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Mar 15, 2010 14:28 |  #1

Hi guys, iv finally decided to spend on a Giottos mtl8261b, as its a great lightweight and excellent walkabout tripod, but now im left with the decision on what head to buy??? :confused:

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Mar 16, 2010 11:45 |  #2

Any feedback guys?


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Mar 16, 2010 12:00 |  #3

Do you have any commitment to a particular quick release system?


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Mar 17, 2010 13:43 |  #4

not particularly, ill probably doing mostly landscape and some filming, but light is good lol


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Mar 17, 2010 13:52 |  #5

Budget? Filming as in tracking moving subjects while shooting video, or will you be able to aim and forget the camera? Is filming a major or a minor concern? For mainly still work, I'd suggest an Arca-Swiss style QR clamp on a ballhead. If filming's more important, then you'd probably want a pan-tilt head.


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Mar 17, 2010 14:40 as a reply to  @ Jon's post |  #6

Two heads...

Actually the best head for stills is certainly not the best for video/film and visa-versa.

Stills = Ball head... preferably with an Arca Compatible quick release system. There are many available. I use a Giottos for my Giottos Mt-8180 tripod and an Adorama Flashpoint head for my light weight, travel tripod.

Filming/video = there are few heads which will beat a fluid pan head for this type of work. The fluid dampens any movement and makes your pans smooth as silk. I use a Manfrotto Fluid Pan head which I git for less than $50 on eBay and there is a Giottos fluid head new on eBay right now...
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Mar 17, 2010 19:52 |  #7

Yea maybe two would be the way to go, so what other recommendations would people give for both video and and stills?


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