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May 30, 2013 09:03:39   #
rusty nails Loc: Palm Coast FL.
 
I am using a Cannon 6d with 100 - 400 lens and looking to buy a Manfrotto 055xprob tri pod . UG recommendation as one of the best,,, any recommendations for the head??? I do birding, air show shots a lot.

May 30, 2013 09:09:00   #
Db7423 Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
 
Have you considered a gimbal? ;)

May 30, 2013 09:10:46   #
JR1 Loc: Tavistock, Devon, UK
 
Lensmaster all the way

Many here have them, I believe I was the first to tell people.

http://www.lensmaster.co.uk/index.htm

I have both

 
 
May 30, 2013 09:11:13   #
JLRplsFL
 
Db7423 wrote:
Have you considered a gimbal? ;)


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May 30, 2013 09:24:13   #
PhotoArtsLA Loc: Boynton Beach
 
Well, while I have mothballed my $500+ Manfrotto due to its coffee nerves, I can recommend Acratech as to ball heads. I use one on my camera stand (custom built by me, as our family owned Arkay and I know a bit about these things) and find the little thing better than a much bigger FOBA ball head. The Acratech is small but locks solidly under just finger pressure. They have a variety of models, all available at B&H.

May 30, 2013 09:43:16   #
David Kay Loc: Arlington Heights IL
 
Db7423 wrote:
Have you considered a gimbal? ;)


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May 30, 2013 10:23:28   #
warrior Loc: Paso Robles CA
 
David Kay wrote:
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OBEN works for me :thumbup:

 
 
May 30, 2013 12:27:56   #
rusty nails Loc: Palm Coast FL.
 
Thanks everyone for the information, always helpful .

May 31, 2013 06:04:30   #
Manglesphoto Loc: 70 miles south of St.Louis
 
Consider the gimbal head, when used with a lens with a tripod collar you can balance the rig fore and aft so when your not holding on to the camera it will not tip to the front or rear and they do not have a tendency to fall to the side.

May 31, 2013 07:30:13   #
Teacher Loc: Alabama
 
Birds in the bush and planes on the runway, a gimbal should work. But birds in flight and planes or jets flying by, hand hold with VR.
rusty nails wrote:
I am using a Cannon 6d with 100 - 400 lens and looking to buy a Manfrotto 055xprob tri pod . UG recommendation as one of the best,,, any recommendations for the head??? I do birding, air show shots a lot.

May 31, 2013 09:01:35   #
BboH Loc: Catonsville, MD, USA
 
Look at the Acratech GP. Just bought one and wish I had known of them before

 
 
May 31, 2013 09:03:03   #
sbesaw Loc: Boston
 
BboH wrote:
Look at the Acratech GP. Just bought one and wish I had known of them before


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May 31, 2013 09:23:51   #
bee7474 Loc: Selah, Wa
 
Look at the Feisol. Expensive, but good.

May 31, 2013 10:00:32   #
nikondoug
 
If you have the $$, go with the Really Right Stuff BH-55. I have in the past owned Acratech and Manfrotto ball heads. They work fin but if you have a heave lens plus your camera, the ball head will creep on you. Also you do not want a Aluminum Tripod, they are heavy and cold to the touch, and worse in the winter.

May 31, 2013 10:59:31   #
BboH Loc: Catonsville, MD, USA
 
nikondoug wrote:
If you have the $$, go with the Really Right Stuff BH-55. I have in the past owned Acratech and Manfrotto ball heads. They work fin but if you have a heave lens plus your camera, the ball head will creep on you. Also you do not want a Aluminum Tripod, they are heavy and cold to the touch, and worse in the winter.


When I received my Acratech GP I mounted my Nikon D3 and the 80-400 lens - the two of them do weigh a bit. No matter where I moved them the head did not slip one iota.

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