Peak design head

Started 3 months ago | Discussions thread
Paul Barnard
Paul Barnard Veteran Member • Posts: 3,379
Re: Peak design head

Richard B99 wrote:

zurubi wrote:

I have taken the new PD tripod to various hikes; it's winter in NM, so it's usually cold.

I really wanted to like this tripod. I think the design of the legs is very ingenious. But the head? It's not the greatest thing. First, there is the issue of the fit to various arca swiss plates, L brackets and all kinds of gizmos that is being discussed in a different thread.

But my main problem is the ergonomics of it. Half of the time I have to use it with gloves (thin, the photo type). Maneuvering that ring and that top clip is awkward, and I don't have big hands. Even the operation is not the best; I own ~4 other ballheads, from the cheap to the insanely expensive RRS, and with any ballhead the ergonomics are much better. Try panning with the PD head! (so now I bought a panning clamp, more iron and weight to carry around).

So now I have mixed feelings. I love that I can pack the tripod very compact, but that head is starting to be a pain. I think I gave it enough time in the outdoors to get a feeling of how it's going to be going forward.

What are your thoughts?

Why not just add a small panning base on top of the peak head. This one seems to be about 130g and here its £24.

This will clamp into the peak head and provide a further clamp for the camera

Great minds... 😀

mine arrives tomorrow. It looks like an ideal addition for those times it’s needed and small enough and light enough to keep in the camera bag.

 Paul Barnard's gear list:Paul Barnard's gear list
Sony a7R III Sony FE 55mm F1.8 Sony FE 70-200 F4 Zeiss Batis 25mm F2 Sony 1.4x Teleconverter (2016) +5 more
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow