Geared head options
Is the ArcaSwiss C1 Cube the only compact ArcaSwiss-style quick release geared heads out there? I'm currently using the Manfrotto 400, but it's proving to be too much of a beast to haul around in a backpack — that, or I'm getting old!
The Linhof 3D Micro, and Manfrotto 405 and 410 have quick release plates, but are incompatible with longer plates (which are the kind I mostly use). Attaching an ArcaSwiss-style quick release holder to the default plates for these applies a lot of torque (due to the length of the plate) on the tiny 1/4" screw. I'd rather not worry about the gear failing, and concentrate on the shot.
Are there any alternatives to the C1 Cube, or is it the only game in town?
I have not seen any other than the ones you mentioned - perhaps someone has spotted some other? I am using the Manfrotto(s) also and my only complaint so far is the weight.
The Manfrotto 400 head outweighs the legs, camera, and lens combined! (or at least it feels that way)
Originally Posted by Renato Tonelli
There was a copy of the Cube from Korea I believe that I read some good things about. I don't remember who made it though.
It's still heavy but you can grind down the end and fit the arca style QR
Google came spat out the Photo Clam Multiflex; currently, almost the same price as the C1 Cube... I'll probably wait till my convenience is worth a little more to justify a new head.
Originally Posted by Patrick Robert James
The Manfrotto 405 is actually a good geared head, but nobody will ever understand why Manfrotto still insists on its stupid proprietary quick release. Most people I know just add an Arca-style clamp, I never heard any complains about stability issues. You might feel better if you add some superglue between the plate and the clamp or drill some extra holes and add screws to connect the plate and clamp forever.
In the US you might also consider a Majestic geared head. They weigh ca. 6 pounds but they are rock solid, and sometimes you find them on ebay for quite low prices.
These guys seem to make a neat solution to the Manfrotto conversion problem:
I have no connection to Hejnar Photo, but have been considering converting my 405 sometime...
So, I bought a 410 head just today and it seems awesome. However, how do you level it when you shoot our camera in portrait mode???
I use an L bracket. One of the best accessories I ever bought. The camera stays on top of the tripod, not somewhere at the side.
These are made by Manfrotto:
I use an Arca-style clamp on my tripod heads. There are many custom L brackets for specific camera models that fit Arca clamps.