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Old Jul 15, 2016, 8:51 AM   #1
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I am looking for a tripod head for vertical shots. Do you have any recommendations? My head can't support my camera with heavy lens attached to it while the camera is in the vertical position.

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Old Jul 20, 2016, 5:00 PM   #2
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G'day mate

Pop into the B&H Photo site and look for Gimbal Head units

They are not cheap, but I have seen local birdies bolt their dSLR + 600mm lenses onto them quite okay

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Old Jul 20, 2016, 9:00 PM   #3
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I am looking for a tripod head for vertical shots. Do you have any recommendations? My head can't support my camera with heavy lens attached to it while the camera is in the vertical position.

Please help!!!
If you mean portrait orientation, an L-bracket should make it hold the same as in landscape orientation.

If you have a long, heavy lens, then you need a lens collar for balance.

You should describe what you have and what you are doing. I'm not sure what you mean by "vertical position". You might need a 3-way head or a gimbal.
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How about a very big sturdy tripod head?
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G'day mp

As BB says ... we need to know more

There are plenty of heavy duty ball & socket heads that will swivel into both horizontal & vertical modes. By heavy duty, I am saying that they are advertised as being capable of holding a 4kg / 10lb unit

Also as BB says - if you are using any half-decent big lens, its collar will be at the centre of gravity, and you can rotate the camera body within the collar to get both l'sape & portrait framing

So - back to you ... what are you up to? - what are you trying to achieve?
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I use Manfrotto 3047 heads on all my tripods. They are pretty beefy, and can hold up some weight.
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The Sirui K-40X is a decent ball-head for the price with a 55 mm ball and 77 lb. load rating.
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The Sirui K-40X is a decent ball-head for the price with a 55 mm ball and 77 lb. load rating.

Seventy Seven Pounds ????

Goodness gracious ... what sort of photographic blunderbus would come to 77Lb?


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Goodness gracious ... what sort of photographic blunderbus would come to 77Lb?


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The load rating of a head is based on an engineering principle.

It has more to do with it's resistance to force generated. It's measured as if you located an inch-pound torque wrench at the centerline of the ballhead. The higher the rating, the less effort needed to hold it.

You could apply it somewhat along the lines of a heavy lens extending 3 inches from the body, 30 pound, 5 inches, 50 pound, 7 inches 70 pound.

That's just a generic frame of reference, but 77 pound isn't really that much. It doesn't mean it can support 70 Pounds, but it should prevent 7 pound from moving.
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