Woo Hoo... just got a tripod... now I need a head
Just bought a well cared for Bogen 3021 tripod with
a set of nice leg pads (all for $100... I'm thinking
that was reasonable given I didn't have to pay for
shipping or tax).
Now I'm looking for a ball head to go along with it.
Currently have an F100... most lenses fairly light,
but I see a 80-200 2.8 in my future... and maybe something
bigger). I'd like to get something that preferably has
tension control... I know everyone raves about the
Acra Swiss... but hey... if I could afford that, I wouldn't
have gotten the tripod used. I'd like to keep it under
$150ish... mostly used for outdoor and macro shooting.
Here's what I'm looking at... thoughts on any of these?
Bogen 3413QR (no tension?)
Novoflex mini-magic ball (no tension)
Novoflex mid-magic ball (they were supposed to release something
that fit between their standard head and the mini head that
had tension control)
Any other suggestions for heads to look for.
Idealy, I'd like to get a fairly light head... the tripod
is fairly heavy as it is, but should fit nicely on my
#1. "RE: Woo Hoo... just got a tripod... now I need a head" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberWed 29-Aug-01 10:31 PM
The 3413QR should work very well for your needs, plus it is only US$48 right now, brand new at B&H.
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#2. "RE: Woo Hoo... just got a tripod... now I need a head" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberThu 30-Aug-01 02:00 AM
The Bogen is rated for 2.5 lbs and has no tension adjustment. It would be a good starter ballhead at a very low price. However, if you want a stronger ballhead with adjustable tension, it will cost more. The Novoflex mid head, if it exists, would be a better choice than the miniball that is also rated for 2.5 lbs.
Here's the newest head on the market that you should look at:
Once I know for sure that it's possible to order one without too much effort, I'm extremely pleased with my Markins ballhead which is rated at over 90 lbs load, but which is very small and light. Look up my Markins thread with images on the Nikonians search engine.
You should look at the Kirk offerings, including the modified Giottos with a quick release platform for Arca-type plates:
A quick release plate will greatly increase the odds that you'll use the tripod more often. The Arca-style plate system offers a choice of plates with anti twist flanges that make for far more solid connection of camera to tripod. Bogen/Manfrotto only offers an antitwist plate for use with heads that have the large hex quick release platform. You wouldn't leave one of these big plates attached to your cameras or lenses, but the Arca type plates are so slim and light that it makes sense to keep them permanently mounted.
#3. "RE: Woo Hoo... just got a tripod... now I need a head" | In response to Reply # 2kmeinerth Basic MemberFri 31-Aug-01 01:32 AM
I like my Giotto MH-1001. It has tension control, independent panning, supports 17lbs, weighs 12.5oz, 4.3", & cost $90 at B&H. You can add whatever quick release system you like to it. I have an f100, vertical grip, 80-200/2.8 & 80-400vr which work fine w this head.
go to a big camera store & try them out.