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Recommendations for a 3-way head

 
jt354
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Jan 14, 2012 19:17 |  #1

Hey all,

I'm looking for a "3-way" pan & tilt head to replace the stock Slik 700DX head on my tripod. I do a lot of product photography and landscape shooting and would like something a bit lighter than the Slik head if possible (2.6lbs). I need something with a quick release plate (the round Slik plate is excellent, the RC2 plate that came with my Manfrotto ballhead was junk). Any suggestions?

What I'm looking for:
-Sturdy head that can support 8-10lbs (Canon 40D with 70-200mm and 430EXII at most)
-Secure quick release plate that doesn't "wobble" when locked down
-Precise adjustments, secure in portrait orientation
-Under $150
-Not incredibly heavy (I enjoy hiking/backpacking to location)

I'm not entirely opposed to a ballhead with a separate panning lock. The Manfrotto 496 I had was completely trashed by rain and sand...it's now unusable. I don't know if they're all this fragile, but I'd like to avoid wasting another $80 on such a product.

So far I've been looking at the Giottos 5001 and 5011, and the Induro heads.

Thanks!
-Jim


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Jan 15, 2012 20:56 |  #2

James Weaver wrote in post #13705364 (external link)
The Manfrotto 496 I had was completely trashed by rain and sand...it's now unusable. I don't know if they're all this fragile, but I'd like to avoid wasting another $80 on such a product.

Strange. The 4 series I have are solid. I've had sand in one, and I just sprayed some WD-40 in there and it's as smooth as butter. And they've been in all sorts of weather - one even came with me to South America for 6 months in conditions ranging from near-Arctic, to alpine, to desert, to ocean. Still going strong.

Maybe whip it out again and give it a bit of TLC. I could never recommend a 3-way head over a ball-head! 3-way heads are a pain the in proverbial.


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Jan 16, 2012 01:15 |  #3
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Why do you need a 3-way head, for products and landscape ? Most people need/want precision and 3-way head can't offer that.

I would recommend the Manfrotto 410 Junior Gear Head (external link) It's not lighter then your previous head, nor is it under 150usd, but it will be much more precise and easy to work with to get in position then a 3-way or a ballhead.




  
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