500mm ballhead

Started Jan 18, 2013 | Questions thread
PK24X36NOW Senior Member • Posts: 1,873
Re: 500mm ballhead

Ratatosk wrote:

I need help in finding a good ballhead for my 500mm. Needs to be smooth to pan miniscule movements with (Astro photo) and has to work in wet and freezing climate.
Markins freezes shut according to users so that one is a goner.

RRS has it's own clamp mount system so I can't use my clamp on it which I won't do without so RRS is out too.

Acratech is not available in the shops I have my orders in atm. Would that otherwise be a good choice?
Most other brands are interesting to me.

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For a 500mm, I wouldn't recommend a ballhead at all. I'd recommend an Arca-Swiss B2 or Z2 (which has separate adjustments for "raise/lower" vs. "side to side"), or a gimbal as others have recommended.

The RRS will be OK IF you order it with a screw type clamp (as others have indicated), which I prefer anyway.

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