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Old May 7, 2010, 10:11 PM   #11
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Cullman 519: 3-Way pan & tilt
Velbon 435: 4-way panhead

3 vs 4 means what exactly? Would I benefit from a 4 way panhead?
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Old May 8, 2010, 12:49 AM   #12
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If you shoot video, you may want the extra tilt angle. All it means is that you get 4 axis of adjustments vs 3 axis.
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I'm confused (happens a lot). My "3-way" allows pan, and tilt along two different axes. What's the 4th adjustment?

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Old May 8, 2010, 6:42 AM   #14
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3 way is pan left and right, tilt up and down then adjust to shoot landscape to portrait, I have not idea what is the 4th thing.
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OK, thanks. For video you want a ball head where you can make the whole head level so when you pan live action the panning remains horizontal. But the Cullmann isn't a ball head so I was just wondering what they meant. Their web site doesn't help.
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no for video you want a pan head, it is more stable when panning then with a ball head, also smoother action. For photo, a ball head is easier to set up. That is why I have a ball head mounted to the short tube. That is what I use for photos.
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I do a lot of semi-pro video. We use fluid heads made for pro video, like this one:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc....html#features

They really do have an internal ball. For sturdiness reasons the ball doesn't have a lot of range of movement, just used to level the head. You can't level pro sticks well enough by trying to level the legs.

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PS: The ball in the one I reference above, is almost 3" in diameter.

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Okay, the photo balls was what I was thinking about. They do not do to well when panning. But I have seen those large video balls. They look like the would have nice fluid action oppose to the compression balls for photo.
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Yeah, real professional video is a very different ballgame.

In the true pro video fluid heads, you can't see the ball. It's surrounded by the rest of the fluid controls. That's why you thought video heads were pan heads.

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