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Ball head upgrade for manfrotto 190Pro

 
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Oct 29, 2010 05:41 |  #1

Hi, I have a manfrotto 190Pro tripod with the standard 804 head, and are looking to upgrade to a ball head.
The 498RC2 looks like a popular option, however I realize that my legs would probably be a bit small for this however would it fit?
Also are there any decent cheaper third party ball heads?


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Oct 31, 2010 19:32 |  #2

Almost any head will fit yor 190 (I used to have one) as it has the standard 3/8th thread. Have a look at the TRIOPO RS series ballheads (on E Bay). I have the RS3 and it's lockup is amazing! It's only a few ounces in weight and will easily support my 600 f4 + 1d xx body. The RS3 is probably overkill for most photographers so have a look at the RS1 (170 gram) as well - it's one of the lightest heads around.
Note budget for a quick release adapter to put on top as they are a pain without one - I use a 50mm long Arca type (£20 from China) but Manfrotto 210 compatibles are cheaper.


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Oct 31, 2010 19:51 |  #3

498RC2 would be perfect for your 190. I have one on my 190cxpro3, its a good head and not too expensive.


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Nov 01, 2010 17:25 |  #4

Just had a look at the Manfrotto 498 rc2 - wow it's heavy at 610 gram (RS3 is 250! + allow another 100gr for QR adapter). A friend of mine has it's predecessor and it's very good but there is no comparison in the lockup and lack of droop on the RS3. It's a pity you don't live a little closer (this side of the planet!) so you could try mine out. A professional photographer friend of mine was using the Manfrotto Hydrostatic(expensive!​) ballhead - tried my RS3 and promptly ordered two! At a recent bring and buy at my camera club I was looking VERY enviously at an ARCA ballhead - we all know what they cost! It was not for sale but the owner was proud of it's quality, smoothness and positive lock. It is beautifully made, somewhat larger, a lot heavier and 12+ times the price. He is not happy now he has tried this (RS3) cheap bit of Chinese £$*&!
Have a look on Fototip (E Bay) for pikkies and specs. If you are in doubt about the Triopo RS3 buy Manfrotto and sleep happily - they do what they say they will do and the model you quote has both pan lock and adjustable friction - the RS 3 does not, maybe important.


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