LucidPhoto70 wrote in post #14249945
I am looking at a nice light carbon fiber travel tripod for tall (6 ft.) people and saw all the reviews on the Feisol CT-3441T. I have a Manfrotto monopod already with a Manfrotto 234RC Monopod Head. Can I use the same head on this tripod?
Also if I decide this head isn't right for me and I want a ball head, is there a Manfrotto that is compact enough for the CT-3441T? I really like the quick release on the Manfrotto and have a BlackRapid RS7 strap with the FastenR-T1 attachment that allows it to work with the Manfrotto RC2 quick release plates. It would be ideal if I can go from tripod, to monopod, to strap all using the same Manfrotto RC2 quick release plate on my camera.
You have received excellent advice so far. I want to add my two cents: The ball head is critical for several reasons, stability, ease of use and weight. But you already know that. However, to get full measure you need to think about how the ball head "mates" to the camera body. Any play or vibration and you have pretty much wasted your money. The arca-swiss-clamp is the quick release part that is integrated into the head of many popular ball head. There is another part that makes it all work, the so-called mounting plate that attaches to your camera via the tripod mounting screw. It has a rail that fits into the Arca Swiss clamp and once tightened, that baby ain't going anywhere. I have a plate designed for each of my camera bodies. Companies like Acratech or Kirk offer these for all popular camera bodies. They go for about $50.
The Arca Swiss system is excellent. Used with the appropriate mounting plate it is convenient and absolutely rock solid.