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| p.1 #5 · RRS TA-U-LC as a general light weight head |
The Really Right Stuff TA-U-LC leveling base is really meant to be a leveling base only, and has a lot of limitations compared to a ball head. The range of movement is quite limited, and the locking and un locking of that movement is not as fast or easy as a ball head. There is no pan base available for panoramas, which most good ball heads have. And there is no variable friction mode that allows smooth movement but stay in place friction to aid in framing the shot. There is no side slot to allow the camera to be tilted over in to, so you would need an L plate on the camera to get 90 degree orientation change. And the mention of lower center of gravity is not really true for this model of leveling head compared to a low profile ball head design like the Really Right Stuff models. Leveling heads that mount into the apex of the tripod to give a lower center of gravity, but this model mounts with a 3/8 screw and the whole leveling system is above the top of the tripod.
For me I think that the cost of this leveling base would be better applied toward a good ball head instead. Adding a nice leveling base later is always an option, but it does not take that much time to level a tripod if you need a level setup for your pan base.