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I am replacing all my gear that was stolen and am looking at the Bogen 3021BPRO, coupled with the 3265 Grip Action Ball Head.
Does anyone have any comments/suggestions on this head? I will be using with F100, 80-200 f2.8 AF-S, and SB-28 as my heaviest combination.
I am very interested in the grip action due to the speed of which I can compose as I do a lot of candid wedding shots with this combo.
Any and all suggestions are much appreciated.
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#1. "RE: Opinions on" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberFri 09-Nov-01 05:43 PM
LAST EDITED ON Nov-09-01 AT 08:45 PM (GMT)
I have a Grip Action head that I primarily use now for our spotting scope. It's a very handy design and it works well for fast changes of position.
I don't use it as my primary ballhead anymore. The load rating is on the edge for your gear. It would be fine if you use it in an upright position and rotate your camera on the 80-200 lens mount to shoot verticals. Because it's so tall, using it to shoot verticals throws the center of gravity off and can make for poor stability. The tension adjustment may slip if you tilt the head very far with much weight on it. If you crank down the preload, the action gets sticky.
The other drawback is the quick release mount. This plate has no antitwist feature and Manfrotto doesn't make one to fit this head. You'll have problems keeping the base from twisting with the camera and lens off axis.
I'm now using an Arca style ballhead that uses the dovetail quick release system. The quick release plates from Really Right Stuff and Kirk Precision fit your camera or lens perfectly and won't ever twist as you're working. My ballhead is by Markins and I've found that using a head with a nearly 100 lb. load rating allows me to set a tension that allows me to move the camera - but won't let it flop when I take my shot. I retired the Grip Action head for spotting scope use after finding out how a lighter, smaller head works better. The Arca system is expensive. Custom plates run about $60 and the ballheads run about $300 for Markins, Acratech and Kirk heads to over $400 for an Arca B1.
#2. "RE: Opinions on" | In response to Reply # 1jrp Charter MemberFri 09-Nov-01 07:07 PM
LAST EDITED ON Nov-09-01 AT 10:16 PM (GMT)
Ever since I made a quick note on the Manfrotto 222 ballhead (3265 / GRIP ACTION BALL HEAD W/QUICK RELEASE PLATE), I was bothered by not having an anti-twist plate. Well, now I have to apologize for having been unable to update Nikonians on the subject.
There is an anti-twist plate for that ballhead, and any other head using the 3157N type plate; it is called "the architectural rectangular" plate. I bought one some time back and am delighted.
The Manfrotto number is: 3157NR / ARCHITECTUAL RECTANGULAR PLATE -1/4". It provides proper camera alignment for 90° vertical architectural shots with 35mm cameras. It is supplied with 1/4" camera screw. (also with 3/8 but with another number).
You can find it under "Quick Release Systems", "Other Plates" in the "Tripods, Heads & Monopods" section of the just revamped Bogen site
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