Diff. between Ball head & 3 Way Head.
What difference in funtionality do they have?
Which one is best for what?
#1. "RE: Diff. between Ball head & 3 Way Head." | In response to Reply # 0f5fstop Basic MemberSun 28-Jul-02 10:27 PM
A ball head usually has only one control knob, that when turned to release the pressure against the ball, allows the ball to move in all directions (tilt at all angles and rotate on the axis). (Some ball heads also have a separate knob to allow the head to rotate on its axis, and the head has degree marks so you can turn the head precisely.) A three-way pan head has levers, or knobs, and each lever (or knob) controls a direction of the head; one allows the head to tilt fore/aft, another allows the head to tilt side-to-side and anther allows the head to rotate on its axis.
The three-way pan head is more difficult to use and set up, however, it usually offers more stability than a ball head. I say usually, since there are some ball heads that are as sturdy as any three-way pan head. A heavy-duty pan head tends to be less expensive than a heavy-duty ballhead, or at least that is what it seems when pricing tripod heads.
Up until this year, I utilized a Bogen 3047 three-way pan head, and I loved it; however, I switched to a Markins ball head, and prefer it to the pan head. It is just as sturdy as the pan head; however, set up time is a lot faster, and most importantly, it is a heck of a lot lighter.
Just to let you know, there is no “best” type of head. It basically depends on the preference of the photographer.
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