Hi guys, First post.
As a complete tripod novice,I've been lurking on here for the last few days trying to get as much info as I can on an impending tripod/head purchase. After including and then discounting lots of models, I have decided that I am going to take the plunge this weekend and buy a Manfrotto 005xprob tripod, now that Jessops have dropped the price to £105. The dilemma that I have, is which head to buy to go with it from a Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head or Manfrotto Pan + Tilt Head MN804RC2.
I think that I would prefer the ball head, but finding myself getting more into macro pictures of late, I wonder if a ball head would actually be the better choice or not. I am worried that the ballhead might not support the weight of my 600d, 100mm macro lens and attached flashgun, particularly at the awkward angles that I might have to shoot at. In short, I am concerned that there might be some "creep" or slippage. If that might be the case, I would get the pan and tilt instead. The 100mm macro is my heaviest lens by far, the next being the fairly light 55-250 zoom. In addition to macro's, I also take some landscape, long exposures and night-time pictures.
Therefore, I wonder if someone could advise me on the head purchase, or allay my fears that the ballhead would cope OK with the kit at the angles I will need.
Thanks in anticipation for your help.