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Old Aug 12, 2004, 7:50 PM   #11
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Same equipment except for the camera body (10D).

Check out the Mongoose 262 with the 70-200 f/2.8 mounted. I originally purchased it for my 400 f/5.6, but it works equally well with the 70-200.


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Old Aug 12, 2004, 11:27 PM   #12
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thats a nice arm setup. i had not heard of them. worth looking into.
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Old Aug 14, 2004, 12:37 AM   #13
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first report: the bag that is supplied with the head from optech is a wee bit too small for my taste. sorta fits like a certain other type protective device that fits snug on some and needs to be rolled on. luckily i have my trusty kinesis ball head bag. will let joe know about it at RRS. i have a feelingi know what he'll say. no biggie.will use for some other device.

the ball itself is massive for its class the lockup knob is superb in its action. the force required to lockup the ball is less then others on the market. large enough for a mittened hand to operate. in fact if you place your bare fingers on any of the knurled taperd knobs they become almost glued to it. the grip is great. no slip. all metal no rubber/polymer bands to wear out.

finish: the flat black anodizing on the main body is almost completely non reflective. for those who don't like fingerprints on their stuff they won't show up here. the knobs and ball are gray not just gray but deep dark gray also low reflectivity but not quite as the body.

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Old Sep 6, 2004, 11:40 PM   #14
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well instead of me spewing about what i feel is probable the best current ballhead on the market i will refer you all to this review:

http://www.outbackphoto.com/the_bag/...h55/essay.html

i am in pretty much total agreement
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Old Sep 6, 2004, 11:55 PM   #15
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Good (and bad) to hear

Anything you DON'T like about it?
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Old Sep 7, 2004, 12:03 AM   #16
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2 things

thing 1- i didn't get it for free

thing 2- i know i'm going to scratch it up with use. it is too beautiful.



but seriously at this point it has not shown its dark side yet and with a 5 year warranty i'm not too worried about it. generally a RRS warranty is useless because you neverhave to use it.
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Old Sep 7, 2004, 8:37 AM   #17
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I'm sold on RRS. Yes, they're not cheap, but they put outA1 quality stuff! I've had a couple of shipping mishaps and they couldn't have solved the issue any better than they did. Great company, great product, great service.
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