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    Yes the B2 is expensive. I have never seen or handled one, but as far as I know it basically operates so that each "ball" operates separately for adjusting front/back and side to side movement.

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    The B2 has 2 concentric balls, with 2 separate controls for independent 2 axis control. I have found the single axis control ball heads to be difficult to use with heavy cameras. I've seen them on the used market in the $300 range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by resummerfield
    The B2 has 2 concentric balls, with 2 separate controls for independent 2 axis control. I have found the single axis control ball heads to be difficult to use with heavy cameras.
    I tend to agree with you... personally speaking, I've never been a big fan of them either.

    My suggestion is for you to take a peek at the Manfrotto 400 geared head. I use this head with 4x5, 5x7, and 8x10. It's sure not the lightest head in the sky... but certainly a GREAT head!

    Alternatively, as David has already mentioned, take a look at the Arca Swiss Cube! It's a work of art!

    Cheers

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    too expensive dudes...

    What about the 'normal' ballheads? Or a bogen 410?

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    arca SWISS cube is toooooo much for me...
    maybe I forgot to metion I am a student... Nevertheless i am devoted And don't mind to invest what I have. but the cube goes over my head...

    I do like those hybrid solutions. What about the bogen 405 410?

    game

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    Sam,

    Look at my first post in this thread for the review of the Markins heads at Nikonians. No they are not inexpensive as an option. But, they can be ordered from Nikonians in Europe as an option.

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    This is really a very personal decision. I use an Arca B1 with quick release plates from Really Right Stuff for my 35mm and medium format equipment. This works very well. The movements are smooth, the head is extremely strong, and the mounting plates are well made. (I like the L-shaped ones which means that you don't have to drop the ball down into a slot on the head to do verticals.).

    With large format, though, I don't like ballheads. (I haven't tried the ARCA B2, which is a hybrid.) I don't like them because I find it harder to get precise alignment. (This isn't a problem with the medium format and smaller cameras, although it might be the case if you do a lot of macro.) For large format, I much prefer pan/tilt heads. I used a Gitzo Rational Series 5 for flatbeds and a Sinar pan/tilt for my Sinar. (If you have a Sinar, I highly recommend their head. I don't really recommend the Sinar head for use with other cameras, as in that case you can do just as well for a lot less.)

    So I recommend getting a ballhead for your Pentax. Then if you get a larger format camera, you can try it on that. You might like it. If not, get another head. You can pick up an older Gitzo Rational Series 5 for very little money. Mine is 30 years old, and it works great.

    Ok. Regarding ballheads, I really like the Arca B1, but there are a lot of other options. In particular the new heads from Really Right Stuff look very well made. My advice is to find someone who stocks and Arca and try it out. Then try out some others and pick what you are most confortable with.

    Good luck!

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    Thanks! great post!
    I wil try an d see if my school has any good ballheads. (I think if you want to test serieously you need a good one) Maybe I instantly like them. I have quite some suggestions in the ballhead leque. someone catually offerd me a bilora for 75 dollar. Is that any good? if not I have plenty off more suggestions, thanks.
    for a 3way head I might want some more feedback , so if anyone has some more to say, thanks in advance.

    As stated in previous posts. I have a bogen 141RC I think it's ok for 35mm. But it's not to special And comes short for my current and future camera's. I have thought about a gitzo 1370M. Or mayeb a bogen 410 or 405. Any thought?


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    the l bracket comment was very usefull Since I always thought one had to aim the ball trough the one gap. but what is a lbracjet exactly?
    And does someone knows the benro arca imitations?

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    game

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    Quote Originally Posted by game
    What about the bogen 405 410?
    In that case... the 410 would most likely be sufficient. This is the head I currently use with my 4x5 and I quite like it over the large Manfrotto ball head I previously owned. But, Peter is right... it's a personal decision.

    The 405 will hold more weight than the 410 but it'll cost you more too! BTW, on "that auction site," the 410 is selling regularly for a little under the $200 mark and the 405 for about $275 and up.

    If I were in your shoes (and speaking from my experience) I'd go with a 410.

    Cheers

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    Bilora makes decent products. As I recall, I had a Bilora Ball head at one time. But, they are not the equivalent to the Arca B1, Kirk, Really Right Stuff, or Markins heads.

    You could probably mount an Arca type QR onto the Bilora if you wanted QR type of operation and move the QR to another head once you got a better one.

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