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  1. #1
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    ball head for your dslr

    Manfrotto Bogen 488rc2 tripod ball head

    this baby is pretty smooth. lets go nicely and holds like a rock when you need it too
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  2. #2
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    I actually thought the 486RC2 was smoother, but like the features on the 488RC2. It's also a heavier duty head.
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    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  3. #3
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    Lightbulb Getta grip!

    I have definitely been the recipient of some pinched fingers using a ball head with the heavier glass, e.g., 70-200mm f/2.8; 200-500mm f/5-6.3; 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM. I found the ball grip far more useful and sturdy, offering more control overall.



    Heck, you never know what size lens you may wind up with!

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    BTW ... here's something new in the way of "ball heads" from SLIK:


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    Specifications
    Height: 3.40 in. (87mm)
    Weight: 12.3 oz. (350g)
    Max. Load: 8.8lbs. (4,535.0g)
    Tripod Mount Screw: 3/8 with U_-20 reducer
    Suggested List Price: $99.95
    Warranty: 3 years
    Stock number: 618-326
    Quick Release plate: #6183 BK
    Last edited by DonSchap; 06-11-2009 at 09:52 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  4. #4
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    Wow that is way too expensive and it can't even hold up all that much.

    I've never been pinched by my ballhead.
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    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  5. #5
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    Simply my thoughts, and mine alone.

    For years I have used the Wimberley head for heavy lenses with a Tripod Collar. Myself, like Don said, have been pinched using very large ball heads and heavy equipment. The best of ball heads tend to "drift" somewhat with heavy equipment. My thoughts are if you get over 4~5 pounds with a lens and camera you need very precise control and this head offers it. Even with a lens as light as the 200 f/4 Macro from Minolta offers really nice control.

    Then again, I'm just another opinion and an OLD FART!
    Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Get out and take some Fotos!
    AJ
    South Carolina
    A.J.

    Hey this looks dangerous.......You go first!

    If at first you don't succeed, Skydiving is not for you!

  6. #6
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    i replaced my other ball with this one on my boom arm...it held up great road bumps and 40 mph

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