Ball head vs. panhead??

Started Sep 23, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Ball head vs. panhead??
In reply to MarTay6, Sep 24, 2012

The ball head shines when you want to quickly rotate the camera into position. This is not easily accomplished with a panhead. As far as “flopping over”, this should not be the case with a decent ball head (mine is a Manfrotto 496RC2) with a knob to adjust friction. The friction helps to compensate for heavier equipment. The only change I made was the addition of an L-bracket for the DSLR. This allows me to keep the ball head and camera vertical for shots with a portrait orientation. Otherwise the head has to sit at 90 degrees from vertical which reduces your viewing height.

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