D600 and Landscapes

Started Feb 1, 2014 | Discussions thread
Photo Thoughts Regular Member • Posts: 394
Re: Tripod?

dacrema wrote:

I am beginning to suspect the ball head because it is not a true gimbal head.

A ball head is fine for landscapes. The advantage of a gimbal head is handling larger telephotos, mostly, and tracking moving targets in general. At f/18, I'd expect the image to be blurry due to diffraction, but I'm not an expert on that subject. I stay more in the f/5.6 to f/8 region, and use stacking or a tilt-and-shift for more depth of field.

I use a RRS ball head, mirror lockup, and a remote release when taking landscapes. That seems to be enough on the support and physical steadiness side. I am sure your ball head is capable of good results, too, from your description, unless it's broken in some way.

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