Help with tripod ball head choice please

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Help with tripod ball head choice please
May 2, 2012

Hi can someone please help.

I am buying a manfrotto 190cxpro3 carbon fibre tripod and I was thinking about the manfrotto 054 Q2 magnesium ball head to go with it, or the manfrotto 498rc2.

However I've noted that some people team up there carbon fibre tripod with an aluminium model ball head, such as a manfrotto 498 rc2, which is alot cheaper and seems to be the same weight as the carbon fibre model, (610g) according to specs.

What are the benefits of a magnesium ball head over aluminum, if not being lighter?
Does anyone have any experience to compare the two different types?

The 498 rc2 seems like a better buy to me.

Thanks.

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