« on: January 29, 2013, 03:10:58 AM »
I have a Bilora 1157 Professional.
It is very usefull for taking videos and cheap.
I can recommend that one.
yablonsky, thanks, but they don't sell that in the USA and I don't feel comfortable purchasing it in foreign currency.
I'm also using this one and it is great for that price. I can recommend it, too.
Gosh, that grip looks a lot like the other ones I listed. So maybe I'll just have to take this one on myself.
I appreciate the feedback / advice.
Last year I bought a second hand Manfrotto #3265 (it also says #222 on the grip, and "Made in Italy").
Mine is a bit like the 322RC2, but the camera sits on top of the grip handle (rather than on the side of it).
I got it for a great price, and I used it a bit in person before I bought it (from Gumtree, the Australia free online selling / buying community). So I was happy with that, as it works well and the price was much less than new. It sits on my tripod which I bought about 1.5 years before.
The main reason I wanted to get a ball-head was for macros and 'the quick release possibility'. It complements my existing 3-way Manfrotto head very well.
Hope you'll get a good outcome with your decision and purchase.
Thanks, that is what I'm looking for as well, versatility and quick release as a byproduct. However, I have a heavy set-up, batery pack, mic, brackets, lens, etc. etc. I think it's be too much for that type.
I'll keep researching, and post what I get with a review.