Giottos ball head for 400mm prime lens?

Started Jul 4, 2012 | Discussions thread
Leigh A. Wax Senior Member • Posts: 1,045
Moving subject???

In my opinion a ball-head is best for stationary subjects, landscapes, etc. where you have time to tweak the adjustment/s; & a Gimbal Head for moving subjects.

Ball-heads don't typically have a way to balance your gear, & if they're the slightest bit loose the the cam/lens will flop down, so with moving subjects, you have constantly hold the rig firmly, or repeatedly tighten & loosen the tension.

I have a Manfrotto 468MGRC2 which is a very good Ball-head, but since purchasing a Manfrotto 3421 Gimbal Head, the Ball-head has been "gathering dust"

I would suggest the Bogen/Manfrotto 3421:

Optica GH-1:

Or, if you have "deep pockets:, a Wimberly.

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