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N80

Rock Hill, US
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Sun 18-Aug-02 10:05 PM

I'm looking for an inexpensive ball head, in the 50-60 USD range. Any advice? I'm looking most closely at the Bogen 3413 Proball (Manfrotto 308QR) with quick release. It is $48 at B&H and has gotten good reviews by owners. It only has a single locking lever though, which would make mulit-shot panorama shots impossible. I'm also looking at the Giottos MH-1002 (it has no quick release) and is closer to $70. It has a second knurled dial for panning horizontally.

Any thoughts about these two. As a reference I've never used any ball heads but I played with a Bogen 3055 and hated it. Big, bulky, rough movement, no 'feel' to the lock down levers which required too much force both ways.

Finally, what are thoughts about quick release plates. The one on my Bogen 'beginner tripod' is the same as on this Bogen ball head and it has a tendancy to slip. In other words the friction between it and the camera body sometimes isn't sufficient particularly shooting vertically. I put a piece of rubber on top of the cork and it holds better.

George Barron

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