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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Review: Photo Clam PC-44NS Ball Head


adam613 wrote:
You are my new hero...


i knew you needed one so here i am. i guess you really had lowered expectations and thats what i delivered


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Jan 20, 2010 at 03:28 PM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · Review: Photo Clam PC-44NS Ball Head


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You must be real frustrated with RRS then! Every time I open their catalog it boggles my mind to see how many different support items they carry from the clamp up. It is like you have all the parts you could ever want to build either an Autobot or a Decepticon!


you see boggling i see opportunity and a systematic approach.

their products are like lego where i an build what i need when i need it. not like a russian doll concept of one product that you open and come up with the next smaller size of the same thing over and over. so much for design inovation

i'm still waiting on my tripod leveling based from them.



Jan 20, 2010 at 03:30 PM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Review: Photo Clam PC-44NS Ball Head


sjms wrote:
you see boggling i see opportunity and a systematic approach.


I thought Autobot would give it away, and if that failed, then Decepticon had to at least raise suspicions..



Jan 20, 2010 at 04:17 PM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · Review: Photo Clam PC-44NS Ball Head


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Jan 20, 2010 at 04:53 PM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · Review: Photo Clam PC-44NS Ball Head


Transformers?


Jan 20, 2010 at 07:14 PM
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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · Review: Photo Clam PC-44NS Ball Head


sjms wrote:
you see boggling i see opportunity and a systematic approach.

their products are like lego where i an build what i need when i need it.


Agreed. One of the reason I eventually accumulated went the full Ultimate omni-pivot pano rig from RRS is that I can configure the various bars and clamps in a great many ways for putting the camera exactl ywhere I want it for macro shots, etc. there are a couple of example of this in my portfolio at http://www.ellisvener.com like http://www.ellisvener.com/#a=0&at=0&mi=2&pt=1π=10000&s=22&p=0 , http://www.ellisvener.com/#a=0&at=0&mi=2&pt=1π=10000&s=2&p=1 and http://www.ellisvener.com/#a=0&at=0&mi=2&pt=1π=10000&s=1&p=3 as wel las standard single and multi-row panoramics.

If the RRS stuff stretches your budget too much right now then look at the bars and macro gear at http://www.novoflex.com/en/products/ and http://www.sunwayphoto.com


But I suspect sjms, like me, grew up with an Erector set




Jan 20, 2010 at 08:04 PM
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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · Review: Photo Clam PC-44NS Ball Head


you bet! they'd never get past the consumer products safety council today the way we had it. way too many little parts.

novoflex macro gear today is in the same price range as RRS. admittedly a brighter color though.




Jan 20, 2010 at 10:18 PM
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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · Review: Photo Clam PC-44NS Ball Head


adam613 wrote:
You are my new hero...


got any real nice aircraft shots?
GE90
http://i.pbase.com/u7/crusader/upload/22115365.EngineersandPilots.jpg
Trent 500
http://ic2.pbase.com/u35/crusader/upload/31708398.Trent500Fan.jpg
on final EWR
http://ic2.pbase.com/u20/crusader/upload/13930214.FinalApproachKEWR_filtered.jpg
FedEx 611 EWR
http://ic2.pbase.com/u11/crusader/upload/21746049.FedExAC611.jpg
playing in the sim
http://i.pbase.com/u7/crusader/large/41199080.KH3Z2769.jpg
CFM56-7
http://ic2.pbase.com/g1/89/44489/2/115025112.PticqFjX.jpg
the first commercial B757 with blended winglets
http://ic2.pbase.com/v3/89/44489/2/44253304.757BW.jpg



Jan 20, 2010 at 11:33 PM
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p.2 #9 · p.2 #9 · Review: Photo Clam PC-44NS Ball Head


sjms wrote:
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Savas K wrote:
Transformers?


It was saracasm. sjms, your position seems a bit at odds with other things you have said in regards to Photoclam. No doubt RRS is an awesome company and makes a ton of great gear, but they have 4 tripod heads, 3 that literally could fit inside themselves like a russian doll. I count 5 for Photoclam. So I find it odd to fault that company even though you obviously love RRS who also will develop a component, then create the same design in various sizes as well.

