be enough to secure the base to
tripod. It is not recommended to use pan
lock to secure support plate to tripod.
* * * * * Caution * * * * *
If you choose to use a tripod with a 1/4”
mounting stud, test tripod to make sure it
will handle the weight of camera and lens
combination. You will need to purchase a
3/8” to 1/4” reducer bushing and install it in
bottom of CB Gimbal’s support plate.
- - Step Three - -
Loosen Arca Swiss clamp of ball head and slide upright into
clamp until safety stop rests on clamp. Tighten clamp to
secure upright.
Upright lock knob
Attaching lens plate to lens and lens
to CB Gimbal or CB Gimbal Basic
Base
Mounting holes
Loosen upright lock knob and slide upright
into the base until safety stop rests on
base. Tighten upright lock knob to secure
upright.
- - Step Four - -
Lenses either have 1/4” or 3/8” threads. (1) 3/8” and (2) 1/4”
screws are included with each lens plate - it is important to use
the correct size.
Safety stop
Lens platform
Arm
Lens platform
lock knob
Install screw(s) into lens plate at the labeled ends. If not, the
screw(s) may be damaged. Some lenes will require that both
screws be in one slot for balancing the lens.
Pockets on
this side
The “D” screws have fold out clips for hand tightening. To
make it tighter, use a straight screwdriver or quarter.
Arca Swiss
type clamp
Arm lock knob
(must face front)
Upright
Arm
Screw the GLM-1 or GLM-2 to the bottom of your lens foot
using the “D” screws that correspond to the lens mounting
holes.
Do not insert any object as leverage into the “D” clip.
Safety stop
Lens plate setup
reference lines
Camera platform
reference lines
Lens platform lock knob
Loosen arm lock knob and slide upright
into Arca Swiss type clamp until safety
stop rests on the clamp. Push in and
tighten arm lock knob to secure arm.
* * * * * Note * * * * *
Arm lock lever incorporates a unique
tighten system that allows the knob to
move freely once tightened.
Loosen lens platform knob and slide lens
platform into arm until it rests on the safety
stop. Tighten lens platform knob to secure
lens platform.
* * * * * Note * * * * *
Final height location of lens platform is
explained in “CB Gimbal Features” on
reverse side.
Rotate setup lever into arm pocket (see “CB Gimbal Features”
for location on reverse side).
Install lens plate by loosing lens lock knob all the way, then
place lens plate into lens platform. Tighten lens platform lock
knob completely, then loosen 1/2 turn. Slide lens plate forward
or backward to achive balance, then retighten lens platform
lock knob.
Achieving balance is similiar on CB Gimbal Basic.
- - - CB Gimbal Features - - -
* * * * * Note * * * * *
Adjusting the lens center height
For balancing the lens, position the lens
slighty above the center of the tilt axis
(best position is when lens stays in
position without drag or lock)
Bubble level
Setup lever
2 degree markings
for balancing lens, changing cameras,
and secure travel while on tripod
Arm lock lever
push in and turn
to lock and unlock
Degree indicator line
TILT
Center of Tilt Axis
in-line with arm lock lever
Tilt lock knob
Lens platform
lock lever
Lens lock lever
Pan lock knob
PAN
Upright lock lever
Tilt drag knob
Pan drag knob
- - - CB Gimbal Basic Features - - Lens lock lever
push in and turn
to lock and unlock
TILT
Tilt lock knob
Arca Swiss type clamp
Ball Head
Customer supplied
Tilt drag knob
* * * * * Note * * * * *
PAN
Use Ball Head for all
panning functions
CB Gimbal Facts
The CB Gimbal has many unique features found only in our Custom Brackets gimbal line. It is constructed from aircraft aluminum that is “hard anodized” for a lightweight and scratch resistent finish. All knobs
have an ergonomic design and are machined from aluminum to prevent breakage. All of the fasteners are made from stainless steel to resist corrosion. The pan and tilt knobs have a rubberized coating for
comfort, traction, and to resist cold weather. The CB Gimbal has a setup / travel lever that is used for balancing the lens and securing for travel from location to another when the lens is still attached.
USA 5 Year Warranty
For a period of five (5) years from date of purchase, Custom Brackets will repair or replace free of charge, any defect in material or workmanship. Warranty does not cover repairs due to customer abuse,
negligence, impact or any modifications made by the customer. All knobs are installed using “loctite” to prevent them from unscrewing. Hand tightening is sufficient to secure any component and the lens
plate. Excessive force unscrewing will cause the knobs to unscrew and void warranty. Warranty service is available by returning the CB Gimbal or component (shipping prepaid) to Custom Brackets. All
returns must include a return authorization (RA) number (contact Custom Brackets to obtain), letter explaining the problem, and a copy of the sales receipt.
International 5 Year Limited Warranty
For a period of five (5) years from date of purchase, Custom Brackets will repair or replace free of charge, any defect in material or workmanship. Warranty does not cover repairs due to customer abuse,
negligence, impact or any modifications made by the customer. All knobs are installed using “loctite” to prevent them from unscrewing. Hand tightening is sufficient to secure any component and the lens
plate. Excessive force unscrewing will cause the knobs to unscrew and void warranty. Limitation to the warranty - after year one shipping charges are not covered. Warranty service is available by returning
the CB Gimbal or component (shipping prepaid) to Custom Brackets. All returns must include a return authorization (RA) number (contact Custom Brackets to obtain), letter explaining the problem, and a
copy of the sales receipt.
Repair
Repair service is available by returning the CB Gimbal product (shipping prepaid) to Custom Brackets. All returns must include a return authorization (RA) number (contact Custom Brackets to obtain), letter
explaining the problem, and a copy of the sales receipt. A repair cost will be issued and must be approved prior to any repairs. Shipping charges are the responsibility of the customer.
Maintenance
The CB Gimbal product line is designed to be completely maintenance-free. The bearing rotation tension is factory set. Attempting to adjust the tension will void the warranty and may result in damage to
the camera or lens.
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