Fri 01-Feb-13 12:40 AM | edited Fri 01-Feb-13 12:48 AM by jmesseder2
I have a 2 pound carbon-fibre tripod and until now have used Manfrotto ball head. It's compact, supports the camera, and has done me very well for still shooting.
But I intend to employ the D7000 for video as well as stills, and carry hiking as well as used in fixed point shoots. I'd like a single-arm device that will tuck close to the tripod when it's strapped to the side of a Lowepro 200 backpack. (I have a huge three-axis, three-handle Bogen head that's fine for using in the backyard or close to the Jeep, but a tough heavy for packing up a mountain trail.)
I need a head that will pan without tilting, which is impossible to control with a ball head. So I'm looking for advise on a head that, once the tripod is leveled, will pan without changing the other two axis.
I've looked at a couple.
= The $57 item reviewers say does not adequately lock the mount plate.
= The $260 item looks like an excellent fit, bit it weighs more than the tripod.
= Vanguard makes a pistol grip for $121 but I'm not familiar with the name so I'm hesitant.
I'm still looking, but I'm also asking ye who are more experienced for some advice or pointers, please.
>I need a head that will pan without tilting, which is >impossible to control with a ball head. So I'm looking for >advise on a head that, once the tripod is leveled, will pan >without changing the other two axis.
Actually, higher-end ball heads have a separate panning base and control that allows you to pan easily once you have set the camera at the angle you want. You may still want some other sort of head for video, but you can get a small, light-weight ball head with a panning base. All the Markins ball heads sold here on Nikonians have panning bases.
Thanks for the suggs. Interesting that I went to the Forums Lobby and ran a search and didn't get anything. Now I know what I'm looking for, I'll go again to see what I missed. Probably the search needed a different phrase.
My favourite 'normal' tripod head is the Manfrotto 468MGRC2. Adorama has it for $259.89.
It has a 2 stage locking mechanism and 360º pano rotation. With the locking mechanism fully undone, you can adjust the drag such that your camera and lens hold firm when you take your hands away, yet can still be moved to your required position (this prevents the 'oh sh*t!' moment you can have with other ball heads when you unlock them). Once moved to the correct position, you tighten the locking wheel to hold everything firmly in place.
It's the safest, securest ball-head I've come across and is a delight to use. It's not cheap, but does quality ever come cheaply?
Sun 03-Feb-13 01:30 PM | edited Sun 03-Feb-13 01:35 PM by mklass
For a light-weight, but strong panning ballhead, I suggest the Arca-Swiss P0. They are about $230.00, but are great. I've had one for 2 years and am planning on replacing a RRS on my other tripod with a P0.
I have the ArcaTech GP ballhead on my carbon fiber tripod. It does not add much weight and it holds my D700 and lenses with ease. I especially like the option to use it as a gimbal head in a pinch. This head has separate ballhead and panning locks.