Tripod ballhead assistance/recommendations

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  1. ionz13

    ionz13 TPF Noob!

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    I'm new at photography and am picking it up as a hobby.

    I'm having trouble deciding what ballhead to get for it. I really enjoy the Markins Q3, but think that is too expensive for just an amateur. What I'm looking for is something similar to the Markins Q3 (easy to adjust on the fly, "sweet spot") and I also would like a bubble attached to the head.

    The tripod I'm set on is the Manfrotto/Bogen 190XproB
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    I've been looking at the Manfrotto/bogen 488RC0 and am wondering if the plate and quick release mechanism can be changed out at all?
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    any recommendations on a different ballhead?
     
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    I have the 322RC2 Grip Action Ballhead and I like it a lot. I set up the grip for my left hand, leaving my right hand free to operate the camera. I use the grip handle to position the camera. This way I can reposition and shoot quickly.
     
  3. ionz13

    ionz13 TPF Noob!

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    I was leaning away from the Grip head b/c I want something a bit more compact. Thanks for the help though.
     
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    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Why, what has being an amature got to do with the cost of a piece of equipment that you are going to use? I understand if you say it's too exensive and if I buy it I won't be able to put food on the table for the kids for a week. Quality comes at a cost amature or not. Otherwise we would all be driving Yugo's. (No offense intended to any Yugo drivers.)

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Giottos-MH-1300-Socket-MH-657-Release/dp/B000OOBQY6]Amazon.com: Giottos MH-1300 Pro Series II Extra Large Socket & Ball Head with MH-657 Quick Release System - Max Load: 20 Lbs.: Electronics[/ame]

    Giottos | MH-1301 Pro Series II Medium Ballhead | MH1301-656


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    Manfrotto by Bogen Imaging | 488RC2 Midi Ball Head with | 488RC2
     
  5. Ken Rockwell

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    Personally, I don't see much reason for tripods with todays advances in technology.

    However, if you find the need for one, the rule of thumb the is twice the weight capacity of your heaviest lens and body.

    Good Luck!
     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Are you looking for a large ball head that does not use a quick release plate?

    There are two models: 488 and the 488-rc0
    The rc0 uses a quick release plate
     
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    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Apparently monopods are ok however if you look at Rockwells home page. :lmao: :lol: :lmao: :lol: :lmao:
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    "Ken Rockwell's" comments aside, that is IMO, an excellent combination. It's one that I use frequently.
     
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    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Just curious, do you find the RC0 to be a bit of "overkill" on a DSLR? Always seemed more like a medium format size plate to me. But then I left RC2 and switched to Arca-swiss standard and would never change now.
     
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    The RCO is a larger plate, but the thing I really like about it is that it's easy to mount in a hurry. With the RC2, you're a lot more limited as far as just slamming the body/lens onto the head and I find it too darn fiddly. In fact, if I could change my monopod to RC2, I'd do it.
     
  12. ionz13

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    I just think it's too expensive for me and that a simpler/cheaper ballhead will satisfy my needs. (I wanted to state what level of photography I am at so as to help provide a better answer to my needs.)



    Any reasons why? Is it because the plate is too much for the tripod?

    After making this post I actually really like the giottos MH-1301. Anyone use this one much?
     

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