I've decided to go for a Manfrotto/Bogen 055pro/3021pro instead of the Benbo. My question is which head should i go for? and should it be Ball or pan and tilt?
I intend mostly do Landscape photos although i would like to do macro when i can afford a lense, my budget is £50 for the head
my equipment is:-
F80, 28-80mm, 70-300mm
Thanks in advance
the Newtonian Nikonian
#1. "RE: which head?" | In response to Reply # 0Patrick_v_L Basic MemberMon 03-Jun-02 03:02 PM
I have almost the same equipment as you have (I have F80, 28-105, 70-300 ED) and have recently bought the manfrotto 055AB/141RC (bogen 3011N/3030) combination. It is perfectly stable, even with my 70-300 zoom. I also do some macro work (have a 5T filter attached to the tele-zoom) and I think that a pan and tilt head is easier to operate when doing macro.
I paid 115 Euro for this combination.
Success with your decision,
#2. "RE: which head?" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberMon 03-Jun-02 08:23 PM
You should try and use a good ballhead before your decide what kind of head you want to search for. It's likely that you already have tried a decent pan/tilt head. I'm a 95% ballhead user for many reasons, but you might find your personal tastes lean toward a pan/tilt head. Just don't form your opinion based on a cheap ballhead - the difference between a cheap on and a good one is night and day. There is no particular need to put a Manfrotto head on your tripod, so be open to other options.
Decide which type you wan't to use before sifting through the models. Then be sure to get a quick release model whatever style you like. Make using a tripod as easy as you can and you may use one more often.
FWIW, I prefer a ballhead for these attributes:
Faster to position the camera.
Smaller and lighter (relative to similar load-rated p/t heads).
No long levers to fold or snag on other stuff.
The 5% of the time I prefer a pan/tilt head is typically doing studio work and I want to make movements on a single axis at a time. Since my ballhead has a separate panning action base, I rarely need to use a p/t head for working in the other two axes.
#3. "RE: which head?" | In response to Reply # 0Rob86 Registered since 16th Mar 2002Tue 04-Jun-02 11:20 PM
I have a bogan 3021 tripod and used to have a pan and tilt head on it.
I went to a bogan 3265 grip action ball head with quick release.
I can highly recomend this setup. I have used up to a 400mm lens with this setup in vertical as well as 90 degrees leaned over and it is dead solid. It stays where you put it and doesn't drift so it's even good for macro.
Incedently, the T6 diopter mentioned is a great closeup accessory. a Bogan 3265 is $80 bucks at B&H and a T6 is about $35. So for less then $125 you get ball head and close up ability and both are high quality. Hope this helps. BobinSF
#4. "RE: which head?" | In response to Reply # 3khitomer_uk Registered since 03rd May 2002Wed 05-Jun-02 02:58 PM
Thanks for the advice, decided to go with the 055PRO/3021 and the 168/3055, had a good deal, get any legs greater than 055cl and get almost any manfrotto head half price. I also got the architec plate, Total price £157, hopefully arrives friday
the Newtonian Nikonian
#5. "RE: which head?" | In response to Reply # 0
I have a 055Pro with 029 pan/tilt head. I dislike balheads (could be because I never had a good one, but still).
The 029 costs about €100, which is a bit over your 50 pounds. It is however much stronger than the 141RC you could get, and has spirit levels which are a great help with landscapes.
any size is fullframe for a given definition of frame