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    Really Right Stuff makes fantastic ball heads in various sizes. They are not cheap, but they will last a lifetime.

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    I hate ball heads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire Senft
    I hate ball heads.
    I guess it's what your used to. I've used only pan heads for almost 40 years until I got my first ball head. Now thats all I'll use on my lighter equipment except when it comes to macro work. Then I trust the pan more. The nicest setup Ive seen is a Wimberly Sidekick mounted on an Arca B1. For really long lenses I use the Wimberly Head only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire Senft
    I hate ball heads.
    I do too: for some things that is. For any large format work I prefer a regular pan/tilt head. (My favorite is the Sinar head, but only for use with a Sinar camera, as you can adjust the by rotating the rail in the rail holder.) But ball heads work well with 35mm and medium format cameras, at least in instances where speed and ease of operation is more important critical film plane alignment. So for action pictures of toddlers, I prefer a medium format camera on an Arca Swiss ballhead. I don't lock down the ball. Rather, I set the drag to give enough resistence to hold the camera steady when I'm not moving it. The variable drag system on the Arca works better than on any other ball head that I've tried. The same technique works well for sports and wildlife photogrphy.

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    I use a big Uniloc ball head for everything up to and including 8x10". I need something even stronger for the 30x40cm camera - maybe an oak table?
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    I find them handy on monopods. I use a Slik 800 mounted on a Bogen 3018 for handheld shots in 35mm or medium format.
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    I own a Manfrotto Large Ball head. Having or 4 or pounds of camera on the head and then over loosening it when repositiioning the camera and pinching your fingers will cause one to use language of the type Blansky saves for describing Republicans.

    I use a great deal of care in making the camera plumb and squaring it up to the plane desired ad I find it personally more agreeable to use a pan tilt head.
    Last edited by Claire Senft; 10-31-2005 at 02:54 PM. Click to view previous post history.
    Claire (Ms Anne Thrope is in the darkroom)

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    Quickly and easily getting my 8x10 field camera square and plumb is precisely why I use a Arca Swiss Ball Head with its variable drag. BTW, it will support 65 pounds.
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    Ara,
    If you can find one Emo made a head that would convert from pan head to ball head by removing one screw and replacing the "long" handles with "short" ones. It's got ball bearings in both the top and bottom quick releases(plural) and has conversion threads in both top and bottom plates.
    I believe they were imported by Bromwell. They look like a Leica ball head on steroids.

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    You could purchase a Berlebach tripod with a ball in the adjustable center column. You could actually mount a camera to the center column if you wanted to but most people I assume would put a Bogen 3047 type head on it. You could get the Berlebach 2042 Report tripod new with a Bogen head for about $100 less than what an Arca-Swisse B1 ball-head alone would cost. The Report 2042 is rated at 26 pounds but I personally would use it only with MF or smaller cameras.
    "A certain amount of contempt for the material employed to express an idea is indispensable to the purest realization of this idea." Man Ray

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