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Ball head question


Guilford, US
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schollmp Registered since 20th Feb 2010
Fri 16-Mar-12 10:02 PM

Hi all;

I presently own a Manfrotto 055xb tripod with the 498 ball head and RC4 quick release. I realize that this is not a high-end setup, but it is not totally hopeless. The 055xb is pretty heavy, but I can tolerate that for now. I have a D90 and the largest lens I use is a Tamron 70-300 zoom.
While I can work with the 055xb, I'm pretty frustrated with the 498/rc4 combo. It's big and clunky and I can't keep the camera body from sliding on the plate. I really don't want to spend the money on a more expensive tripod at this time, I am thinking seriously about buying a Markins ball head on the theory that it would solve the worst of my problems and I can always upgrade the tripod later without losing the investment in the ball head.

My question (actually 2 questions) :

1) Does this make any sense or am I trying to apply "lipstick to a pig"?

2) If the answer to question 1 is Yes...it makes sense, which Markins head should I consider and what would be the best plate for the D90?

I'd appreciate any feedback that I can get....Thanks.


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