Bogen 3038 (Manfrotto 268) ball head?
Can you tell me the aspects of this head that you like or dislike?
I am upgrading my old Tiltall tripod for a better unit. I have decided on the Bogen 3221W legs but I'm still waffling over the best head to put on it. At this time, I can't put out the money for the Arca or similar units and I've heard good things about the Bogen 3038, but no one in my area stocks one.
The tripod will be used mainly for landscape and macro shooting with an F-3 or N-80 mounted on it. I won't be using any really heavy lenses, but may want to use my PB-4 bellows on the tripod so I need a head that will provide good support.
Any input would be appreciated.
#1. "RE: Bogen 3038 (Manfrotto 268) ball head?" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberMon 04-Jun-01 01:37 PM
One of the things I like in a quality ballhead is a sleek design that is less prone to snagging straps and the like. I don't care for the pointed levers on this head. It's also very big and heavy for the relatively low load rating. Although your demands will be well within the rated load, I find that heads designed for heavy loads provide smoother action under load than lesser designs.
If you'll be using your tripod a lot, I recommend you go with a ballhead that will take Arca type plates. You can leave these on your camera and other equipment unlike the big Manfrotto hex plates. This convenience really encourages you to use a tripod more often. An economical way to go is a Giotto's head from Kirk that has a QR retrofit:
#2. "RE: Bogen 3038 (Manfrotto 268) ball head?" | In response to Reply # 1Mon 04-Jun-01 10:18 PM
Thanks, BJ. The Giotto looks nice, but the price puts it within $120 of a Kirk BH-1. Have you used both kinds? Is there enough of a difference in features or build quality that I should just save my nickels for a while longer and go for the BH-1? I'm looking for a head that will last a lifetime so I'm willing to be patient if necessary.
#3. "RE: Bogen 3038 (Manfrotto 268) ball head?" | In response to Reply # 2BJNicholls Charter MemberTue 05-Jun-01 07:18 PM
I haven't had a chance to try most ballhead models, so I'm stuck with user reviews as well. The BH-1 is certainly highly regarded and I'm sure it would be better than the Giottos which sounds like it has long term reliability problems. Locally, I've tried several Manfrotto heads, Gitzo heads, a Linhof and a Graf Studioball.
I'm currently using Markins ballheads that are superb and likely to be a bargain if you can acquire one - see the story of my adventure. I don't know if there has been any progress on distribution...
#4. "RE: Bogen 3038 (Manfrotto 268) ball head?" | In response to Reply # 3Tue 05-Jun-01 10:02 PM
The more I think about it, the more it makes sense to hold out for a little while longer and go for the BH-1. I appreciate your advice.
I read your story on the Markins ballheads - they sound like a very good unit. If they're available in the states when I'm ready to buy I'll certainly give them a look.