Ballheads, using them, a question
Who uses ballheads, and how much more easy are they in use when compared to a normal handle&screw tripod head?
#1. "RE: Ballheads, using them, a question" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberTue 19-Sep-00 11:09 PM
I prefer ballheads to pan-tilt heads for most shooting. I find a good ballhead to be very secure and faster to positon than a pan-tilt head. However for video work I prefer a pan-tilt head, so I would guess that some high speed action shots that involve panning would be easier with a conventional head. My main ball head is made by Markins of Korea, which is similar to the Arca B1 and several other excellent ball heads. I really like my Manfrotto 3265 Grip Action ball head. It's fast and fun to use and it's excellent when used with a Superclamp for binoculars. The only drawbacks are that the Grip Action head is heavy compared to a premium ball head and it's tall, so it can throw off the center of gravity of your tripod when used for vertical shots, etc.
The best ball heads are light but can handle very heavy bodies and lenses. A lot of ball head users (including me) have gone to an Arca compatible plate system. The advantage of the Arca design is that plates of different size can be used with one clamp mechanism. You can buy custom made plates for many camera bodies and lenses with tripod mounts which are designed to prevent any twisting, which is a common problem with standard tripod mounts and quick release plates. Kirk Precision and Really Right Stuff are the best known sources for custom plates. The clamping mechanism for this style plate isn't as quick to use as the camming plate that Manfrotto and others use.
If you're attracted at all to the lightweight carbon fiber tripods on the market, a quality, lightweight ball head is a great match. They're trim, don't have control arms to deal with, and they offer the best holding power to weight ratio.
#2. "RE: Ballheads, using them, a question" | In response to Reply # 0bgs Charter MemberSun 24-Sep-00 02:58 PM
Long time no see. Not really the right forum for ballheads, so I have moved this thread to the "correct" location.
I use the Novoflex MagicBall(R) ballhead. This is one of the not-so known manufacturers. It's a german one. The quality is top-notch, but you got to pay for it. I am very happy with it and wouldn't think about using a non-ballhead.
This ballhead is not that light, being full metal, but it takes a load of 10kg and operating it is a dream. It looks really nice too btw (important if one is into design and looks )
You can find more info on the MagicBall at Novoflex\' website
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#3. "RE: Ballheads, using them, a question" | In response to Reply # 0healthybiz Basic MemberFri 29-Sep-00 02:35 PM
I have used both a tilt and pan and ball heads. I much prefer the ball head. You have one item to adjust, most of the time, while the pan & tilt has three handles sticking out and often you needd to adjust two of them before clicking. I am now using a Kaiser ball head and Northstar quick release system. after trying many others over a 40 year span I feel I now have a quality lash-up. Hope this helps. No, I do not work for www.northstarusa.net but I am a very happy customer. They also do custom worj a very fair prices. Best of everything, Raleigh