Heavy D800 = I Need A New Tripod Ball Head

Started Dec 1, 2012 | Discussions thread
StephaneB Contributing Member • Posts: 929
Re: Heavy D800 = I Need A New Tripod Ball Head


I am delighted with my Manfrotto 486 RC2 ballhead. I used to have an Arca-Swiss and I find the Manfrotto much better.

Two main things better on the Manfrotto:

1. The tension setting actually works and is very easy to use. I never had it working satisfactorily on the Arca-swiss.

2. The camera does not move at all when I lock the position. Not the slightest. And rock solid lock is achieved with an easy 1/3 of a turn.

I also find the RC4 plates better than the Arca-Swiss ones because it is almost impossible to unlock the camera by mistake.

I don't have a D800 yet, but I use it with equal pleasure with a Pentax K-5 and a Mamiya RZ 67.

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