I have a Horseman monorail that weighs about 12 lbs. I have put it on top of a Bogen 3036 tripod (very sturdy), atop a Bogen 3038 ballhead. It is admittedly a handful to position the camera at the right angle, and I would prefer to use a geared head. However, it has been a very workable combination for commercial product photography.
Originally Posted by LJH
Use a Ries with built in top that tilts or 2 section leg Berlbach. These are the top two. No metal tripods. No ball heads or heads of any kind.
i was doing this when I first got the sinar but then thought I was being ridiculous and got a sinar tripod head which weighs a ton and adds quite a bit of extra weight to carry and a I really don't think it adds that much difference seeing as it only tilts and swivels so if I need to do critical levelling sometimes I need to adjust the tripod legs where the head doesn't accommodate that movement nor the camera.
Originally Posted by cjbecker
perhaps I will revert back to using the tripod without a head at all. the tripod originally had a pistol grip ball head but that was not very good at all and I don't think it was meant for the weight of the f2, the Hasselblad im not so sure I think it will be better to have a head
Haven't used a ball head with my zone VI 4x5, but love my geared bogen head.
I have a 30+ year old Linhof tripod and pan/tilt head. It weighs a bit, but worth the extra effort. The pan/tilt handle folds down by loosening it and rotates all over for easy use. The only issue I had was adding a 1/4 20 mounting screw, as it only has the 3/8".
My prior tripods wouldn't support my 4x5 very well, heck they wouldn't even support the RB-67 if I tilted it.