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Whitepalm
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Jul 16, 2011 22:00 |  #1

Looking to upgrade my backpacking tripod, leaning towards a Slik Pro 624. Anyone with this tripod find a ballhead they like, panning or not. I'll use it mostly with a 10-22 mostly or a Leica Televid 62 spotting scope.

I should mention that I have a Gitzo 2531 with an M10 and a GM2541 as well but this will fill a smaller hole I currently have in tripods. Lightweight will be top priority as it will be carried anywhere from 2 miles to over 50 on longer trips. Im not looking for another Gitzo at the moment.

Any help is appreciated.


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Jul 16, 2011 22:30 |  #2

I'm pretty fond of my Acratech Ultimate. It's a tad under a pound.




  
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Jul 16, 2011 22:43 as a reply to  @ crn3371's post |  #3

RRS has the BH-25 with the lever release clamp, it's 7.8oz.




  
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Jul 16, 2011 23:34 |  #4

The Acratech's are light, sturdy, and reasonably priced. I've seen the used Ultimate's for around $200 but they go quick.


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Jul 16, 2011 23:39 |  #5

I think manfrotto 496RC2 is light and reliable enough


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Jul 17, 2011 00:44 as a reply to  @ KVN Photo's post |  #6

I think you'll have a hard time finding a lighter ball head than any of the Acratech's, unless you look at the traveller sized heads.

The features for the BH-25 are pretty sad :lol:
There's one feature but they needed to fill the space. Somehow, they managed to still have typos in that one feature. :p

BH-25 ballhead with B2-40 LR clamp. (external link)
BH-25 LR features:

- T-shaped control lever controls two actions in one: locking & unlocking the ball and panning base.
- T-Lever is springloaded; pull it out and re-positiion it in any one of 6 positions.
- Smaller lever-release clamp (B2-40 LR) installs with one 1/4"-20 flat head screw.
- Really Right Stuff camera body quick-release plate required; purchase separately. Body plates are model specific, not generic. Under the Categories tab on left, select "Camera & L-plates" then drill down to your specific make and model.


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Jul 17, 2011 02:27 |  #7

You'll find a lot of people, including myself, who will recommend the Markins Q3T. It's an awesome ballhead - silky smooth and rock sturdy.


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Jul 17, 2011 11:42 as a reply to  @ BzBrian's post |  #8

Maybe down the road I will pick up another Markins head but Im going to go cheaper on this one. Thanks for the replies, you've been helpful.


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Jul 17, 2011 15:23 |  #9

Cheaper than a Markins but near it in quality? Get a Photo Clam PC-36N (external link) at $189; made in S. Korea and quality construction.


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Jul 17, 2011 15:34 |  #10

Whitepalm wrote in post #12773224 (external link)
Maybe down the road I will pick up another Markins head but Im going to go cheaper on this one. Thanks for the replies, you've been helpful.

Cheap? £30 UK. Light? 250 Gram. My TRIOPO RS3 has a better lock up than ANY other ball head I have tried regardless of size and price (it far outperformed the Hydraulic Manfrottos and Arcas that I tried it against). With a light touch of the locking lever there is simply no creep - even when I put my 600 F4 + 1D4 on it! There is a downside however - it has no QR clamp - though this can be added later and it has only 1 lever to control everything - some like this some don't.
It is probably overkill for your needs, have a look at it's little brother the RS1 - smaller/cheaper & lighter though it is only rated for 10 Kilo! I don't have an RS1 but am thinking of getting one for when I need to travel light with my 300mm


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Jul 17, 2011 19:01 as a reply to  @ johnf3f's post |  #11

Ooo, im liking the looks of that RS1.

So I have another question, the specs on the Slik say the head mount is 1/4-20 while most of these heads mount 3/8.

Anyone know if the Slik has the reversible stud like Gitzo? Im assuming no.


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Jul 17, 2011 19:28 |  #12

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Jul 17, 2011 19:56 |  #13

I love the Q3T



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Jul 17, 2011 20:42 |  #14

Whitepalm wrote in post #12775169 (external link)
So I have another question, the specs on the Slik say the head mount is 1/4-20 while most of these heads mount 3/8.

Anyone know if the Slik has the reversible stud like Gitzo? Im assuming no.

From the specs and description on the B&H web site, it doesn't look like it does - at least they don't mention anything about it.

Not a big deal. You can always use a 1/4" - 3/8" adapter bushing. They usually run in the $3 - $5 price range (for a nice stainless steel one).

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Jul 17, 2011 20:53 as a reply to  @ ReallyBigCameras's post |  #15

OK, now I see the bushings, thanks!


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