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gcogger May 24, 2004 6:01 PM


I've recently purchased a lightweight carbon tripod (Velbon CF 530), which came with a servicable Pan/Tilt head. I'm looking to also acquire a lightweight ball head for when I need to carry the tripod any distance. It will only be supporting a max of under 2kg, and I'm not too worried about quick-release.

I'm thinking of the Velbon PH-253 as it only weighs 160g and is very reasonably priced. Does anyone have any experience of this head, or can recommend any alternatives?


gcogger Jun 4, 2004 6:10 PM

Oh well, I've no pride - I'll reply to my own post :-)

I bought the Velbon PH-253 head, and it seems much tougher than I expected. Done up nice and tight, it can hold my Canon 300D with Sigma 70-300 APO etc. lens in a vice-like grip. I'd have no hesitation in slinging this rig over my shoulder for short distances, without removing the camera. The tripod with head is < 1.6kg, which is nice.

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