I have a Manfrotto 804RC2 head on 055PROB legs. Up until now this has always been sufficient for my needs but I have recently dug into my piggy bank and bought the 70-200 f2.8 Nikon lens. great lens and possible to hand hold for short periods. I am not too sure if this head is really suitable for this fairly hefty lens. Can anyone suggest a quick release but secure head for thus set up please? I mainly shoot wildlife and Landscape.
#1. "RE: Manfrotto head" | In response to Reply # 0WD4MLA Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Fri 06-Jul-12 06:31 PM
Since you have purchased a pro lens, you might want to consider a pro head such as the Markins. While the Q10 would most likely handle the 70-200mm, you can future proof your purchase by getting the Markins Q20, for a few more dollars. Here is a link that will explain the advantages of this head. The "Sweet Spot" was the selling point for me to get my Markins M10. Once it is set for a lens, that is all the adjustments needed unless you change to a heavier or lighter lens. Just move the camera where you want it and it stays in place without turning any knobs.
These heads come also with a lever release if you plan to stay with one manufacture for your camera plates, lens plates and L brackets. If you go with the knob screw type you can use different manufactures for the quick releases. I have the Knob Screw type and it is just a few seconds difference in attaching vs the lever. I like and plan to stay with the knob type.
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