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Manfrotto 488RC2 midi ball head

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  1. seany

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    I'd go for one with a lever that you can slacken, point, tighten in one quick movement type thing.
     
  3. seany

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    I just wanted to see if anybody had one here, i've looked well in to it i'm getting a ballhead, the one above's well regarded.


    Cheers
     
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    You mean this one?

    Yes I bought one recently on Condyk's advice. Not used it much yet but it seems to do the job :)

    It is a heavy substantial lump. The quick release plate snaps on and off easily but has a safety peg against accidents. The panning is very light when the clamp is released. The ball adjustment clamping can be adjusted so it just grips...then you can move the aim and tighten.

    I bought a CF Feisol tripod and this head is heavier than the tripod - or at least it seems it :)

    I have never used another 'proper' head so can't give you any comparisons. It is miles better than the cheapie I was using.
     
  5. seany

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    Cheers Robert,

    180° sphere, so basically every which way yes? Could you give me a link to the legs you bought mate?

    Thanks again
     
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    i very nearly bought one for my tripod - its a nice design but I eventually went for a 3-way (141RC) as it was easier to pan and just seemed more secure and rigid.
    Got a lesser ballhead for my monopod and it can be a bit tricky making small adjustments with a heavy lens attached (that extra knob on the 488 might rectify that problem tho)
     
  9. seany

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    Thanks boys,

    I think i'll go down the same route as Dave and Robert;)

    Thanks again
     
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    Sean, have a look at the Benbo Trekker, Warehouseexpress sell them.
    I picked mine up at Focus at the N.E.C back in February.

    It comes with ballhead and Bag. The release plate is the same as the Manfrotto, you can also adjust the legs to any angle.

    It's also water tight in case you want to stand in streams ect.
     
  11. RobertP

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    I have to say the Feisol is a well made and very strong tripod - and very light, but if I had tried one first I probably would not have bought it.

    The only negative for me is that it is slow to set up and put away. The leg sections have twist grips to lock them and setting each one takes time. I tend to get the tripod out...use it for a while then put it away. With the flip locks on my old cheapie letting out or collapsing the legs took seconds.

    I guess it all depends on how long you set up for - if it stays out for some time the assembly time is less significant. The feisol can also provide positions that could not be achieved with the old tripod.
     
  12. seany

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    Thanks Ash, but i think i'll stick with the manfrotto. Actually looking at this one that has a spirit level and slightly bigger plate

    http://www.manfrotto.com/Jahia/cache/offonce/pid/2306 Looking at this head now

    I'm going to to do more research on the legs actually. I had a budget of £400 for head and legs, looks like i can put more money towards some legs as i thought the head would cost more then it does.
     
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    Yeah, untill you spent £300 on a leather jacket :rolleyes:

    Where's your priorities man?!?! ;)

    Regards,
    Iain.
     
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    Just because you have the cash doesn't mean you have to spend it. There's a pair of leather pants hanging on a peg somewhere with your name embroidered on the fly :thumbsup:

    The Feisol is great and with practice you get the twist grip legs out and legs in method working pretty fast. Whatever you do, get something super light/carbon fibre style or you'll need your 'furniture removal operatives' to carry it around. Whatever happened to the 16-35 anyway? You could have had one for the leather coat and tripod budget.

    I sold my Feisol and got a Feisol Monopod as I have IS now so tripod less important than it was before. Now that is light!! With the ballhead on top it's like a Zulu fighting club ... be useful when I next head out that way :rotfl:
     
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    I like my clothes, shallow i know but i least i know it, but i draw the line at leather pants, i'm not rod stuart:laugh:


    Nothing's happend with the 16-35 it's not my birthday for 2 weeks;)

    I've been looking at the gitzo mk2 tripods, and i really like the look of them.
     
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    Seany asked for pictures of my tripod + head.

    Thought I might as well put them in this thread. The orange stick in some is a 12 inch ruler for scale.

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    Oh yes and one more tripod picture....complete with my new toy

    100-400L which arrived today :clap:

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  18. seany

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    Really greatfu to youl for taking the time to do those for me Robert:)


    Look at that baby!!! Congrats mate that's a fine lens, look forward to seeing some shots from it;)

    Thank's again:)
     
  19. RobertP

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    Since I've already flooded this thread with images.......

    I had 10 minutes to play with it when I got it at lunchtime at work.

    This is one of the guys having his lunch break... 1/250th at 400mm straight out of the box - must read the little manual :)

    Clarity is stunning. Resizing this one seems to have softened it a tad.

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    Very nice mate..err not the dude like. :laugh:


    So you work at a strip joint then?

    :laugh:
     
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    No - he's a exercise nut. Lifts ridiculously heavy items and walks around with them over his head.
    It's a sheet metal factory with a lot of glass in the roof.... least bit of sun it gets quite warm and gives him an excuse to take his shirt off.
     
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    Hey......Kerso came up with the goods eh.. :smashin:

    He's one useful guy....

    And so............... L-itus strikes again ;)
     
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    Seany is way behind now ;)

    Whens your birthday seany :D


    Mark.
     
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    Certainly is :)

    I was thinking if I leave it to early next year when the Canon promotion ends I should get a better price for my 70-200. Can't see me using it now I have this.

    The 100-400 is a heavy beast but it is not as huge as I expected when it is shut down to 100mm.

    I have a distinct feeling I will be contacting Ian (Kerso) again before too long. Not for an L though - I want something wide... just don't know what yet.
     
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    I will be seeing Ian in a matter of days hopefully. One 16-35 and one 135L;)
     
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    Change of policy?

    Jessops won't price match him :rotfl:
     
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    Dont forget http://www.focus-on-imaging.co.uk/ Sean.

    Not too long until February..

    Bargains to be had usually at the Jacobs stand, often cheaper than importing and you can take it back to Jacobs shops if you have a problem.

    Also every tripod on the planet should be there to fiddle with :)


    Mark.
     
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    Aye lad, a change of mind. If i knew back then what i know now and all that jazz:laugh:
     
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    By march Mark, i'll be able to get even more goodies:laugh:

    Might be a good idea for a few beers that event if anybody's up for it?
     
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    Great idea Sean :)

    We could all wear our Anoraks to look at the tripods ;) (edited out here!)

    A new thread should be started, as way off topic now :)

    Mark.
     

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