Tripod head for tilt/shift lens
I am currently using a pan/tilt tripod head (Manfrotto) and am considering switching to a ballhead that uses the Arca-style plates and quick-release clamps. But one of my main uses for the tripod is with a tilt/shift lens and I was wondering if anyone uses a ballhead with such a lens.
With the current setup, it's easy to set the one axis horizontal and then just tilt the camera down when necessary on the other axis (and then use the lens tilt). I'm thinking this would not be as easy with a ballhead - you'd have to monitor the bubble level to make sure the camera stayed horizontal as you tilt it down.
Also, with the seemingly highly recommended Markins bullheads, it appears that the bubble level gets covered with the camera plate, so I don't see how that could be at all useful for this application.
#1. "RE: Tripod head for tilt/shift lens" | In response to Reply # 0mklass Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Mon 14-Jan-13 12:10 PM
Using a T/S lens with a camera mounted on a ballhead is no different than using any other lens. It will work with the same limitations on switching between landscape and portrait orientation: it isn't likely to be a precise 90 degree change.
Since you are considering going with an Arca-Swiss compatible system, spend the extra money for an L-Plate for your camera and new ballhead. It is fast and accurate, as well as maintaining the center of gravity of camera.
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#2. "RE: Tripod head for tilt/shift lens" | In response to Reply # 0avm247 Charter MemberMon 14-Jan-13 05:51 PM
You can do it, I'm sure others have, too, but I tend to forgo my Markins M20 for an older Bogen/Manfrotto 3410/329 low profile 3-way head. Its just easier and faster for me to isolate my camera's movements to one axis at a time. (I developed this habit while shooting film; with digital, it would be easier to correct keystoning distortion but I'm still a novice with that; I'd rather get it right in-camera or as close to right as I can.) This 3-way head has bubble levels.
I do this if ALL the shooting for the day will be for architecture. No, I don't have an L-plate for the 3410/329 head. If its just a few frames, then I don't bother.
I used to use a 2-way bubble level on the camera hot shoe but now use a 3-way bubble level for my architecture shots. I also use on-demand grid lines or an E-screen. I also use an MC-12a, MC-30 remote release or self-timer to trip my shutter.
I find the horizon bar on the rear LCD too cumbersome to use when shooting fast.
This has been my experience, YMMV.
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