/ I'm considering a Christmas present for my tripod?

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The Lemming - on 13 Oct 2012
Little Miss Lemming keeps hastling me about what I want for Christmas and I'm leaning towards the idea of a new head for my tripod.

At the moment I have a Manfrotto 055XDB tripod with a 804RC2 head, which I got for Christmas many moons ago. The tripod is perfect for my needs but only gets used a couple of times a year for specific projects in low light or slow shutter stuff or night time city scenes. Stuff like that.

I like my tripod but I find that the three knobs a bit fiddly and at times a pain in the arse when I want to adjust the camera a fraction here or there. With all this in mind I would appreciate any recommendations for a replacement head for my tripod.

Also would it be worth selling the 804RC2 head or is it so common that nobody would want it?

Cheers
Graham Mck on 13 Oct 2012
In reply to The Lemming: I bought one of these 3 years ago to use with the same tripod you have. Been a great purchase as it is very easy to adjust. Not to everyone's taste though.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Manfrotto-322RC2-Heavy-Duty-Grip/dp/B000JLK5PK/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Yes I would sell the 804 if you are not going to use it. Should get 25 for it on eBay
MJ - on 13 Oct 2012
In reply to The Lemming:

I've got the same tripod as you and find this head really good: -

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002PWHOYG/?tag=hydra0b-21&hvadid=10393825989&ref=asc_df_B002PWHO...

Almost the same, cheaper, but without the panning facility: -

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Manfrotto-494RC2-Ball-Friction-Control/dp/B002N5CV8Y/ref=pd_cp_ph_2



Blue Straggler - on 15 Oct 2012
In reply to The Lemming:
> I like my tripod but I find that the three knobs a bit fiddly and at times a pain in the arse when I want to adjust the camera a fraction here or there.

I use a Manfrotto 352RC ball head. It won't take a super heavy set-up but seems sturdy and grippy as long as you are being sensible. I very very rarely use my tripod, but I am glad, when I do, that I have this head. The model may have been discontinued by Manfrotto but look at pictures of it and find the new equivalent. I have interpreted your OP to mean that you are after a ball head. Sorry if that is incorrect.
The Lemming - on 19 Oct 2012
In reply to The Lemming:

Blatant last ditched bump.
MJ - on 19 Oct 2012
In reply to The Lemming:

I bought one of these last week: -

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Manfrotto-MBAG80N-Tripod-Replaces-MBAG80/dp/B002DTQ3O8/ref=pd_cp_ph_2

Tripod, fitted with a D7000, fits into the bag without the need to seperate them.
The Lemming - on 19 Oct 2012
In reply to MJ:

Good shout. I'm after something like that as well.

Cheers
MJ - on 19 Oct 2012
In reply to The Lemming:

Word of caution, there isn't much room to spare. It might be a good idea, to take your own camera/tripod/head combination to a shop to see if it fits.
Nille - on 19 Oct 2012
In reply to The Lemming:

If you want something fancy have a look at the manfrotto national geographic series NGEH2 hydrostatic ball head:

http://www.justforcameras.co.uk/National-Geographic-NGEH2-Expedition-Hydrostatic-Head-RC5_i3120

Its very nice and goes nicely with the NGET2 carbon tripod.

http://www.justforcameras.co.uk/National-Geographic-NGET2-Expedition-Carbon-Tripod_i3122

Way too much tripod for myself; really should be selling it.

Hope this helps,

N.
Richard Carter - on 20 Oct 2012
In reply to The Lemming:

Nowadays, pretty much any ball head that will take Arca style plates should be good and that's what you want.

I have a spare Markins head (a Q10 I think or maybe Q20) knocking around my loft somewhere if you're interested...

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owlart - on 20 Oct 2012
In reply to The Lemming: So, when asked what you'd like for Christmas, the answer is "Well, you could give me a little head"? I like it! :-) I hope you get what you ask for!

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