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Jan 05, 2010 04:34 |  #1

I recently purchased a dynatran CF tripod http://www.amvona.com …t_details&produ​ct_id=2116 (external link)link for a good deal and now I need a head.
Could anyone tell me if all tripod heads are universal?
also, what head would you recommend considering a I have a 30D gripped and the heaviest lens I will probably use is the 70-200L 2.8is.


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Jan 05, 2010 07:34 |  #2

I love my Arca head. All ballheads are not the same though. That's why all of my plates have to be "Arca compatible" to fit into the grooves of an Arca head. There are different quick release plates for different heads.


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Jan 05, 2010 08:51 |  #3

Pretty much any tripod that has a removable head will accept any separately-available head, either directly or with a suitable adapter. Most heavier-duty tripods have a 3/8"-16 thread screw and most heavy-duty heads are tapped for 3/8"-16. If the tripod has only a 1/4"-20 thread screw and the head is 3/8"-16 there are extemely inexpensive bushings available that will let you mount the head to the smaller tripod screw. In hte unlikely event that your tripod has a 3/8"-16 thread screw but your ideal and only possible head is tapped for a 1/4"-20 thread, there actually are some adapters that will accommodate that as well.


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Jan 05, 2010 10:24 |  #4

If you are not looking to spend alot of money, I would tell you to look at the 488RC2. I also have not heard enough about the new 498RC2 to make it relevant right now. I have to say , even though many people have the Manfrotto 488RC2, I've also seen many people (on this forum) not happy with them, just FYI.

Im going to watch this thread because i'm also interested on getting a head for my new 055XPROB, but even though the Manfrotto heads are priced right (for me), there may be some better ones out there at a similar price range.


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Jan 05, 2010 10:39 as a reply to  @ ruben00's post |  #5

Maybe this has already been written about and hashed over and I'm just not aware of it because I don't spend all that much time on this site, but I'm surprised that to date we haven't heard more about the Acratech ( not a mis-spelling, not Arcatec ) but Acratech line of ballheads.

I went to my local dealer yesterday and looked their line over and I must say I was favorably impressed. They're lightweight, appearantly well made, quite reasonably priced, come in several versions from Heavy-duty to light duty.

The only thing which may look odd to some non engineering types is the somewhat unorthdox appearance. All unnecessary metal has been CNC machined away for the sake of retaining structural integrity while making it light.

I think everyone looking for a mid-priced ball head should at least investigate these, to be better able to make an informed choice .


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Jan 05, 2010 12:41 |  #6

I'd recommend one of the RRS heads, or if you are on a budget then I'd look at the Giottos ballheads.


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Jan 05, 2010 12:49 |  #7

John is right, the Acratech stuff rocks. I have a GV2 model on top of my 3531S Gitzo and I cannot be happier. I always liken it to a Glock pistol. It is damned well bomb-proof in it's design - drop it in water, then drop it in sand, blow the sand out, or drop it back in water, then shoot away. I have no fears at all, putting my tripod setup into the absolute nastiest conditions and locales, without even thinking about it.

The GV2 is nice because it has a gimble feature, which I've found quite handy for things like shooting fireworks.




  
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Jan 17, 2010 21:42 |  #8

My recommendation is one of the Markins heads with an RRS quick release clamp. For your application the Markins M10-NQS would be a nice ball head.




  
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Jan 18, 2010 11:42 |  #9

ruben00 wrote in post #9328539 (external link)
If you are not looking to spend alot of money, I would tell you to look at the 488RC2. I also have not heard enough about the new 498RC2 to make it relevant right now. I have to say , even though many people have the Manfrotto 488RC2, I've also seen many people (on this forum) not happy with them, just FYI.

Im going to watch this thread because i'm also interested on getting a head for my new 055XPROB, but even though the Manfrotto heads are priced right (for me), there may be some better ones out there at a similar price range.

I agree with Ruben, as I wanted to my a new ballhead after the first time that I had used the 488RC4.


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Jan 18, 2010 15:07 |  #10

1. Before you buy, verify what size screw is on the tripod shaft. Your tripod might come with 1/4 screw, and if you buy a 3/8" ballhead, you will need to purchase an adapter to upsize the screw on the tripod to fit the ballhead.
2. There are many proprietary Quick Release units on heads; Arca, Markins, Wemberley, RRS, Kirk, and a few others use the Arca-compatible QR system. If you opt for an RRS lever release QR, it is advised by RRS to use RRS plates or a couple of other brands of plate, but some brands of plate will not be adequately gripped by the RRS lever QR.


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Jan 19, 2010 05:55 |  #11

Todd Lambert wrote in post #9329596 (external link)
John is right, the Acratech stuff rocks. I have a GV2 model on top of my 3531S Gitzo and I cannot be happier.

Another Acratech fan here. I have the GV2 and their Long-Lens head, which is mainly used for my birding scope. Very good gear and, unlike most heads, it looks great as well.


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Jan 19, 2010 16:24 |  #12

You know, the OP never put in his post how much he wanted to spend...

I suggested a ballhead that < $100, but most people here suggest ballheads that are > $250

What exactly are you looking for bimmeracer3? Weight, Price, Features, etc????


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Jan 27, 2010 01:54 |  #13

Thanks guys. I ended up getting the SV BH8
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …lhead_with_Arca​_Type.html (external link)


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