thanks folks! I off course want QR, can't imagine life without it.
Bilora, well kind off out of picture. Seems there are better alternatives.
I will still try out a ballhead as I said before at my school. But for now I feel the most for a bogen 410. Rating 180 dollar new here. Including QR.
I will think about this some more, and undoubtly will come up with questiones...
for such a small body... i have a big head too. the one i use to hold cameras is a 3047 and i use it for similar cameras, except the 5x7 century - i have a 4x5 cambo. for smaller camera (6x6) i'm starting to prefer the ball head because it is very quick to set up.
Originally Posted by DBP
oh... all of my heads are equiped with QR... can't (won't) live without it!
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Both Really Right Stuff and Kirk Photo offer a large supply of Arca type QR systems, camera plates, and L brackets. I have products from both manufactures; both are very good and each has special products, some may have better application for your needs.
Check this for the Kirk L bracket link:
This is the general link for Kirk Photo:
I used an Arca Swiss B1 ball head with my Pentax 67 system and also with a Linhof Master Technika (though that was in emergencies, I prefer a geared head for 4x5). I think the Arca Swiss is a great head. I don't offhand know why you would want the B2 instead of the B1 though. The B2 has a 150 lb rated capacity, weighs almost three times as much as the B1, and costs close to twice as much. The B1, with its 90 lb rated capacity, should do fine with the cameras you mention but perhaps there's some feature the B2 has that I don't know about.
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The B2 is a different creature altogether, because you can control the two axes separately, like on a normal pan-tilt head.
The 405 is basically a hefty version of the 410. I recently picked up a 405 to replace a ball leveler and fluid head. Mounted on top of a 3046 tripod, it holds my 8x10 with ease. No regrets so far!
Originally Posted by game
As I stated before I feel attracted to the bogen 410.
I might test it against a gitzo 1370M in a store, but for now I feel more simpaty for the bogen.
I will loan a ballhead from the school of art I attend.
than a decision will be made.
there is one feature I tend to find somewhat important: the angle of the backward tilt. When shooting straight up. I find my bogen 141RC limited here. And the old gitzo no2 and the a big old low profile gitzo I have (dont knwo number) too.
Can anyone comment on that?
you can just reverse the camera if the handles get in the way.
You might look at the EMO ball head made in Wetzlar. It will easily handle the Pentax. I don't know if it's still made, but it has two races of ball bearings, one at top QR & one at bottom QR. Yep TWO quick release segments. It also has two sets of handles and a pivot that goes through the ball. When the pivot is removed you've got a full function ballhead.
The handles also function as wrenches to reverse the threads. 3/8-1/4" both at top & bottom. It's very finely made similar to the Leitz ball heads but a little larger.
They were imported into the states by Bromwell marketing. I don't know who would carry them in europe.
I use a 410 with my Linhof Master Technika on a Gitzo 1325 tripod. It's a very nice head. However, the feature you mention as being important is the one drawback (minor to me but maybe not to you) of the head, at least with my tripod and camera set up. When I tilt the camera up part of the head very quckly bumps into the top of the tripod legs so that the angle of tilt is very limited at that point. The quick and easy solution is to rotate the head a little so that it no longer bumps into the top of the tripod legs. So this isn't a big deal but it is a minor annoyance. This might be peculiar to using my particular camera and the way I have to configure it on the head.
Originally Posted by game