Steve –

 

Hi Steve, I have to buy a new tripod has I had to leave mine in Thailand due to having to much luggae when I left. Although it was getting old and I was wnting a better one.

Could you tell me if No1 or no2 is better in your opinion.

 

Charles

 

I wish I knew these models but I don’t.  I can comment that ‘generally’ ballheads are superior for our uses than pan and tilt heads which were designed with video cameras, but a good pan&tilt head is better than a crappy ballhead.

 

What is your budget?  That might be a better space to work from.  Most of the time I only recommend two brands, Gitzo and Manafrotto.  Gitzo’s are expensive and are for legs only.. about $500 USD for a set of legs and another $500 or so for a good ball head like the Acra-Swiss B1 or the RSS BH series.  These are lifetime tripods.  I’ve even backed my truck over mine (twice!) by accident, leaving the bag on the ground, and they’re fine.

 

Manafrotto, a decent one, isn’t ‘cheap’, but they’re the minimum that will work properly..

 

Charles –

 

I wish I knew these models but I don’t.  I can comment that ‘generally’ ballheads are superior for our uses than pan and tilt heads which were designed with video cameras, but a good pan&tilt head is better than a crappy ballhead.

 

What is your budget?  That might be a better space to work from.  Most of the time I only recommend two brands, Gitzo and Manafrotto.  Gitzo’s are expensive and are for legs only.. about $500 USD for a set of legs and another $500 or so for a good ball head like the Acra-Swiss B1 or the RSS BH series.  These are lifetime tripods.  I’ve even backed my truck over mine (twice!) by accident, leaving the bag on the ground, and they’re fine.

 

Manafrotto, a decent one, isn’t ‘cheap’, but they’re the minimum that will work properly..

 

The issue with tripods..

 

·      They need to work right and be used right or it’s not worth using one at all. 

 

·      Generally, the less expensive the tripod the more care needs to go into using them to make them effective.  In other words, the more difficult they are to use properly, the more time needed to set them up, etc.

 

·      Ballheads are better for most photography uses than any other, pan&tilt being the least useful and gimbels being superior for wildlife and moving sports/cars/objects.

 

·      There are definite techniques which really help use these correctly.  A tripod by itself can actually make things worse if not used correctly.  Think ‘tuning fork effect’ and you’ll be close.

 

 

Have you considered a good monopod?  They’re often available at a lower price point, for instance you can use a swivel attachment for $19 vs. a $500 head.. and they actually fit some uses better.

 

Steve

 

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