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    Thoughts on a lightweight ballhead for hiking?

    I have an Arca Swiss B1 w/QR that I've enjoyed for many years on a heavy aluminum Bogen tripod. Before the B1, I used a Bogen 3025 3-D head, which I still have.

    Last year I upgraded the old Bogen 3401 leg set to a nice Benro TMA38CL carbon tripod with thoughts of taking it along more on hikes. I love the B1 head, but it's heavy. (I'm 6'2" 260lbs so carrying the weight won't kill me...) I was thinking about buying a small, inexpensive ballhead to use for hiking.

    Are any of the sub-$100 lightweight ballheads worth bothering with or should I just suck it up and carry the B1 on my my new Benro legset? Or use the Bogen 3025 instead of a ball?

    Just thinking out loud... please feel free to share your thoughts. I'd appreciate it!


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    Re: Thoughts on a lightweight ballhead for hiking?

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    Re: Thoughts on a lightweight ballhead for hiking?

    Thoughts on a lightweight ballhead for hiking?
    I don't know how much your Bogen head weighs, but I still have a Bogen 3047 head that is very hefty. Definitely never liked carrying that tripod around because the combined weight was about 10 pounds. Benro makes a ball head that is outside your price range but is widely recommended on a number of photography websites. It's the Benro B2 Triple Action Ball Head.

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._Ballhead.html

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    Re: Thoughts on a lightweight ballhead for hiking?

    Arca Swiss B1 w/QR = 1.7 lbs.
    Benro B2 w/QR = .9 lbs.

    Theoretically, a significant weight loss without sacrificing a lot of performance...
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    Re: Thoughts on a lightweight ballhead for hiking?

    I wonder if I would like that Benro. I hated that expensive one I bought. I am not sure why they would put such a long stem on the ball. It was awkward and difficult to attach the plate and lock down. The other thing is I am used to having the base screw down onto the tripod plate so the head does not come loose. I have had horrible luck with the heads loosening. Maybe I should stick with a pistol-grip.
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    Re: Thoughts on a lightweight ballhead for hiking?

    That's one of the nice things with the Manfrotto system (in the UK, I think they're sold as Bogen in the USA but might be wrong) - they have three screws that you can get at underneath the platform that the head attaches to, and an inset ring with a sort of triangle wave up/down pattern on the bottom of their heads - so when you've attached the head, you can adjust the screws so they stick up above the platform level, engage with the triangle pattern and prevent the head unscrewing. Or just leave them down if you're going to be changing heads.

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    Re: Thoughts on a lightweight ballhead for hiking?

    @jerryTheC
    Thanks.
    I returned a Manfrotto XPRO Ball Head. I didn't like anything about it. I didn't see any way to screw it down. Maybe I missed something. Anyway, that head gave me all kinds of fits. I never had such a difficult time getting my camera seated on a tripod head.
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    Re: Thoughts on a lightweight ballhead for hiking?

    Quote Originally Posted by jerryTheC View Post
    That's one of the nice things with the Manfrotto system (in the UK, I think they're sold as Bogen in the USA but might be wrong) - they have three screws that you can get at underneath the platform that the head attaches to, and an inset ring with a sort of triangle wave up/down pattern on the bottom of their heads - so when you've attached the head, you can adjust the screws so they stick up above the platform level, engage with the triangle pattern and prevent the head unscrewing. Or just leave them down if you're going to be changing heads.
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    Re: Thoughts on a lightweight ballhead for hiking?

    Thoughts on a lightweight ballhead for hiking?
    Quote Originally Posted by jerryTheC View Post
    That's one of the nice things with the Manfrotto system (in the UK, I think they're sold as Bogen in the USA but might be wrong) - they have three screws that you can get at underneath the platform that the head attaches to, and an inset ring with a sort of triangle wave up/down pattern on the bottom of their heads - so when you've attached the head, you can adjust the screws so they stick up above the platform level, engage with the triangle pattern and prevent the head unscrewing. Or just leave them down if you're going to be changing heads.
    I have a Bogen Manfrotto Tripod and Bogen Manfrotto geared head that I purchased new back in the late 1990's. Over the years, they dropped the word Bogen and label their products as Manfrotto at least here in the US.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawg Pics View Post
    @jerryTheC
    Thanks.
    I returned a Manfrotto XPRO Ball Head. I didn't like anything about it. I didn't see any way to screw it down. Maybe I missed something. Anyway, that head gave me all kinds of fits. I never had such a difficult time getting my camera seated on a tripod head.
    Did you ever try the Demon DB-44 ball head? After reading up on a number of ball heads, this one kept coming up with positive reviews.

    desmobob, sorry I didn't think of this one the other day when i posted.

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    Re: Thoughts on a lightweight ballhead for hiking?

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    desmobob, sorry I didn't think of this one the other day when i posted.

    Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    One of many positive reviews: https://improvephotography.com/52305/52305/
    While it may be a good budget alternative to my Arca Swiss B1, it weighs about the same. I was looking for something light...
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