Ball head for Feisol CT-3441T
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kpjsy
Registered: Nov 16, 2010
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Country: United States

I'm looking to purchase a ball head for a Feisol CT-3441T I placed an order on, and have narrowed it down to two:

Photocalm PC-36NS
Markins Q3 Traveler

Was wondering if anyone can chime in to comment. Hopefully someone with a travel tripod (Gitzo, Feisol)

Would be used with a Nikon D700 (no grip) and 24G, 35G, 85G.



runamuck
Registered: Oct 29, 2006
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This is just me. I would go bigger than the 36. The bigger the ball the better the grip.



gcuff
Registered: Oct 26, 2002
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I have just received this tripod with the 36. So far I love the combination.. Ideal for taller peron. Very lightweight and seems strong enough for 5d iii and 24-105. Will be testing more this weekend.

Geoff



dcains
Registered: Oct 09, 2005
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runamuck wrote:
This is just me. I would go bigger than the 36. The bigger the ball the better the grip.


Yes, but with a "traveler" tripod, the OP may want to be able to fold the legs back over the ballhead, and there can be clearance issues with larger ballheads (or a head with its knobs not optimally oriented). FWIW, the Markins Q3 (T or not) is the best ballhead in its size/weight class, and not too much more expensive than the PhotoClam equivalent.



Lars Johnsson
Registered: Jun 29, 2003
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I use the Markins Q3 on that tripod. And I agree with Dean's comments.



barryg9999
Registered: Oct 20, 2009
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I just ordered this exact tripod and matched it with a Photo Clam PG-2EPQR Pro Gold II Easy PQR Pro Ballhead. It is a great combination and the head folds in nicely into the tripod when collapsed.



dsjtecserv
Registered: May 09, 2010
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I have an older model of the CT3441 and use it with an Acratech GP-S ball head. Being relatively light and versatile, it is a good match for the "traveler" nature of the CT3441, where weight and compactness are priorities. The legs can fold up over the head, and by orienting the knobs optimally, it folds to nearly as tight a bundle as with the Feisol ball head and other small heads.

Dave



uscmatt99
Registered: Jan 18, 2012
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barryg9999 wrote:
I just ordered this exact tripod and matched it with a Photo Clam PG-2EPQR Pro Gold II Easy PQR Pro Ballhead. It is a great combination and the head folds in nicely into the tripod when collapsed.


I use this excellent combo as well. My Gitzo 3541LS and Photoclam PC-48NS combo doesn't see nearly as much use any more. The Pro Gold line is a step up in refinement from the regular Photoclam ballheads.



mola
Registered: Oct 12, 2009
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Lars Johnsson wrote:
I use the Markins Q3 on that tripod. And I agree with Dean's comments.


Do you use this tripod with heavy lenses?



Lars Johnsson
Registered: Jun 29, 2003
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Country: Thailand

mola wrote:
Lars Johnsson wrote:
I use the Markins Q3 on that tripod. And I agree with Dean's comments.


Do you use this tripod with heavy lenses?


No, it's my smallest travel tripod. And this tripod is not made for heavy lenses.



mola
Registered: Oct 12, 2009
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Country: United States

Thanks Lars



kpjsy
Registered: Nov 16, 2010
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Thanks everyone. I think the Markins Q3 Traveler is the right ball head for my needs.



dcains
Registered: Oct 09, 2005
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Good decision - You can't go wrong with what the Markins. If you haven't ever used a ballhead of this quality, you're in for a real treat.