Do all tripods take ball heads, or is there something specific to look out for? I am thinking of upgrading my tripod, and when I have some more money, get a ball head for it. Is this possible or do I need to buy a specific kind of tripod which can later on be fitted with a ball head?
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#1. "RE: tripods and ball heads" | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Fri 15-Jun-12 01:39 AM
>Do all tripods take ball heads, or is there something
>specific to look out for?
All tripods would be a reach, since some (mostly the cheaper tripods) are designed with the head as an integral part of the tripod and it can't be removed without destroying it.
That said, any set of tripod legs that uses a 3/8" - 16 Threaded Stud (preferred) or a 1/4" - 20 Threaded Stud to mount the head is capable of accepting a ball head.
>I am thinking of upgrading my
>tripod, and when I have some more money, get a ball head for
>it. Is this possible or do I need to buy a specific kind of
>tripod which can later on be fitted with a ball head?
I would recommend reading all of the articles in the FAQ at the top of the tripods page.
I would also recommend reading Serious Support by Thom Hogan.
Then tell us your budget, the equipment that you want to support, and what subjects you will be using the tripod for and you will get recommendations on the support system that will work best for your particular requirements.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#2. "RE: tripods and ball heads" | In response to Reply # 0nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Fri 15-Jun-12 08:46 AM
Just to add to Marty's comments, I would be leery of inexpensive tripods that are only sold bundled with heads.
If the tripod is also sold stand-alone, without head, then it almost surely has a 3/8" stud on a platform of some sort. The Manfrotto 190 and 055 series are a good example, where they are sold in many bundled kits but are also sold stand alone. And in each case it is the exact same tripod (admittedly something you might have trouble determining just from marketing slicks).
You may run across tripods with 1/4" studs on the head platform. Personally I would stay way from those simply because it indicates the maker was cutting corners wherever possible. If the maker saved 10 cents with the thinner (and less "Standard") 1/4" stud then likely more important and expensive things were cut too.
A 1/4" stud can be converted to a 3/8" stud with an adapter, which is sold in the ProShop here and even can be found in hardware stores. I just wouldn't go out of my way to buy such a thing.
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