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    WTB small tripod head for backpacking

    I just picked up a nice Giottos 4-section tripod for traveling or backpacking. This is a smaller tripod, so I am looking for a good head to match. A ballhead would be preferable but I am not closed to a pan/tilt. Have to keep it on the cheap side though. THX
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    I've had good luck with Bogen 3025 heads in the past. I currently use one a monopod and they're very inexpensive:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bogen-Model-...item232a31e17f

    I just looked to see if they're still floating around and spotted this right away. The compromise of compactness leaves small tightening knobs but I never really felt it was that difficult to function with.
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    The Bogen is OK for what it is, just not very compact compared to a ball head.
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    I have one in my classified ad, weighs 13 oz.

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    Darin - have you looked at the markins heads? I have the Q3 Emille for back-packing and the Q20 for regular use - very pleased with them after having an Arca-Swiss B1
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    Ouch they are $300. Doubt i could find one used.
    I need to go through my stuff. I just found a gitzo head but i think its too big for the little tripod. I may have a old manfrotto ball head in the garage.
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    There's a brand of Korean made ball heads - Horusbennu. I have the LX-2T that I use on my Bogen 3001. Small, light, not too bad. But not a gitzo. I would not use for anything larger than 35mm with a 300mm.
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    Of all the small ball heads I have tried for backpacking, the Leitz ballheads where the head is grooved is the most positive-locking. There's a small one and a large one, they are both good but the small one is lighter-weight.

    I have not had luck with locking any ballhead with smooth or textured ball surface. But grooved is the trick.

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    This is what I use - amazingly light and will handle just about any 35mm or 120 camera: $175
    http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductD...ltra-light-bal

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    I strongly recommend the Velbon magnesium alloy ball heads. I have Model #PH-263. It is very light and compact and I've had several 4x5 cameras on it. It has no quick release plate, but it is light and was cheap, there are several heads in the series.

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