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Old 29-05-2007, 19:58   #1 (permalink)
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Tri-pod head.

Hi guys,i am intrested in getting a new 3 way head for my manfrotto tri-pod but am unsure what to go for,any ideas?
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Old 29-05-2007, 20:09   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Tri-pod head.

The Manfrotto RC322 ball head is getting very good press at the moment. There is a review in the review forum.

I've always found a ball head to be qucker to use than a conventional three-way pan and tilt head, but until recently, clamping them off was sometimes a bit of a lottery.

The RC322 is on my wish list.
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Re: Tri-pod head.

Is it for Landscape work simpbow?
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Yea it is, sorry P-E should have said that.
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Re: Tri-pod head.

Cheers Dabhand, have a look at that sounds good, another piece of kit for the list.
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Re: Tri-pod head.

Well when I try and do landscapes I was originally a ballhead (please note I said ballhead not baldhead ) user as many are but I became increasingly frustrated with it so went and purchased a Gitzo pan & tilt which I find much easier to work with but not as compact as the ballhead to carry.

If the one Graham refers too is the Manfrotto grip action ballhead then I have to agree this one does get some excellent feedback
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Re: Tri-pod head.

Yes, the 322RC2 is grip action ball head. It's what I use, + I love it No fiddley bits, knobs to turn, you just pull the handle to open the grip, adjust it to where you want it, release the handle to close the grip, + hey presto ... fire away

Only thing I find with it is when I release the grip it's sometimes shifted slightly down, so that a fraction is cut off from the top of the frame + I have to re-adjust. It's probably my fault, but it's something to watch, so what I do is place it a tad higher to allow for that very slight drop. Hope that makes sense.

Anyway, it's rock solid, quick + easy to use, + I can't recommend it highly enough
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Re: Tri-pod head.

Thanks for that P-E got the same problem myself so i cant say to much.
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Cheers Charlotte thanks for that.
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Re: Tri-pod head.

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Only thing I find with it is when I release the grip it's sometimes shifted slightly down
I was getting slight slip with the ballhead especially when setting it to portrait......no problems with the pan & tilt
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Re: Tri-pod head.

Yes P-E, it's on the portrait orientation that I get it, or if it's in a position that's leaning over (any position that isn't vertical), which is what makes me think it's my fault, i.e. not co-ordinating the letting-go part before gravity takes over It is heavy, so prone to gravity The trick is, I think, to co-ordinate your fingers so that you release the grip whilst still hold it steadily in place, whereas it's too easy to open your whole hand instead of just lifting your fingers off the handle. Bit of an art to using it, I think
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Re: Tri-pod head.

It's most annoying when you've just spent time lining up an ND Grad
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