Does anyone have any experience with the ballhead from photo Bert?
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#1. "RE: Photo Bert ball head?" | In response to Reply # 0Chris Platt Nikonian since 30th Sep 2012Sat 08-Dec-12 11:15 AM
I don't have experience with that ball head, but I haven't seen many negative reviews of Photo Clam ball heads. They are a relative newcomer on the market, so a long term reliability track record hasn't been established. Nonetheless, they have been out there for several years now and I haven't see postings from disappointed owners.
Despite the relatively high weight rating for the ball, unless there is a reason that you want such a small ballhead, you might want to consider a larger model simply because more mass helps to control vibration.
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#2. "RE: Photo Bert ball head?" | In response to Reply # 02pixels_short Nikonian since 16th Oct 2003Sat 08-Dec-12 04:48 PM
I have two PhotoClam ballheads that I purchased via Really Big Cameras. I have the PC-36 and the PC-48. I put the 48 on a set of Gitzo alloy series 3 legs and the 36 on the Manfrotto 055MF3 magfibre.
I like the side button on the shoe that drops the safety pin to let me slide the lens or camera plate into the shoe without having to open the shoe too far. I also really like how both perform after being cold soaked at sub zero temperatures for hours.
The Manfrotto legs are only used with short focal length lenses. The Gitzo legs are used up to 300mm tele although I could go a bit more if pressed. I have a set of Gitzo series 4 alloy legs I use for the really long focal lengths.
I would go with the PC-36 as the minimum. It works well and is reasonably priced and will be a good match if you upgrade your tripod legs to something more sturdy.
You may also want to compare pricing between your linked site and Really Big Cameras.
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#3. "RE: Photo Bert ball head?" | In response to Reply # 0ericbowles Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005Sat 08-Dec-12 08:38 PM
Just for clarification, It's a Photo Clam ballhead and Photo Bert is the dealer. Photo Bert is well known for their cheat sheets and is a member and advertiser here at Nikonians.
For what it's worth, don't put any emphasis on the weight capacity - there is no standard for measurement and no lens and camera combination that weighs that much. Furthermore, unless all system elements can support that much, it makes little difference. The fact is even 10 pounds is very hard to balance on small head regardless of the amount of locking force.
Photo Clam has a number of users with positive reports. I would not expect the same quality as a top of the line head, but the cost tradeoff might be okay - especially on a tight budget with mid to lower priced lenses and other gear. If you are using pro glass, I would not compromise on a ballhead.
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