Does anyone have any experience with the FOBA mini superball head?
I am considering my first venture into the world of Arca Swiis QR systems, but I don't really want to spend $400 on a head. I have too many lenses I lust after to get first. They list a special in the May issue of Outdoor Photographer(page 70). Price seems OK. Load rated 15 lbs. My biggest setup would eventually be F100, MB15, SB28 and 80-200 or maybe 80-400.
Any thoughts would be most appreciated.
#1. "RE: FOBA ballheads" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberMon 22-Apr-02 12:35 AM
The rule of thumb is to get a ballhead with twice the load capacity of the 3-way head you would get for your gear (present and future).
I have no personal experience with the Foba but it looks like a little small for your future needs if you are to follow the rule of thumb to avoid slipping.
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#2. "RE: FOBA ballheads" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberMon 22-Apr-02 01:21 AM
Keep in mind the Foba's rating at 15 lbs. Even if your equipment doesn't add up to that, consider the load rating of an Arca B1 (90 lbs.) or my Markins M1 (88 lbs.). Do I ever intend to put anything like the rated load on my ballhead? No, but the "headroom" allows you to fine tune the tension to allow easy positioning without slipping. Clamp it down and it won't move even if you're leaning on it.
I'd suggest you look at the Kirk ballheads. They get high ratings and the BH-3 comes in at $235. I'd also suggest you look at the Acratech head which has an innovative design at a reasonable price.
The Markins ballhead is world class in performance and quality. I use the same M1 ballhead with my Nikon slr bodies as I do with my field view camera. I don't know if the online ordering is activated (it seems to be) but at $290, the M1-PQi is a great deal so long as shipping and handling can be kept at a reasonable amount. Here's a link to the ballhead and specs on the English version of the website: http://www.markins.com/2.0/eng/products/ballheads/m1pqi.html
If you do a search for "Markins" in the Nikonians archives, you'll find my comments as well as a couple of other Nikonians who now own this ballhead. If you get a really good ballhead, it will be a lifetime investment that will serve your photography well.
#4. "RE: FOBA ballheads" | In response to Reply # 0Will C Registered since 21st Feb 2002Wed 24-Apr-02 02:53 PM
I don't have any experience with the FOBA mini superball head, but I have been using a Arca Swiss ballhead since 1994, and my advice is if you are going to get a ballhead make sure it has a panoramic bed, the FOBA Mini ballheads lacks a panning bed. For macro work & composing in the vertical format a panning bed is very important. I have read good things about Kirk's new BH-3 ballhead, and it costs around $235