Astro777lover
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Tripod Heads: 3 Way Or Ball?

Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:35 pm

I am going to get a manfrotto tripod soon and I want to get a good head for some money.

I am looking at the 3 way pan head and a ball head. Would do you guys think would be the best choice? I've read good things about both so i am not sure what to do.

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RE: Tripod Heads: 3 Way Or Ball?

Fri Nov 27, 2009 6:21 pm

Hi Austin..

I personally prefer a three way pan head.. Makes it very easy to make quick adjustments.

Not too sure what city in FL you are in, but my advice is go to a good camera store and mess around with the different tripod heads. You will know what is comfortable for you.

I know in Houston we have a few camera stores that have most of the good tripod heads on display.

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RE: Tripod Heads: 3 Way Or Ball?

Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:22 pm



Quoting Speedbird2025 (Reply 1):

Yea we used to have a camera store right here in the mall but it closed down so the closest one is like a 30 minute drive. I have a slik tripod now with a 2 way pan head but it was like 30 dollars so i have an idea what it is like. I probobly will go to a camera store soon cause i really want to get one soon.


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Austin

P.S. I live right outside of orlando
 
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RE: Tripod Heads: 3 Way Or Ball?

Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:25 pm



Quoting Astro777lover (Thread starter):
I am going to get a manfrotto tripod soon and I want to get a good head for some money.

The first question is what are you going to do with it (what kind of shots)?
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RE: Tripod Heads: 3 Way Or Ball?

Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:44 pm



Quoting JRadier (Reply 3):
The first question is what are you going to do with it (what kind of shots)?

Pretty much everything, aviation, night photos, landscape, wildlife, macro.
 
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RE: Tripod Heads: 3 Way Or Ball?

Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:23 pm

Hi,

It depends on what you're planning to do. Ball heads are less bulky and quicker to set up than pan & tilt heads , but are less precise on adjustments. If you need precision adjustments (like adjust precisely a horizon on a photo) , pan & tilt is the right one for you. If you look for a compact head and quicker to adjust, go for a ball head.
I personally have chosen a 484RC2 for my setup and I'm very satisfied with that.

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RE: Tripod Heads: 3 Way Or Ball?

Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:52 pm



Quoting Astro777lover (Reply 4):

Pretty much everything, aviation, night photos, landscape, wildlife, macro.

that's a tough one....

I got all 3, ballhead (mainly for on the monopod or quick-action shots), a 3-way (not really used anymore) and a geared 3-way which absolutely rocks for aviation night shots as you can be extremely precise in adjusting the head.
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RE: Tripod Heads: 3 Way Or Ball?

Sat Nov 28, 2009 2:16 am



Quoting JRadier (Reply 6):
I got all 3, ballhead (mainly for on the monopod or quick-action shots), a 3-way (not really used anymore) and a geared 3-way which absolutely rocks for aviation night shots as you can be extremely precise in adjusting the head

Yea i heard the geared head is great for macro and like you said night shots, well i heard they were also expensive.

Quoting Bertoli (Reply 5):

I will probably go with the 3 way pan head for now and if i save more money i can get a ball head to have both.
 
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RE: Tripod Heads: 3 Way Or Ball?

Sat Nov 28, 2009 2:40 am

3 way is the better bet for aviation photography, due to the precision with which you can set up the head for things like panning.

I have Manfrotto 055XPROB and 808RC4 combination.
 
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RE: Tripod Heads: 3 Way Or Ball?

Sat Nov 28, 2009 3:17 am

I was thinking of this combination:

Manfrotto 055XWNB + Manfrotto 804RC2 (3 way pan)
 
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RE: Tripod Heads: 3 Way Or Ball?

Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:39 pm

Quoting Cpd (Reply 8):

I have to agree to Cpd. I have almost the same tripod (055 PROB) with the same head and its just great for night shots, especially with heavy weight lenses.

Regards

Mathias

[Edited 2009-12-01 04:40:50 by hias]
 
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RE: Tripod Heads: 3 Way Or Ball?

Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:42 pm

Keep in mind that a good ball head with a pan axis lock (like the 488RC2) will give you a single pan adjustment when you need it and be overall faster to use because to adjust a ballhead you just need one control to adjust. Three way heads are better for video, IME.
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RE: Tripod Heads: 3 Way Or Ball?

Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:43 pm



Quoting Dvincent (Reply 11):
Keep in mind that a good ball head with a pan axis lock (like the 488RC2) will give you a single pan adjustment when you need it and be overall faster to use because to adjust a ballhead you just need one control to adjust.

Good point! I mainly take nightshots of planes right after pushback which makes a very short time frame of ~ 90 seconds. The faster I have the head adjusted the more shots I can take.

I don't think precision is very important for aviation photography.

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RE: Tripod Heads: 3 Way Or Ball?

Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:48 am

I think i will get the 3 way pan because i have used it before and am used to it, and if i ever find a camera shop near me i can go in and try a ball head or find someone that has one i could try out.

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