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Pistol Grip Ball Head - Advice / Experience
« on: January 27, 2013, 04:37:18 AM »
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I search CR for "Pistol Grip Ball Head:
and only a handful of threads came up.  :-\

My questions are:

1) Do you own a Pistol Grip Ball Head; If so what
brand & Model / any experience, good bad, etc using one?

2) From the links below, any advice / alternatives? 

Vanguard GH-100 Pistol Grip Ball Head

Manfrotto 322RC2 Joystick Head Short

Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head with Quick Release (Black)

Slik AF2100 Pistol Grip Head with Quick Release

Sunpak 620-PISTOLGRPQR Tripod, Ball Head

Thanks in advance !   :D

Peace!  8)


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Re: Pistol Grip Ball Head - Advice / Experience
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2013, 03:53:55 AM »
Really?  Not a single reply?

Awe crap  :P :-\

peace.  :-[

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Re: Pistol Grip Ball Head - Advice / Experience
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2013, 05:57:08 AM »
I have a Bilora 1157 Professional.
It is very usefull for taking videos and cheap.
I can recommend that one.
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Re: Pistol Grip Ball Head - Advice / Experience
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2013, 07:06:36 AM »
I have a Bilora 1157 Professional.

I'm also using this one and it is great for that price. I can recommend it, too.

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Re: Pistol Grip Ball Head - Advice / Experience
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2013, 07:27:13 AM »
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.

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Re: Pistol Grip Ball Head - Advice / Experience
« Reply #5 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.

Paul

Paul,

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.

Thanks,
Peace!  8)

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Re: Pistol Grip Ball Head - Advice / Experience
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2013, 04:52:08 AM »
I have the Manfrotto RC322 pistol grip, but although it fits the bill, with time the friction control starts deteriorating. Better invest a bit more and get a proper head from the beginning if you are serious about your photography.

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Re: Pistol Grip Ball Head - Advice / Experience
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2013, 01:39:42 PM »
The older Manfroto Pistol Grips were noted for having a lot of play, particularly the vertical ones.  I had two of them, both with the same problem.  The horizontal grips did it as well, I had one.
I have mine bolted to a light table and find it handy for product shots.  Worthless for a tripod or big lens.
Finally, I spent the extra $$ on the new model, it does not have play, but it takes a tight squeeze to release it, and since I have carpal tunnel, its not the easiest thing for me to do.
If you buy one, buy one that can be returned if you do not like it.