Ball Head Recommendations

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  1. jman08

    jman08 TPF Noob!

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    I'm looking into getting a Manfrotto 055. I was wondering what ball heads I should check out. Also- I use an R-strap. Are there any quick release systems that still allow access to the tripod screw, or should I just get a ball head without the quick release?
     
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    I'd probably recommend this:

    Manfrotto 468MGRC2 Magnesium Hydrostatic Ballhead - 468MGRC2 -

    * hydrostatic tension adjustment
    * rated for more max weight than the Manfrotto 055
    * quick release plate
    * I've always had good history with that brand

    As for your last question, I find it quicker and easier to use a tripod with a quick release plate. Its also easier and fairly quick to remove the plate for your R-strap. As such, I would still see a benefit over a ball head without one.

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    I also noticed that black rapid makes a "screw" specifically designed for the Manfrotto quick release plate. Looks like your solution.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...apid_FR_T1_FASTEN_T1_R_STRAP_f_MANFROTTO.html
     

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