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Jun 26, 2015 10:00:54   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
I'm confused. Doesn't having three locking controls on a ballhead defeat the purpose of a ballhead? I thought the single locking control was a big advantage.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/2991368365/manfrotto-launches-xpro-ball-head
 
Jun 26, 2015 12:15:18   #
jeep_daddy (a regular here)
 
All ball heads have at least 2 Jerry. One that locks the ball in place and the other one for rotating the head. The third lock may be the Swiss Arca plate lock. There has to be a way to secure the camera to the head so that one could be considered the third lock control.
Jun 26, 2015 12:38:47   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
jeep_daddy wrote:
All ball heads have at least 2 Jerry. One that locks the ball in place and the other one for rotating the head. The third lock may be the Swiss Arca plate lock. There has to be a way to secure the camera to the head so that one could be considered the third lock control.

Okay
Jun 27, 2015 08:31:12   #
chapjohn
 
The more levers/knobs/button are more attractive to males. This means there is more things to move/turn/push that will make something work or they are just more ways we can get into trouble using these tools.
Jun 27, 2015 12:46:01   #
Pilot
 
chapjohn wrote:
The more levers/knobs/button are more attractive to males. This means there is more things to move/turn/push that will make something work or they are just more ways we can get into trouble using these tools.


It's a common disease called, "Fiddleitis." The more things a man has to fiddle with, the happier he is.
Jun 27, 2015 14:18:52   #
gemlenz
 
Pilot wrote:
It's a common disease called, "Fiddleitis." The more things a man has to fiddle with, the happier he is.


:thumbup:
 
Jun 27, 2015 18:26:08   #
Indi
 
I concur with Jeep_Daddy!
Having at least 2 locks on that configuration should give you smooth horizontal panning it would seem.
I didn't see a third lock. Perhaps you mean that red button with the peace sign (Manfrotto Logo?)
Jun 27, 2015 20:37:27   #
speters (a regular here)
 
jerryc41 wrote:
I'm confused. Doesn't having three locking controls on a ballhead defeat the purpose of a ballhead? I thought the single locking control was a big advantage.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/2991368365/manfrotto-launches-xpro-ball-head

No, you always have several locking controls on ball heads. There is obviously the main lock for the ball, then you have a lock for panning and you should have a separate tension control too, for customizing your rig to the ball head. The only time I have not been missing the tension control is on my ball head from PMG and it's oversized main lock!
Jul 2, 2015 14:17:04   #
bkyser (a regular here)
 
Silly Jerry, it has "pro" right in the name. You know it has to be good, don't question it.
 
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