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    This is like the Canon, Nikon digital debate or the Chevy, Ford truck debate. I personally prefer Nikon, Chevy and pan tilt heads for large format but if the others work for you then there is nothing wrong with them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marvin View Post
    Thinking these would be a good support for 4x5.
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    4x5 cameras vary: I can safely put my Chamonix with old Angulon 90/6.8 on my lightest tripod, one designed rather for compact cameras (with no much tilt, however), but for tilting my monorail Cambo with Tele-Arton 360/5.5 something much sturdier and heavier is needed (I use Foba tripod and 3D head for this).

    BTW: tripods are good for travelling as they are folding, but for studio work a camera stand, like Cambo SCS, might be better (I consider getting one).
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    Quote Originally Posted by pasiasty View Post
    4x5 cameras vary: I can safely put my Chamonix with old Angulon 90/6.8 on my lightest tripod, one designed rather for compact cameras (with no much tilt, however), but for tilting my monorail Cambo with Tele-Arton 360/5.5 something much sturdier and heavier is needed (I use Foba tripod and 3D head for this).

    BTW: tripods are good for travelling as they are folding, but for studio work a camera stand, like Cambo SCS, might be better (I consider getting one).
    I do the same because I can put my small Slick tripod inside my backpack when I'm predominantly working hand-held. I've larger Slik, Majestic and Manfrotto tripods and use these where I know using a tripod isn't an issue. There's so many good tripods that it's just personal choice, all mine have been second-hand since the early 1970's except the small Slik.

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    Thanks for the info and sorry I don't have any more information on these. This is not an online auction so I don't have a link but if I get by there I will try to get a pic. The large Sinar is heavy and has the large thread on the mount. Both have bubble levels but are dried out.

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    Ball heads, in my opinion, are fine for 5x7 and smaller field cameras. I would NOT use a ball head for a monorail camera of any size (a Sinar head would be great, or a geared head for those). I would not use a ball head for an 8x10 or larger of any description, preferring either a pan/tilt or geared head with the larger cameras. I know of what I speak -I have everything from a 5x7/5x12 to whole plate to 11x14 and 14x17 field cameras. I'm only marginally ok with my Gitzo 1525 pan/tilt head under my Canham 14x17, as I think it doesn't have quite large enough a contact patch between the camera and the head. I'm actually thinking of getting a Majestic head to use with it just for the larger contact patch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKM-25 View Post
    My ski / mountaineering tripod is a Manfrotto 190CX Pro3 with an Acratech GP ball head, less than 4 lbs. and works fantastic for my Chamonix 45N2 and everything else I put on it when I have no choice but to go light. Otherwise I use a 7+ pound combo of a larger set of Manfrotto metal legs with an Arca Swiss B1 head I bought in the early 90's.

    I rarely have any issues in using ball heads for 4x5.

    Me neither, I use the 222 joystick head on my Manfrotto for 4x5 down to 6x6 and find it quite good. I even tried it with 8x10 but it was not easy to control so now use a 468MGRC3 with the long plate. This is more sturdy and still gives the quick and easy adjustments that ball heads are so good for.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    This is like the Canon, Nikon digital debate or the Chevy, Ford truck debate. I personally prefer Nikon, Chevy and pan tilt heads for large format but if the others work for you then there is nothing wrong with them!
    That's right. =) Obviously there are many who like to use a ball head with large format. For me, I need individual controls for each direction when using a view camera. When I'm using a medium format camera a ball head works just fine...

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    If you are happy with your ball head, more power to you. I use mine a lot for smaller cameras.

    The reality is, I can probably hook my little Crown Graphic or RB Auto Graflex 4x5s to just about anything and make it work.

    But when I have my Deardorff or Cambo Monorail 8x10s attached to a tripod that is standing on a cliff overhanging a rushing mountain creek, and there is a stiff breeze blowing down the canyon, I personally like my tripod and camera to stay put; even while making minor composition changes.

    But that is just me.

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    As I like to have straight lines in my pictures ( I'm German) I really like individual controls for every direction. I use a Feisol 3301 for some years now and a Manfrotto 410 head with a Linhof Technika 4x5.

    But usually I don't need all the controls at hand for large format. So this get's me thinking, do I need a head at all? Is anybody of you using his large format camera without a head on the tripod, just a leveling device and that's it?

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    I didn't say what cameras I would use these for but it would be Toyo 45D and 45CX and RB67.
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