need new head recommendations

Started Mar 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
nkistrup Senior Member • Posts: 2,123
Re: need new head recommendations

In a similar situation, and I can you what the consensus will be: Head that supports the Arca Swiss plates.  Didn't do it when I purchased heads for the monopod & tripod, and I'm regretting ... especially after so many on this site had pointed me in the proper direction.

Some brands that I get high marks are RRS, Markins, Kirk, and Arca Swiss.  Probably going for Acratech.  Have a Gitzo Safari ball head 1780FQR, and though it works great on my tripod with my P&S, will not push it on the tripod with a long zoom or telephoto lens.

Do not just go by the load ratings: Look the reviews.  Gitzo's 1780 magnesium heads are light, but get mixed ratings, even though they are rated for 10 kg.  Trust it with a heavy load on the monopod, but not the tripod.

Have a Manfrotto tilt head on my monopod rated at 2 kg.  Works great!  Double locking on the quick release plate.  QR plate uses a D-ring to attach to the camera; no complaints.

Have a tripod collar?  If not, get one.  Even if your lens has more than enough support, you don't want it wobbling.

Sounds like you have pricey, do not short change your support system.

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