Ball Head Question

Paul Stenquist pnstenquist at mac.com
Sun Aug 26 15:12:14 EDT 2018


I love my Sirui ball head. It’s beautifully engineered and machined. I have the Arca mount on it. I used The Manfrotto mount for years, but once I became accustomed to the Arca I much preferred it.

Paul

> On Aug 26, 2018, at 2:23 PM, Mark C <pdml-mark at charter.net> wrote:
> 
> Thanks, Henk. I've never used the Arca Swiss system and appreciate your comments. I wondered if there was much difference and it seems that some AS plates have a lip on them that can be mounted against the back of the body, preventing it from rotating on the plate. That feature (which apparently is only on some plates) and the availability of an L bracket for the K1 led to look at Arca Swiss compatible heads.  I think I'll take a look at Manfrotto's offerings and see how they stack up.
> 
> Mark
> 
>> On 8/25/2018 2:54 PM, Henk Terhell wrote:
>> Vanguard is not the way to go in my opinion.
>> I always had on my tripod a Manfrotto ball head with RC2 quick release plate on a 323 base plate.
>> This easily carries my K-1 with a  1.5 kg telelens on a collar. Recently I bought for flower pics a sturdy mini tripod with ballhead, but this has an Arca-Swiss plate system.
>> I found it much easier and safer to mount and unmount the camera on the Manfrotto RC2 system, even with one hand is possible.
>> So I got rid of the Arca-Swiss system. Having two systems is bad option.
>> 
>> Henk
>> 
>> 
>> Op 2018-08-25 om 19:12 schreef Mark C:
>>> I'm looking to replace my old Bogen Manfrotto Grip Action ball head (3265). The ideal would be a ball head with a load capacity of at least 13 lb (the max that the legs it will be mounted on), panning base, lever based lock for the ball head (I find knobs to be too fiddly, especially wen wearing gloves), arca swiss plate system and reasonably light weight.
>>> 
>>> It seems that wanting a lever vs knob knocks out a lot of heads. Manfrotto has a lot of lever models but they do not use arca swiss plates. Really Right Stuff has a few but they are 2x-3x the cost of other brands. There is an inexpensive "Vanguard" brand that meets all of my requirements, but its a brand I never heard of and is very inexpensive, so I have doubts....
>>> 
>>> Any thoughts?
>>> 
>>> Mark
>>> 
>>> 
>> 
>> 
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