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| Re: Switching between a ballhead and gimbal head. |
I have the Really Right Stuff TH-DVTL-55 on one of my BH-55 ball heads, and also have a short 3/8 inch dovetail plate on my original Wimberley. I then have a lever release clamp on one of my tripods, and the RRS leveling head with lever clamp in my TVC-33. I can then mix and match quickly, and have no issues with strength or stability. I am very glad I went with the system, and can mount other heads I have on the tripod, like my three way head. I also can mount things directly on the leveling head, like a long lens with plate, or a macro rail assembly. The hardware for providing the quick relase of heads does add some weight, but I have a lighter tripod with a BH-40 ball head for that need. If I really want a larger tripod for light weight needs, I can convert things back to remove the quick release feature.
The dovetail fitting should stay on and not come loose if you tighten the screw properly. I use a long handle hex key to put it on well, but can still remove it if I need to. I avoid using even the removable locktight in any amount on something I may want to remove later.