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  1. #1
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    ball heads

    im not sure my Redsnapper head is going to be man enough to carry a D500 and sigma 150-600C.
    i was looking at the 3 legged things heads to use instead.
    my monopod is the 3 legged think well 1 legged LOL and has the Docz foot so not sure i need a head on that.
    i have my gimbal as well which im thinking will need to be used an awful lot more.
    any sensible priced heads out there capable of carrying the weight without breaking my bank account max £150
    this is the 3LT im considering
    https://www.3leggedthing.com/store/airhed-lever-blue


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    Re: ball heads

    @Hobbit, I have purchased 2 Arca Swiss ball heads used; a B1 and a Z1. I got a really good deal on both from a dear friend. The load capacity of the B1 is over 50 pounds and it is rock solid. It does not slip or shimmy at all. I also have a Benro that I use on my Platty Pod. It is a B2 model and it has a 35 lbs capacity. You can buy them new for about $115 US.

    Hope this is some help. I will say I like the Benro because it is fashioned after the Arca Swiss and it uses their plates unlike Manfrotto.

    A B&H link to the Benro
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._Ballhead.html
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    Re: ball heads

    I don't own a heavy lens like that, but from what I've read, many people prefer using a gimbal head for those types of lenses. Is the weight of the gimbal head keeping you from using it more often with this lens? It's okay if you want to get a ballhead for it. Just curious.
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    Perfect timing, I love the Giottos that my wife got me out with a D610 and a 150-500 on It the poor thing just flops around and Im afraid that I have to twist the tension controls down alot to get it to stay. Time for an upgrade I think
    Nikon D-610 , Sigma DG 150-500 f5-6.3 APO HSM

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    Re: ball heads

    ball heads
    Quote Originally Posted by PolishX View Post
    Perfect timing, I love the Giottos that my wife got me out with a D610 and a 150-500 on It the poor thing just flops around and Im afraid that I have to twist the tension controls down alot to get it to stay. Time for an upgrade I think
    When you say you have a Giottos, is that a gimbal? If so, you might want to watch this video by Steve Perry which describes how to balance a Gimbal head. As I mentioned previously, I don't have a gimbal head or such a heavy lens, but this video has been suggested several times by some here who have gimbal heads. It seems as though the knobs won't need to be excessively tight when balancing the head Steve's way.

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  6. #6
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    Re: ball heads

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    I don't own a heavy lens like that, but from what I've read, many people prefer using a gimbal head for those types of lenses. Is the weight of the gimbal head keeping you from using it more often with this lens? It's okay if you want to get a ballhead for it. Just curious.
    My gimbal is a Carbon one from Kenro , got it OB in a sale and itís a great piece of kit, if stationary in say a hide or out with the tripod itís brilliant , but wandering around itís bit , wieldy hence looking at a heavy duty head even thought about the wibberley side kick gimbal for ball heads but not sure

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    Re: ball heads

    I follow Steve Perry as he is to the point and methodical

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    ball heads
    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    When you say you have a Giottos, is that a gimbal? If so, you might want to watch this video by Steve Perry which describes how to balance a Gimbal head. As I mentioned previously, I don't have a gimbal head or such a heavy lens, but this video has been suggested several times by some here who have gimbal heads. It seems as though the knobs won't need to be excessively tight when balancing the head Steve's way.

    No my Giottos is a MH-1302 is rated for like 8 lbs I think
    Nikon D-610 , Sigma DG 150-500 f5-6.3 APO HSM





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