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p.1 #1 · Do you really need a ball head?


For landscapes I don't. My camera has a rt angle plate so all I need is a mount and a way to get level. I checked with RRS and this combo will work.

TQC-14, 2.7 pounds.
Leveling base with clamp, TA-2-LC. 14.1 Oz. (replaces ballhead)

All up weight 3.6 pounds.

15 degrees of motion adjustment and a quick lock. Supports 15 pounds.

I have a heavy Gitzo and AS ballhead for non hiking. Getting tired of a sore back after even a 1 mile hike.



Aug 03, 2012 at 09:21 PM
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p.1 #2 · Do you really need a ball head?


But what do you gain

The weight is more than many ballheads. And you can't adjust your camera in any angle or position



Aug 03, 2012 at 09:29 PM
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p.1 #3 · Do you really need a ball head?


I am a landscape shooter, I almost always shoot from a leveled position. This device offers 14 degrees of freedom plus I could fudge the tripod. My hiking kit will be a Kenba bag with a 1DS-mk3, Samyang 15, 17TSE and 24-70 f2.8Mk2.


What ballhead that supports 15 pounds is under 14 oz?




Aug 03, 2012 at 09:58 PM
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p.1 #4 · Do you really need a ball head?


Markins Q3, RRS BH-30 are two well-known heads that fits yout description. Arca-Swiss, Gitzo and Photo Clam have many heads that fit also


Aug 03, 2012 at 10:39 PM
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p.1 #5 · Do you really need a ball head?


Giotto MH 1302-655
11.3oz supports 17.6 lbs
Arca- Swiss style
Panning Knob for panoramas

I interchange it & the Wimberly II



Aug 03, 2012 at 11:02 PM
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p.1 #6 · Do you really need a ball head?


I have a small Photoclam that is used for the lightweight tripods. No balhead makes no sense unless the tripod has a Wimberly, panning rig or similar.


Ebh



Aug 03, 2012 at 11:43 PM
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p.1 #7 · Do you really need a ball head?


Ok, I was not aware those ball heads were that light. Guess I have been wanting a leveling base and thought I had a freebie.

I typically lock my ball head so that its level with the tripod and only use it for rotation. I have to spend a lot of time leveling the tripod though, but it needs to be level anyway.

I like my landscapes shot from a level position. If I need to raise or lower the horizon, I use shift. If I am doing a macro I hand hold. I do 5 or 6 macros a year.



Aug 04, 2012 at 12:05 AM
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p.1 #8 · Do you really need a ball head?


Look into Arca swiss P0. It is one step level the ballhead and the panning doesn't change the level. Alternately a panning clamp like the PCL from RSS.


Aug 04, 2012 at 12:12 AM
 

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p.1 #9 · Do you really need a ball head?


no you do not as long as you can stay within the limited range of the TA-2-LC. after that you will need to work harder to level


Aug 04, 2012 at 12:43 AM
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p.1 #10 · Do you really need a ball head?


sjms wrote:
no you do not as long as you can stay within the limited range of the TA-2-LC. after that you will need to work harder to level


Like I say, I always level the tripod anyway. If I need to do a pano, I need a level tripod.



Aug 04, 2012 at 02:16 AM
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p.1 #11 · Do you really need a ball head?


then you should have no problem then.


Aug 04, 2012 at 03:30 AM
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p.1 #12 · Do you really need a ball head?


Even when the tripod is level, sometimes one aims the lens up or down.

EBH



Aug 04, 2012 at 03:35 AM
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p.1 #13 · Do you really need a ball head?


doesn't sound that thats going to be an issue for him at all.


Aug 04, 2012 at 03:38 AM
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p.1 #14 · Do you really need a ball head?


Ben,

You may want to think about a geared head for landscape. Think about it: dialed-in control over all three dimensions, one at a time. Reduces the need to get the tripod absolutely level. Adjustments to all three dimensions marked in one-degree increments.

Manfrotto 405 is the big gun, the 410 is little brother. You can't go wrong with either one for landscape. Note, however, that big brother will not take on a long tele - too much distributed mass -



Aug 04, 2012 at 04:04 AM
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p.1 #15 · Do you really need a ball head?


I sold my 500 f4, getting out of bird photography after owning the lens since 2005.

This is a hiking rig. I still have my big tripod for other stuff. I do wish I had a leveler sometimes with this one.

Davidearls, I will look up that geared head.

Edit, that geared head is not light weight.



Aug 04, 2012 at 01:06 PM
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p.1 #16 · Do you really need a ball head?


Looking at the lightness of the smaller ballheads, which came as a surprise, this does not make sense to me now. But trust me, I do not point my lenses up or down in a typical landscape situation.


The majority of my stuff is done within 1/4 mile of my vehicle which means I can take the big tripod and even then I always shoot level.



Aug 04, 2012 at 01:29 PM





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