Tripod Head Help

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  1. jbylake

    jbylake Dodging the Men in Black Supporting Member

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    I'm looking to upgrade from my crappy but servicable tripod to a Manfrotto (I think, still researching). My question is, tilt pan head vs. ball head. Advantages/Disadvantages. I shoot indoors and outdoors equally. Any advice about which type of head to buy, and why, would be appreciated. Also seeing a lot of "micro fluid" heads. Really not even sure what they are.

    Thanks in advance for any help.

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  2. TJ K

    TJ K No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I would say a ball head would be easier to use. For a head I would recommend the manfrotto 488 RC2 it is a ball head but you can also pan from left to right which is very convenient. GL
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    Very happy with my Manfrotto 488RC2 on my 055XPROB legs. Easy to adjust and very stable.
     
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    I've had my 488RC2 two years - perfectly satisfied in every situation, every kind of normal or oddball shoot !
     
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    jbylake Dodging the Men in Black Supporting Member

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    Thank you all for your input.....

    J.:mrgreen:
     
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    nateMN TPF Noob!

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    I purchased a basic Manfrotto ball head 486RC2 and ended up returning it. It was probably my impatience, but I found it to be rather cumbersome to adjust.

    I ended up replacing the 486RC2 with the Manfrotto 322RC2 because of all the great reviews. It's basically a ball head with a quick release handle.

    Things to note...
    -It's DOUBLE the price compared to the 486RC2, but I'm ok spending the extra money to save my sanity.
    -It's big in size compared to the ball head (if size matters)
     
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    battletone TPF Noob!

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    For my first tripod and head I got a 3 way panning....thinking it would be better for panoramas, which was my immediate interest. I figured a ball head would be better most other stuff. Well, unless you have a way of leveling everything, I was wrong on the panhead being better for panoramas. I would just assume have gotten a ball head to start with, because of how much work it is to get it level enough to just pan. That said, my next head will be a pistol grip ball head.
     
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    jbylake Dodging the Men in Black Supporting Member

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    Thanks all, been researching this for a long time now.
    Ended up ordering the Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod and the Manfrotto 322RC2 Head.

    Hope I didn't screw this one up!:confused:

    Thanks again,

    J.:mrgreen:
     

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