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Jan 21, 2008 22:27 |  #1

Hi all,

I'm wondering what's a good ballhead for Bogen 3001? 488RC2, well, that's out of my league in terms of $$$. I'm looking for something like $40-50 range, fancy stuff like quick release is optional, as long as it's good enough to hold a XTi + ext flash + some heavy lens then I'm good.

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Jan 21, 2008 22:36 |  #2

HyperYagami wrote in post #4753711 (external link)
Hi all,

I'm wondering what's a good ballhead for Bogen 3001? 488RC2, well, that's out of my league in terms of $$$. I'm looking for something like $40-50 range, fancy stuff like quick release is optional, as long as it's good enough to hold a XTi + ext flash + some heavy lens then I'm good.

THANKS!

Check out the Amvona's ATH-A03 (external link)on their eBay store. It has quick release, supports up to 39lbs, and it's a 44mm large ballhead (better grip). I have a pair of those and paid less than $50 each.


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Jan 22, 2008 01:23 |  #3

HyperYagami wrote in post #4753711 (external link)
Hi all,

I'm wondering what's a good ballhead for Bogen 3001? 488RC2, well, that's out of my league in terms of $$$. I'm looking for something like $40-50 range, fancy stuff like quick release is optional, as long as it's good enough to hold a XTi + ext flash + some heavy lens then I'm good.

If you put junk for support under your expensive equipment, expect to lose your expensive equipment or at least lose quality images due to the junk support's inability to hold your camera steady.

Save your funds for a little longer and get something worth using.


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Jan 22, 2008 01:29 |  #4

SkipD wrote in post #4754516 (external link)
If you put junk for support under your expensive equipment, expect to lose your expensive equipment or at least lose quality images due to the junk support's inability to hold your camera steady.

Save your funds for a little longer and get something worth using.

Well, but my question is, do I have to spend $100 so it's not "junk"? That's why I said I don't need quick release and all those fancy stuff, just a ballhead that it can support some weight, and I seriously don't think I have to get a $100 metal just for that requirement.



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Jan 22, 2008 01:36 |  #5

HyperYagami wrote in post #4754537 (external link)
Well, but my question is, do I have to spend $100 so it's not "junk"? That's why I said I don't need quick release and all those fancy stuff, just a ballhead that it can support some weight, and I seriously don't think I have to get a $100 metal just for that requirement.

What you DO need is decent construction, smooth operation, and - above all - reliable quality.

I would not trust my equipment or my images to "ebay" junk without being able to physically inspect and test the device I was about to buy.

Check out your camera local stores and see what works and what might not. That's precisely what I did before choosing the Manfrotto heads that I use. I would not settle for anything less. I did not, though, spend $300+ for the really fancy heads that are available.


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Jan 22, 2008 09:26 |  #6

I just don't understand some people. They have never used or touched an Amvona's ballhead and quickly they write it off as junk. :rolleyes:
Oh well, normally i would type a long rely to debate with them but i'm tired of attempting to change their stereotype thinking.
HyperYagami, if you do a forum search, you'll find many happy Amvona users because a lot of people are like you, simply trying to get the best bang out of their buck. And no, these people are not just amateurs who don't know better. They are actually smart enough to know they don't need to spend $300 on a ballhead so they can sleep better at night. I have use Amvona's product since 2005 and never once my camera gears broke because the tripod and/or ballhead failed. And i've never heard a single POTN member on this forum who uses Amvona product experienced such disaster either. No sure why many bashers keep telling people that.

Many people mix and match the tripod head and the legs. Here's one:
https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=401010


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Jan 22, 2008 09:32 |  #7

Well, it depends on how much he spent on the legs. Which being a discontinued item (not the pro version) I can only assume he didn't spend much there. Still, sometimes you need to get something before you get the best. On the other hand if you spent a lot on legs, why would you spend nothing on a head? Like buying a MkIII with a nifty on it.

Never the less...

Still Amvona makes some great equipment and does allow for simplicity. I was going to go that route and I may still, but even for the Amvona I want it's around the price of the 488 so I'm going to go with the Bogen on this one.


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Jan 22, 2008 11:18 as a reply to  @ _aravena's post |  #8

Thanks all for the comments!

Yes I'm actually looking for a used 3001 for maybe about $50-$60...so it doesn't make a lot of sense for me to put $100 on top of that...



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Jan 22, 2008 11:28 |  #9

HyperYagami wrote in post #4756719 (external link)
Thanks all for the comments!

Yes I'm actually looking for a used 3001 for maybe about $50-$60...so it doesn't make a lot of sense for me to put $100 on top of that...

i've got a used (mint) 3001 for sale but not that cheap :D!

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Jan 22, 2008 11:40 |  #10

This is the ball head I use. Never had any issues with it.....
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …allhead_with_Sl​iding.html (external link)


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