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Old Mar 21, 2010, 8:10 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a ball head for my tripod. The kind I'm looking for will have levers that have a have a lock in handle where the handle is an inch or two in diameter.

I have a ball head that uses small knobs that I just can't get tight enough to hold things in place. I would be open to a pistol grip, but that's not my favorite.

I'd really like a ball head with two or three levers that tighten and also serve to aim the DSLR. I saw one recently that had 3 levers that had large handles. I was not able to ask the owner of the ball head for the model.

But I instantly saw the torque advantage of a larger grip handle than the finger twist knobs.

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I've been satisfied with the heads I've ordered from Amvona.
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Old Mar 22, 2010, 8:58 AM   #3
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Which model?
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Well, I purchased a Manfrotto Standard 3 way head. Model 808RC4. It says it's good for up to 17 pounds.

So I shot my test photo with it just to see how sharp I could get a photo. I used the 24-105 L Canon lens with IS turned off. I used the 10 second delay shutter, I shot the photo at 5.6 and used the tripod and shot it in RAW.

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... I'd really like a ball head with two or three levers that tighten and also serve to aim the DSLR. ...
That sounds like a Pan/Tilt head. Are you sure you want a Ball Head?
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Old Mar 24, 2010, 10:52 PM   #6
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TCav, you are right again. I did not go for a ball head, it was a Pan/Tilt. You have a most keen eye.

Thanks for reading my posts, I appreciate your comments very much.

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Old Mar 25, 2010, 3:26 PM   #7
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Not all ball heads are created equal. I've had several ball heads that don't tighten down but hate fiddling with a bunch of different levers, where I'd get one of them lined up right, only to have to re-adjust another one (the pan/tilt I have). I finally bought a relatively expensive, good quality ball head and have had no more trouble with camera droop or being able to tighten it down properly.
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So... Mtngal, which ballhead did you buy?
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Not the one I wanted, believe it or not. I wanted a Really Right Stuff ball head as I knew I was going to get their L-bracket and quick release plate. I ended up buying the basic Gitzo ball head because they were offering $100 rebate if you purchased both a head and a tripod at the same time. The head was cheaper than the RRS head to begin with, and add on the larger rebate and I couldn't turn it down. While I would have preferred the RRS head, the Gitzo works very well so I can't complain at all. Needless to say, I have more money tied up with my tripod set-up than most, but I love my set-up, it's light, easy to use, steady and perfect for my needs. I no longer have to worry about camera droop or the camera rotating because the bracket doesn't fit the camera right. The L-bracket makes it quick and fast to switch from landscape to vertical, without having to do major re-aligning.
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