Basically, I don't think you have a very objective view of PC which would be okay if it was because they were so far unproven over a long period of time, but you instead chose paradoxical criteria it seems.

So far, I haven't heard of any problems with PC falling apart or seen a cutaway or breakdown of the gear showing sloppy work. To me, that is all we have to go off as far as build quality goes unless people report they are failing and handle like slop as well.

Don't get me wrong though, I think RRS is a pretty amazing company and that BH-40 will replace my head if it ever fails to deliver in the future. It just doesn't seem like you take a very objective approach in regards to any support equipment if it isn't Gitzo or RRS.



Jan 21, 2010 at 12:18 AM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · Review: Photo Clam PC-44NS Ball Head


it seems your saracasm eluded more then me. in fact it still does. but then its pretty irrelevent.

cute shot of the Tori Gate at Miyajima. last time i was there was sept 1992. needed a serious paint job back then. way too hot for me there too. cruised up to Sapporo after a stop over at my friends apartment in Tokyo to refill my film supply. bagged a few peaks there in Daisetsuzan National Park while up there. Hokkaido is the best

Miyajima turned out to be as far south that i ever got there. Wakkanai was the northernmost. but then again any further north from there was Russian territory
http://ic2.pbase.com/u16/crusader/large/21894829.AtomicDome.jpg




Jan 21, 2010 at 01:45 AM
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p.2 #11 · p.2 #11 · Review: Photo Clam PC-44NS Ball Head


Thanks for the review. In my looking around, I had missed this one. I've basically decided on getting the PC-44NS in red. If I may, let me add a little bit more information that I have gathered. First is that I can already see that the bubble levels are virtually useless as a circular level would have been better. I understand that it is difficult to view having to look underneath the side of your camera and still shows fore and aft level so much more clearly than lateral.

With quality seeming to be similar among "higher" priced heads, I gather that all would meet my amateur needs. However, a nice thing about these photo clam heads is how they can fold up inside a Feisol tournament tripods (and likely others like Benro Travel Angel) with or without a center column. The difference in design seems to be that the pan and ball tension knobs are 90(?) degrees apart allowing them to fit with a tripod leg in between. Most seem to be about 45 degrees which would interfere with the legs. Kerry from reallybigcameras gave me an excellent and lightning fast explanation/clarification about what works which I will quote. From his explanation I take it that only 33, 36, and 40 heads bought through him will fit between the legs. Look carefully on ebay listings, and you'll see the difference. Definitely worth buying from Kerry.

For lenses up to 70-200mm f4, I'd recommend the PC-36N/NS. If your 70-200mm is an f2.8, I'd move up to the PC-40N/NS. For the Bigma, the smallest ballhead I'd recommend is the PC-44NS. The only ballheads I normally stock in colors are the PC-30N and PC-33NS in red, blue and gold, and the PC-44NS in red. These heads, plus the all the black Photo Clam ballheads from PC-30N through PC-44NS will fit within the reverse folded legs of the Feisol Tournament Class tripods with, or without, the center column installed. The colored PC-36N/NS and colored PC-40N/NS
will not fit in the reverse
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Jan 22, 2010 at 09:27 PM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · Review: Photo Clam PC-44NS Ball Head


Steezus wrote:
You must be real frustrated with RRS then! Every time I open their catalog it boggles my mind to see how many different support items they carry from the clamp up. It is like you have all the parts you could ever want to build either an Autobot or a Decepticon!


Actually the opposite, RRS has a real good foundation for building custom rigs but they don't have everything I needed, so I had to machine some of my own stuff. It's currently a combination of RRS, Arca-Swiss, Hejnar, Kirk, Cambo and various milled aluminum bits.



Jun 10, 2010 at 09:58 PM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · Review: Photo Clam PC-44NS Ball Head


Thanks for the review. I like the Feisol Tripods and was reading various reviews of 2 in particular, 3442 and 3441T

Interesting that I found comments about the same problem with both tripods (although in sum total reviews were overwhelmingly positive).

In any case, the issue involved where the angle of the legs are adjusted. My impression was that the metal teeth (perhaps ridges is a better word) that the tripod legs press up against when set at various angles were either very soft or weak, either wearing down or breaking off, making one or more of the legs not usable at one of the angle settings.

Do you see any sign of that with your tripod,

Thanks:

Ron



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