Ball head vs. panhead??

Started Sep 23, 2012 | Discussions thread
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MarTay6
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Ball head vs. panhead??
Sep 23, 2012

I'm just upgrading to an Olympus OM-D, and want to celebrate with a new tripod sized accordingly for it. I've used both pan and ball heads- and to me, the pan head seems infinitely more practical, as you can keep the camera level easier, whereas with the ball head it always seems to want to flop over....

Where does a ball head shine? What is its advangage? Talking for normal photo useage- landscape, nature, birds, standard and tele lens.
Thanks for any advice.
Wes

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