Hi guys Can I have an opinon on the Vanguard gh200 grip head .I have read a few reviews and it seems good. You have more knowledge than me and will be guided by the people who use these things. Thanks Jeff
What will you be photographing, and what equipment will you be using? Generally, there are not a large number of pistol-grip ballhead fans in the forum as they tend not to hold heavy loads well. With a little more detail, you should be able to get some useful feedback.
Hi I shoot with a d700 plus grip . Mostly the lens would be 14-24 or 24-70 . The head is mainly for seascape and landscapes and i want to be able to do pano's. I currently use a manfrotto ball head but can't do the panos.
When I looked at getting a ballhead, I alo gravitated to a pistol grip because it looked like it would be easy to use. And while is may be easy to use, many memebers here raised concerns about ballhead creep. The other thing that I learned over the years is that many members want their equipment to be as close to rock solid as often as possible, as that generally is the purpose of using equipment like a tripod and ballhead.
Unfortunately, getting there can be quite a journey, and is dependent on your equipment, your budget, and what IQ you find acceptable. Some folks value convenience and/or cost over IQ, and others will sacrifice no IQ for convenience. I suspect that unless you found a pistol grip to meet your needs, or it had a speciality feature that you really needed, the recommendation of choice from many members would be to purchase a quality ballhead.
I would suggest three things. First, set short- and long-terms budgets for this equipment. If they happen to be one and the same, then fine. Second, have a quick read of Thom Hogan's article about buying a tripod if youhave not already read it: http://www.bythom.com/support.htm . It a funny read, but the message is quite clear, and often advised by forum members. Buy right, buy once. Finally, rather than callout a piece of equipment, lay out your needs and budget and see what is available. You may still want a pistol grip, but at least you did your homework and made an educated choice. If you browse through this froum, you will find a number of threads that have useful information, as well as some specific recommendations.
Yes, this is a long answer to a short question, but I would rather err on the side of too much information rather than too little.