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FEISOL CT-3442 Tripod : Which ballhead?

 
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Dec 27, 2014 04:36 |  #1

I have recently purchase the FEISOL CT-3442 tripod and use it without a centre column. The two ballheads I have (cheap ones) dont allow the legs to fold over properly due to the placement of the ballhead knobs. I am now in the market for a new ballhead and have been considering the Markins Q10, photoclam etc

Can anyone who owns this tripod please let me know which models of ballheads allow folding back of the legs when no centre column is used please. Also those using photoclams which one would you recommend as they seem a nice price.


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Dec 27, 2014 07:21 |  #2

Maybe this help you...

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1134542


See the acratech gp-ss too...




  
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Dec 27, 2014 09:42 |  #3

The Acratech heads are good if you encounter extreme environments, lots of rain, sand, wind, dust, mud etc. They're essentially maintenance free as if you get them mucky you you just rinse under a tap and you're all set. They can be turned upside down and act as a leveling base too. They're not cheap though.

I've owned a Photo Clam head and while I thought it was good, it wasn't quite up to the Markins heads I used at the time. You should take a look at the Sirui ballheads too. I recently compared Sirui K-20X and K-30X against their Photo Clam equivalents and I thought the Sirui heads were much better value. They seem to be durable as well.


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Dec 27, 2014 10:44 |  #4

Thanks Saikou. Whilst those acratech heads look great they are a little bit more expensive than I was really hoping (double the proce of the markins Q10 in the UK).

Peter, do you know what photoclam or sirui head will allow the legs to close over it on this tripod?


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Dec 27, 2014 11:14 |  #5

Eddie - I've just recently got a 3472LV and have paired it with a Sunwayfoto XB44. That's not really helpful to you as it's a different set of legs and the head is too big to be able to reverse the legs as well. Although that is what I was expecting and it's not an issue for me.

The Sirui heads seem to have a good reputation.
Also have you considered a Feisol head?

Assuming you got your legs from GlobalTech (UK Feisol stockist) I'd have a word with John there. In my experience he is very helpful!


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Dec 27, 2014 12:11 |  #6

Ill check out the feisol heads olaf, I just hadnt ever heard anyone on here talk about owning one so thought I would stick with one of the better known brands so that I can check reviews first. I purchased my legs from Feisol Europe direct


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Dec 27, 2014 13:21 |  #7

if you would like to save a little money ! i just got a matthews BH-30 as my main travel tripod head,its vary solid and well made although it dose not have the big brand name on it i would compare with the kirk ent. BH-1,or one could spend about 395.00 for one that has that big name on it.


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Dec 27, 2014 13:42 |  #8

does it allow the legs to close on a Feisol CT3442 without a centre column?

Thats the key bit im trying to find out here


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Dec 27, 2014 14:12 |  #9

i don't no why it wouldn't, it looks to be about the same size as the feisol heads ! i'm using it on my induro CT-014 witch fits in its carry bag,any way i was hoping i could be of some help hear!and i wish you good luck on picking a ballhead..


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Dec 27, 2014 14:23 |  #10

Thanks anyway, but I really need a definitive answer as the two ballheads that I have are small but dont allow the legs to close due to the position of the knobs. I would rather buy a ballhead that I know for a fact will fit OK


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Dec 27, 2014 15:48 |  #11

Thanks for all the suggestions. After a bit of further reading on the internet I ordered the Photoclam PC36NS


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Jan 04, 2015 09:08 |  #12

xpfloyd wrote in post #17352800 (external link)
Ill check out the feisol heads olaf, I just hadnt ever heard anyone on here talk about owning one so thought I would stick with one of the better known brands

I have the feisol cb-40d. It's a great ball head. Zero droop and smooth adjustments. Only thing I didn't like about it was the clamps safety lock (for the included plate). So I removed the assembly for it.




  
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Jan 21, 2015 05:34 |  #13

Get the one with the largest ball diameter. That's the measure of stability and lack of droop at extreme angles. I think the Markins is larger than the Photoclam.


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Jan 21, 2015 08:47 |  #14

The OP bought a Photo Clam last month.


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Jan 21, 2015 13:52 |  #15

peter_n wrote in post #17392852 (external link)
The OP bought a Photo Clam last month.

Yes, I see. A shame.


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