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Head for Manfrotto 055xprob
« on: October 05, 2012, 11:27:34 AM »
I am looking for a head for this tripod, I definitely want it to be suitable for indoor real estate photography, but I also want it for general purpose use. I am interested in macro for example, and travel photography (landscapes, streets, architecture). So I guess I'm looking at a general purpose head that is comfortable to use. I took a look at the joystick ones and like the idea, but as I'm new to tripods I want some expert opinions on what I should be looking for and what I should be wary of. Thanks

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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2012, 05:32:56 AM »
It depends how heavy your lens are and if you want fluid movement or a simple ball head.  I use a 498RC2 and I think that it satisfies my needs, which is mainly landscape photography. 

One thing I would definitely recommend is a quick release tripod, it just makes things so much easier.

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Re: Head for Manfrotto 055xprob
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2012, 06:19:39 AM »
There's no perfect solution for all. Use a good gearhead for macro and landscape and another head for the rest. Else you will be unhappy in both situations.

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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2012, 07:11:53 AM »
I'd try a Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head. Sucks for panning and quick movement, but seems ideal for what you're doing where precise movement would trump those for stills.

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Re: Head for Manfrotto 055xprob
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2012, 08:18:19 AM »
I have a 055CXPRO4 and a 410 Junior Geared Head. It has a quick release for each of it's 3 adjustment points which gets you close to where you want to be and then you fine adjust to get the exact position you're looking for. It has a quick release plate for the camera or lens to mount to. I ordered a spare release plate as well. It's great for macro, landscape and just about anything that gives you time to adjust.

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Re: Head for Manfrotto 055xprob
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2012, 09:33:44 AM »
Get a good ball head with an arca-swiss style quick release.

On my 055  tripod I  use a Manfrotto 498 RC2  which i modified to take a Jobu Design arca style clamp.
With the arca swiss system you can put plates on all your camera's and large lenses that have tripod collars,
the plates are flat and you can leave them on the camera/lens all the time.  The Manfrotto plates  are uncomfortable if you leave them on when the camera is not on the tripod.

Many heads use the arca swiss style so you don't need to change your plates if you want to upgrade your sytem later.  I modified my manfrotto after I started using a Gimbal head that had arca swiss clamp and plate.
I also put an arca clamp on the top of my monopod. 

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Re: Head for Manfrotto 055xprob
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2012, 09:37:35 AM »
Question for the OP:  do you need/want to do stitched panoramas?  If so, you might consider a Really Right Stuff pano setup.  In RE shots, subjects are close so you need to rotate around the no-parallax point. RRS has nice single- and multi-row pano setups.
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Re: Head for Manfrotto 055xprob
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2012, 10:06:13 AM »
I'm a really huge fan of Really Right Stuff. Give them a call, describe your gear and what you want to do with it, and they'll get you set with exactly what you need.

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Re: Head for Manfrotto 055xprob
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2012, 11:04:08 AM »
I have this tripod and i'm using it with a fluid video had, but I want a decent ball-head for landscape, so I have identified the Manfrotto MH0550-Q5 (has a nice release plate that attaches to your DSLR body) as next item on my shopping list (see link below for review). It appeals to me because it looks sturdy, will take 25lbs weight (load), has easily adjustable control levers (including the levers themselves may be pulled out ad re-adjusted so that they do not touch the camera body when mounted and fully locked - a bit like a ratchet mechanism) and it seems a good match for the tripod legs.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/827680-REG/Manfrotto_MH055M0_Q5_055_Magnesium_Ball_Head.html

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Re: Head for Manfrotto 055xprob
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2012, 11:55:22 AM »
498rc2 all the way. got the 055xprob and can only recommend this ballhead. No movement at all with 40d+BG and 70-200 2.8 and 580ex

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Re: Head for Manfrotto 055xprob
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2012, 12:50:27 PM »
If you're a blackrapid user, get an RC2 head from Manfrotto.  If you're a RRS or CarrySpeed user, get an Arca-type head.  Remember that if you're going to be doing walk around shooting, the last thing you want is to take off or attach a plate every time you turn around.
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Re: Head for Manfrotto 055xprob
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2012, 05:38:16 PM »
I have a 322RC2 grip/joystick style ballhead and love it... the ability to switch between panoramic and portrait style shots very quickly... and get the best framing on macro and close up shots easily is why I love it.

Often when a scene is developing I don't have time for a head with separate adjustments... I just want to get the framing that I see and do a quick leveling using the on-camera virtual horizon then shoot.

But, I can definitely see how if you are getting paid to do architectural shooting you might want something with finer adjustments...

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Re: Head for Manfrotto 055xprob
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2012, 05:43:31 PM »
Thanks for all the replies everyone, ended up going for a 498rc2.

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« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2012, 05:43:31 PM »

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Re: Head for Manfrotto 055xprob
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2012, 03:38:45 PM »
Thanks for all the replies everyone, ended up going for a 498rc2.

I was going to suggest the same.. I have one and it works pretty well...

There is some slight play... i.e. after repositioning, with a tele (180mm 70-200 f.8 etc) the nose will drop a little so you have to aim a tad high before locking the ball. I am not sure this is the fault of the ballhead itself... when the legs are stretches out maybe they flex a bit or the ground can be a bit soft at times... just wanted to throw it out there...
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Re: Head for Manfrotto 055xprob
« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2012, 07:48:40 PM »
I like Manfrotto. I don't like their QR clamps/plates.  The Arca-Swiss is much better.  I now have all AS plates, and Wimberley C-12 clamps on my Manfrotto heads.
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Re: Head for Manfrotto 055xprob
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