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Oct 29, 2014 15:39 |  #1

Hi there, I'm looking at getting the Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripod and the 055 ball head but I don't know which one, I also want to get a Wimberley lens plate for my 70-200 and a body plate for my 1000D, is there a version of the ball head that allows the body plate to clip in? Or is there another version of the Winberley system that will work with my manfrotto stuff?

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Oct 29, 2014 16:34 |  #2

I'd suggest against the Manfrotto ball head. Go with a RRS or Kirk with the ArcaSwiss system. You won't regret it.


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Oct 29, 2014 21:18 |  #3

What windpig said! If you can't swing the price for the Top o Line ballheads, I use Benro Ballheads off eBay for the last 4 years and have been very pleased.


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Oct 29, 2014 22:59 |  #4

jakesaunders27 wrote in post #17240238 (external link)
Hi there, I'm looking at getting the Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripod and the 055 ball head but I don't know which one, I also want to get a Wimberley lens plate for my 70-200 and a body plate for my 1000D, is there a version of the ball head that allows the body plate to clip in? Or is there another version of the Winberley system that will work with my manfrotto stuff?

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Of all the gear I own the 055 ball head with the rc2 quick mounting plate sucks.
Mine is extremely sloppy.
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Oct 30, 2014 01:12 |  #5

Skip the Manfrotto and get an ArcaSwiss system. You'll never regret it.




  
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Oct 30, 2014 02:14 |  #6

I agree with wind pig. Don't get the ball head.

If you MUST get the ball head, then get the RC4 version. But don't do that. Just avoid the ball head.




  
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Oct 30, 2014 03:58 |  #7

windpig wrote in post #17240348 (external link)
I'd suggest against the Manfrotto ball head. Go with a RRS or Kirk with the ArcaSwiss system. You won't regret it.

Totally second that!


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Oct 30, 2014 05:14 |  #8

If you really want manfrotto rc2 I've got one I could sell you in great shape...a 496rc2...would give me some funds to buy an arca Swiss compatible system like sirui k-30x that's not any more expensive...just a lot better. Drat did I say too much? Oh well, wish I hadn't listened to the punks at the camera store...bet they got manfrotto kick backs.




  
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Oct 30, 2014 08:53 |  #9

Haha this is the funniest reply I've read in a long time.

Luxx wrote in post #17241250 (external link)
If you really want manfrotto rc2 I've got one I could sell you in great shape...a 496rc2...would give me some funds to buy an arca Swiss compatible system like sirui k-30x that's not any more expensive...just a lot better. Drat did I say too much? Oh well, wish I hadn't listened to the punks at the camera store...bet they got manfrotto kick backs.




  
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Oct 30, 2014 10:03 |  #10

CRCchemist wrote in post #17241525 (external link)
Haha this is the funniest reply I've read in a long time.

That was a funny one. Also, as an ex 488RC2 and now Sirui owner, I can say that response is full of truth ;)


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Oct 30, 2014 10:31 |  #11

See this adapter...

http://www.scvphotoide​as.com …er-for-manfrotto-490.html (external link)

http://emedia.leeward.​hawaii.edu …o496rc2_hejnar_​review.htm (external link)

http://www.amazon.com …?ie=UTF8&m=A1LV​VI8BYKDX1R (external link)




  
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Oct 30, 2014 21:17 |  #12

Exactly. I converted two Manfrotto heads earlier this year using this Desmond adapter. Best $8 (times 2) I ever spent. GREAT PRODUCT (imho). I also spent countless hours of research discarding overly complex, over-priced alternative solutions.

The Desmond "double boss" adapter works flawlessly. Someday I'll replace/upgrade these heads, which are now using Arca-Swiss 2 way clamps: a 498 & a 494 (both ex-RC2). FWIW, I also use / have a Kirk branded and converted Manfrotto head on my Manfrotto 680 monopod. this great little head has an RSS-like single dimension swivel and arca-swiss clamp - that together provide great monopod control with long glass (much better than a smallish ball head). Also, just today, I added an old model Wimberley gimbal (WH-101) - funded in no small part by the savings from converting the Manfrotto BH's instead of buying top-shelf replacements.

Next, I need sturdier sticks than my Manfrotto 190XPROBs.




  
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Oct 30, 2014 21:31 |  #13

photographer unknown wrote in post #17241129 (external link)
Skip the Manfrotto and get an ArcaSwiss system. You'll never regret it.

with the now available Desmond adapter ($8 at amazon), one could buy the top-end manfrotto 498, convert it to arca-swiss, add the clamp of your choice -- all for a lot less than the cost of a comparable capacity "big-name" ball-head.

nothing wrong with the big names and top notch gear. when funds permit, I'll replace my manfrotto ball heads. meanwhile, these conversions allowed me to upgrade to a Kirk/Manfrotto arca-swiss head on my monopod, and acquire a Wimberley gimbal for the longer glass (both heads used - max value/min cost?).

works for me. but ymmv.




  
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Nov 02, 2014 10:43 |  #14

Luxx wrote in post #17241250 (external link)
If you really want manfrotto rc2 I've got one I could sell you in great shape...a 496rc2...would give me some funds to buy an arca Swiss compatible system like sirui k-30x that's not any more expensive...just a lot better. Drat did I say too much? Oh well, wish I hadn't listened to the punks at the camera store...bet they got manfrotto kick backs.

Funny, but probably true.


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Nov 02, 2014 11:24 as a reply to  @ NASS Photo's post |  #15

daleg wrote in post #17242881 (external link)
with the now available Desmond adapter ($8 at amazon), one could buy the top-end manfrotto 498, convert it to arca-swiss, add the clamp of your choice -- all for a lot less than the cost of a comparable capacity "big-name" ball-head.
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The (biggest) problem with the Manfrotto balls is not the mount (although, I'm not a fan of the RC2 mount), but is the inability to properly set tension and the shifting caused by attempting to tighten the ball down. The better AS-compatible ball heads from the more well-known manufacturers don't have those issues and


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