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    ball head users

    Was wondering if anyone has or have used a Giotto's MH 3000 ball head? I've been thinking of getting one for my Bronica SQAi system, putting it on my Manfrotto 3021BPRO. I've heard some horror stories about their MH 1000 head so I'm a little leary. Any advice? Thanks!

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    All I can say is the Arca Swiss B1 ROCKS! I've gone thru numerous heads and that is the one that hands down beats all others. I use it with everything from medium format up to 8x10 tachihara (15lbs or so). I use it with a Gitzo tripod. IMO, the system is definitely worth the investment.

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    I'm not a fan of ballheads, but I did want to have a small one for my most compact tripod, so I looked at the Giottos MH1000, Linhof Ballhead 1, and one other of comparable size--maybe Kaiser. I went with the Linhof. Of the Giottos and the Kaiser, I think one had a nice big ball, but not a smooth pan, and the other had a really smooth pan, but too small a ball, and the Linhof had a good sized ball and smooth pan movement. I think you'll find a similar pattern as you scale up to larger versions.
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    I have the Kirk BH-3. It is the best I've ever had. I had the BH-1 and it was too big for my Mamiya 7 and Hasselblad set-ups.

    The Kirk would hold your Bronica with no problem.

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    I use the Bogen 3021BPro too for my Hasselblad, and I use the 488 ballhead for it; it works quite well and is pretty rugged, and more importantly, cheap! My guess is if it works for a Hasselblad it'll work for the SQ; I think the weight is probably the same.

    If you have the money though, the Arca B1 really is the best. I used one for my 4x5 and then my Hasselblad for a while; it was simply a dream. I only sold it because I needed money (poor college student... of course if I were poor I couldn't afford a Hasselblad, but seriously, all my money goes into photo equipment!) and also because it's a precision instrument, so it wouldn't take a beating as well as the Bogen head could, and if the Bogen head broke, it wasn't too much to replace (about $80.00).

    A salesman at Keeble and Schuchat Photography in Palo Alto told me that the Giottos ballheads were just cheap Itlian knock-offs of the Kaiser ballheads, and weren't worth looking at. Of course, if it works it works, I just never tried them out.

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    The Giottos are good quality ball heads with lifetime warrantee on them, I never seen a broke one the whole time I sold them, as far as the Arca taking a beating, I am hear to tell you, you can beat them to death and they will still keep working, I have an Arca head that is many years old and has been carried through Ice, Snow, Sand, Mud and just about anything else you can think of and I have never had a problem with it at all, it will defenately take a beating, far more than any of the bogens I have ever had..

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    I had a MH-1000 and really liked it. It locked down very well and seemed well made. I am not sure what horror stories you have heard, but the thing I noticed is that they have a ridicluously high listed maximum load. I got rid of the head when I realized that it was not stout enough to support my 10 lb Cambo 4X5 without some vibration. For my Mamiya 645 I loved it, and I still wish I had it for that, but I can't justify having two tripod heads.

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    Paul,

    How can anyone not have more than one tripod head???

    LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satinsnow
    Paul,

    How can anyone not have more than one tripod head???

    LOL

    Dave
    I know, eight cameras and but one tripod head. Unfortunately, something had to go of I would have hell to pay.

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    I like the Arca B-2 better for heavier cameras, as it seems to give better control. Put it on a heavy wooden tripod and I'm sure it would hold way over 50 pounds.
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