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Jan 12, 2012 17:06 |  #1

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.


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Jan 12, 2012 18:12 |  #2

Well, I'd move up from the 496 to the 498 in the ball head line. You'll find the separate pan control the 498 offers means one less adjustment that needs the ball head to be loosened. If packed size isn't an issue (the control arms on the 804 could get in the way when you're transporting the rig) then I think I'd go with the 804 for better control (one control for each axis), but if you'll be carting it around all over the place, get the 498, but keep the camera stabilized as you tighten down the ballhead. Or look at some of the Arca-Swiss style ballheads like Markins or RRS, with time-tested tension controls for the ball.


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Jan 12, 2012 18:44 |  #3

Jon wrote in post #13694571 (external link)
Well, I'd move up from the 496 to the 498 in the ball head line. You'll find the separate pan control the 498 offers means one less adjustment that needs the ball head to be loosened. If packed size isn't an issue (the control arms on the 804 could get in the way when you're transporting the rig) then I think I'd go with the 804 for better control (one control for each axis), but if you'll be carting it around all over the place, get the 498, but keep the camera stabilized as you tighten down the ballhead. Or look at some of the Arca-Swiss style ballheads like Markins or RRS, with time-tested tension controls for the ball.

Thanks for your quick comment, Jon. :D I did have a look at the 498 earlier, but at £35 more than the 496, it is outside of the already stretched budget that I have. However, I note your comment on the 804. Size/transportation isn't an issue to me, and I take on board the better usability/control over the 496. Add to that, my propensity for being a clutz, then the ballhead tightening (not-tightening) scenario begins to look an ugly possibility!

I have reserved both heads for collection with the tripod tomorrow and will make a choice when I get there.

Much appreciate you taking the time to help me.

Cheers!


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Jan 13, 2012 10:10 as a reply to  @ Diamonddec's post |  #4

Well, I went down to the camera shop this morning and tried out the 804 Pan and Tilt and 496RC2 ballhead. (They didn't have the 498) After having a play with both, I actually preferred the ballhead, and like the extra security that the friction control gives. So, I bought the Manfrotto 005xprob tripod and 496RC2 ballhead. :D

Thanks very much Jon, for your input. :)


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Jan 13, 2012 10:38 |  #5

The classic combo.


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Jan 13, 2012 12:02 |  #6

irishman wrote in post #13698088 (external link)
The classic combo.

Seems to be! :) I've been messing about with it for the last couple of hours and I'm well pleased! :D


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Jan 13, 2012 12:24 |  #7

Yep, tried and true!


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