|Quoting BO__einG (Reply 11):|
A Ball head interests me as well as it looks much easier to use and clutter free.
You will like a BH
much better then a pan/tilt, but looking at Acratech, Arca Swiss, RRS, you are going to see they all will destroy your budget before you put it on a tripod.
Regarding using your mirrow lock up (MLU) (especially for long exposures towards infinity) at night. I experimented with MLU one night shooting bulb (shutter is open until I release the electronic shutter release is released). It was with a 6x4.5 cm camera (the negative is about 2.7 times larger the 35mm). On a tripod, I remotely tripped the shutter, both with and without using MLU, at a boat passing by under a bridge in Biscayne Bay. Without using MLU, the light trail was oscillating from the mirror slap/camera shaking, and continued oscillating and damping as the light trail conintued for about a 75 meters of boat travel. It blew me away the amount of movement it showed.
As another boat passed by, tried it again using the MLU. The navigation light oscillated about 5% of the amplitude (practily nill) compared to the first shot. The only thing shaking the camera was the shutter.
Keep in mind, locking up your mirror on tripod shots is a good practice during the day, ESPECIALLY with long lenses and slower shutter speed. IS
is nice to have, but if you don't have IS
glass, you can compensate with better technique.
This is not OT
, it serves no purpose to buy a tripod if your technique is "shakey". The camera was a Contax 645, 400ISO Kodak UC
film, lens was a Carl Zeiss 120mm APO Makro (about 85mm in 35 mm format).
The nice thing about digital, is practicing is pretty cheap, that experiment cost me 20 bucks in film and processing. Have fun~