/ I'm considering a Christmas present 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?
Yes I would sell the 804 if you are not going to use it. Should get £25 for it on eBay
I've got the same tripod as you and find this head really good: -
Almost the same, cheaper, but without the panning facility: -
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.
Blatant last ditched bump.
I bought one of these last week: -
Tripod, fitted with a D7000, fits into the bag without the need to seperate them.
Good shout. I'm after something like that as well.
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.
If you want something fancy have a look at the manfrotto national geographic series NGEH2 hydrostatic ball head:
Its very nice and goes nicely with the NGET2 carbon tripod.
Way too much tripod for myself; really should be selling it.
Hope this helps,
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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